The Most Interesting Cities and Towns to Explore in Schleswig-Holstein

Husum shipyard
Husum shipyard | © Regenwolke0 / Pixabay
Exploring the German state of Schleswig-Holstein is like nothing short of going on a treasure hunt. Many of the gorgeous corners of this state are well-kept secrets, promising solitude in addition to stunning natural beauty and abundant culture.


Kiel is a port city situated on the Baltic Sea coast in North Germany. A perfect holiday in Kiel would mean strolling along the gorgeous sea promenade, learning about the town’s shipping history at the Kiel Maritime Museum, exploring a Nazi submarine and checking out one of the world’s busiest artificial waterways, Kiel Canal. If you are in Kiel in June you get to witness the largest sailing festival in the world.

Sailboats in Kiel © Foerdegirl / Pixabay


The 12th-century harbor town of Lübeck might be small but it packs a solid punch. It promises an array of stunning architecture, including the Holstentor, St. Mary’s Church, Rathaus and Salzspeicher, and interesting museums like Buddenbrookhaus, Günter Grass-House and European Hansemuseum. When in town, make a point to treat yourself to yummy marzipan goodies at the 212-year-old Café Niederegger.


The charming port town of Flensburg is among Germany‘s best-kept secrets. It enjoys a picture-perfect location at the tip of the Flensburg Fjord in northern Germany. While the waterside is Flensburg’s most photogenic spot, the town has a lot more to offer. The atmospheric old town, bustling shopping streets, 1,900 hectares of nature, beautiful ancient architecture and interesting museums contribute to make it an offbeat yet enjoyable city to explore.

Flensburg skyline © ptra / Pixabay


Neumünster is a perfect weekend getaway if you wish to slow down and relax in the midst of nature, without running around sightseeing. Neumünster Zoo, set in a lush woodland, is home to over 135 species of animals, reptiles and birds, and is a very popular family destination for locals and tourists. Another must-visit spot is the sparkling Lake Einfelder, a great place to sunbathe, row or sail.


Thanks to its rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and the shimmering Lake Windebyer Noo, this port town seems to have been pinched right out of a glossy travel magazine. And if that’s not enough to convince you to visit, what seals the deal is the candy factory! Eckernförde is a popular holiday spot for Germans, especially north Germans, but it hasn’t yet caught the attention of hordes of tourists. So go before word gets out!

Eckernförde © Fyliks / Pixabay


We challenge you to find a more picturesque maritime setting than Husum. At this adorable harbor town close to the Germany-Denmark border by the North Sea, narrow alleys crisscross past colorful fishermen’s houses, cozy taverns and tempting seafood restaurants. A walk along the dikes will reward you with spectacular views of the UNESCO-listed Wadden Sea mud flats. Other than bountiful nature, Husum also offers generous doses of culture in the form of 32 sites of architectural and historical interest.


Eutin is wrapped by several lakes and verdant forests on all sides, which makes the town a sight that must be seen to be believed. The skyline of Eutin is dominated by the beautiful four-winged Eutin Castle. When in Eutin, make a point to visit the Bridegroom’s Oak, a tree that has been bringing singles together for over 500 years! Even if you are not looking for love, the tree is worth a visit for its sheer uniqueness and legendary status.