The area around Lübeck is rich in history and culture and a popular tourist destination. There is so much to see and do that we need your help for the final decision. We are publishing a variety of excursions for preselection with more to come soon.
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#1 Gottorf Castle

In the 17th century, the baroque castle was the residence of the Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. Now it houses the State Art and Cultural History Museum and the State Archeological Museum. The exhibition includes a Gutenberg bible, a Viking burial ship dated c. 310 AD and paintings by Emil Nolde and Ernst Barlach. Another highlight is the Globe of Gottorf, a replica of the first real planetarium from the 17th century with a map of the earth’s surface on the outside and a map of star constellations on the inside. The globe is open for visitors and can seat up to 12 people.

Holiday Inn Hotel

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#2 Hedeby (German: Haithabu)

Hedeby was an important Viking Age trading settlement at an inlet of the Baltic Sea. The place was abandoned around 1100 AD and rediscovered around 1900. Since 2005 exact copies of some of the original Viking houses have been built. The most important archaeological findings are on display in the adjacent Museum.

Hedeby

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#3 A tour of castles and estates

Numerous castles, manors and estates are found in the German county of Schleswig-Holstein. Some of these buildings have a history of over 1000 years. Most castles nowadays are in public ownership and open to visitors. Others are still privately owned farm estates but offer tours. We will choose a fine selection.

Gatehouse

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#4 Laboe Naval Memorial and U-995

The monument was originally intended to commemorate the soldiers of the Imperial German Navy fallen in World War I. After 1945, the dead of the Kriegsmarine in World War II were added. In 1954, it was rededicated to commemorate the sailors of all nationalities who died during the World Wars. U-995 is the world’s only remaining type VII submarine. The tower is situated right at the beach and provides a fantastic view of the city of Kiel and the Kiel Fjord.

Laboe

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#5 A day at the beach

We will take you to Travemünde, the seashore district of Lübeck. There are lots of things to spend your time on. Watch containerships and ferries pass by at the promenade. Visit the tall ship Passat with its onboard museum or the oldest lighthouse in Germany. Take a walk to the Brodtener Banks, a steep coastline, in some places 20 metres high, that stretches along the coast for four kilometres. Bring your swimwear and get your feet wet in the Baltic sea. Or just enjoy the sun in an original roofed wicker beach chair (advance booking needed).

Beachchair

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#6 Boat trip on the Wakenitz river

The nature reserve of the Wakenitz area had been unaffected for almost 40 years due to its proximity to the inner German border separating East and West Germany. You can watch rare birds in this “Amazonas of the North”, and with a little luck the water lilies are still in bloom.

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#7 Kiel Canal/Rendsburg High Bridge

The Kiel Canal links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. Opened in 1895, it is nowadays the busiest canal in the world with twice as much annual traffic as the Panama Canal.
The Rendsburg High Bridge is a railway viaduct that also serves as a transporter bridge. The steel construction was opened in 1913 and is one of Germany’s most important technical monuments. Right under the bridge, there is a “greeting station” where a team of retired skippers greets every passing ship by playing the national anthem of their country of registry.

High bridge

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#8 Remains of the Stone Age

In the German county of Schleswig-Holstein, about 900 megalithic tombs can still be found. They were built around 3000 BC, mostly as either passage graves or dolmens.

Stone Age

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#9 Sieseby

The village of Sieseby lies by a narrow inlet of the Baltic Sea. With its chalk-white cottages and thatched roofs, it is one of the most beautiful villages of the county.

Sieseby

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#10 Zoo “Ark Warder”

This is a zoo specialising in domestic and farm animals threatened by extinction – hence the name. See goats, sheep or geese you never thought existed, many of them close enough for fine portraits.

Girgentana goat

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#11 Eutin Castle

Eutin Castle belongs to the most important courtly secular buildings in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The four-winged palace originated from a medieval castle and was expanded over several centuries into a residence. The castle originally belonged to the Lübeck prince-bishops, later it became the summer residence of the Dukes of Oldenburg. Most of the interior has survived to the present-day. The casing of the Arp Schnitger organ in the chapel is still original. Today the castle houses a museum and is open to the public in summer. The former Baroque garden was converted during the 18th and 19th century to a landscaped park.

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#12 Submerged Gondola

Grömitz is one of the biggest and liveliest sea resorts at the Baltic coast. At the end of the 400 m long pier, a submerged gondola takes up to 30 passengers 3,5 meters (11.5 ft) down to the seabed. Watch the Baltic sea life without getting wet – and enjoy 3-D videos of those marine animals who live further off the coast.

submerged gondola

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#13 The Wadden Sea (North Sea coast, UNESCO world heritage site)

A chance to compare two oceans within one week! We take you to the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein where the sea is rougher and life depends on the changing of the tides. Take a guided tour through the tidal flats at low tide and learn about the processes that shape this landscape and the many animals living in this constantly changing environment. In summer, it is marvellous to walk barefoot on the wet sand. (Coach trip takes 2,5 hours one way.)

Wadden Sea

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