About Schleswig-Holstein

Germany’s northernmost federal state, Schleswig-Holstein, is special in many regards. It is the only federal state that is situated both on the North Sea coast as well as on the Baltic Sea coast, and the only federal state which has 3 official languages: German, Danish and North Frisian. Schleswig-Holstein is well known for its islands (especially the regularly flooded Halligen), its lighthouses and the beauty of its nature. Because it is rather sparsely populated, the raw beauty of Schleswig-Holstein’s landscapes is even more visible.

Landscape and Climate:

The Wadden sea and dikes on the west coast, cliffs and white sandy beaches on the east coast, and gentle hills and idyllic lakes in between: Schleswig-Holstein has it all − except mountains of course! The good fresh air and a pretty view are accompanied by moderate temperatures and above-average rainfall, both in the maritime climate in the coastal areas and in the humid continental climate in the interior of the country.

Important Cities:

  • The state capital Kiel, which is also Schleswig-Holstein's largest city, combines maritime flair with the conveniences of urban civilization.
  • The city of Husum, which is located close to the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a cosy harbour town with an impressive cultural programme.
  • Lübeck, on the other hand, enchants with the historic charm of its old town’s winding alleys, the famous Holsten Gate and the world's best marzipan.

 

  Husum

 

🚂

 

 

   Kiel

 

🚄 🚂

🚌

🚗

  Lübeck

✈️

🚄 🚂

🚌

🚗

  Sankt Peter-Ording

 

 

 

 

  Wacken

 

 

 

🚗

  Westerland (Sylt)

✈️

🚂

 

 

 

✈️ – airport

🚄 – connection to long-distance train service: ICE (high-speed trains)

🚂 – connection to long-distance train service: IC/EC

🚌 – important bus station

🚗 – good highway connection

mit dem Zug

If you want to travel to Schleswig-Holstein with the ICE, you will stop in Hamburg. Here, you have access to the ICE services to Kiel via Neumünster and to Lübeck. In addition to that, there are IC and EC trains to Westerland (via Husum), to Puttgarden (via Lübeck and Oldenburg) and to Flensburg.

mit dem Fernbus

Flensburg, Kiel, and Lübeck are the most important hubs for long-distance busses in Schleswig-Holstein. These cities are a destination for busses coming from Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich or Hanover. Some of the bus lines will stop in Bad Segeberg, Schleswig and Neumünster too.

mit dem Flugzeug

If you are looking for an international airport in Schleswig-Holstein, you’re looking in vain. But there are 2 regional airports, Lübeck and Westerland Sylt, in the northernmost federal state.

mit der Mitfahrgelegenheit

Experience has shown that car rides are mainly offered in the larger cities - now the question remains as to how well Schleswig-Holstein's road network is developed. Thanks to the motorways connecting Hamburg and Flensburg, Hamburg and Kiel as well as Hamburg and Lübeck, you can get to these cities within a short period of time. The major cities of Schleswig-Holstein are well connected too, in some cases the connection is not optimal though.