For All Desires: Coastal Adventures As The Seasons Change

The district of Ostholstein combines urban life, cultural diversity and an outstanding nature. Protected from everyday hectic, places as Scharbeutz, Heiligenhafen, Timmendorf Beach and the island of Fehmarn offer an extremely high recreational value as well as a very good setting for sporting activities. The numerous lakes and forests inland are popular destinations for daytrips. Every season has something unique to offer and invites you to explore the surrounding area.

Spring, the beginning of nature‘s life cycle, is ideally suited for a bicycle tour, for an extensive hike or for horseback riding across the colourful countryside. In the district of Ostholstein you will find 1,400 kilometres of signposted bike tracks through the charming landscape. Theme routes, Baltic Coast Cycle Route or Mönchsweg (The Monks‘ Trail) are all very worthwhile. In the summer, of course, beach life is at the centre of action. When the temperatures reach record levels, people spend much time in and on the water. Kiters and surfers now rush to the popular surf spots, of which you find so many in the region. The beautiful sailing areas get crowded with ships, dinghies, and boats, whose sailors hope for maximum wind speed. Water tourism of course also includes the many marinas which characterise the area with their yachts. Some of them joined the German-Danish port cooperation BalticSailing, Northern Europe‘s biggest port network. Activities on land also increase rapidly. The promenades and piers get more and more crowded. Summer days are also popular for canoeing on the many lakes or on the river Schwentine.

Where the Baltic Sea meets a landscape filled with lakes and fish, passionate fishermen are always around. The city of Heiligenhafen is known as their favourite meeting place. Another notable tourist industry is the camping business with continuously record-breaking numbers of visitors. Both, the marinas and the camping sector, demonstrate an exceptionally high standard of quality, which has won them many awards.

Short autumn days and harsh weather indicate that now is the perfect time to pick mushrooms and wild herbs in the Holstein Switzerland Nature Park. Those who love maritime impressions may want to go for a walk on the beach where they can observe the hustle and bustle of the migratory birds and other animals. Why not enjoy an exciting day out at Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, including fabulous views of the Baltic Sea? A wide range of playgrounds and indoor sports opportunities invite families from the whole region. Cultural offerings and destinations in the cities complete the offered services and guarantee for additional leisure activities, regardless of the weather.

When winter arrives, it is time to wrap up warm and to enjoy the fresh air in the seaside resorts as well as in the inland areas, for instance in the forests or at the numerous beautiful lakes. With an exceptional gastronomic selection in all price ranges and with cultural events for the whole family you will like Ostholstein even in the cold season.

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