By the water’s edge

In the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, holiday and leisure possibilities on the water are endless. Be it for leisure lovers or ship watchers, canoeists, sunbathers, cycling enthusiasts, hikers or nature discoverers – the way to the water is never far off. There are the two seas, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, plus countless large and small lakes as well as rivers and streams, not to mention the majestic Elbe.

The North Sea and Baltic Sea are ideal for walks along the coastline and long beaches, and for a refreshing swim in summer. Piers take you far beyond the Baltic Sea, and on the North Sea, mudflat hikes along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadden Sea beckon.

The Elbe flows through the region from east to west, and meets the North Sea in Cuxhaven. Embedded in maritime landscapes like the Elbe marshes or the Elbe River Landscape UNESCO biosphere reserve, and lined with charming small towns and the metropolis of Hamburg, the river is the heartbeat of the metropolitan region.

This water-rich experience is made complete by the three waterscapes in Holstein Switzerland, the Duchy of Lauenburg and Schwerin. Here, too, historical cities worth seeing await to be discovered. Picturesque cycling and hiking trails wind through the regions and lead to relaxing beaches, through enchanted forests and green meadows, while passenger ships sail to landmarks and hidden coves.

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Camping by the Baltic Sea in North-West Mecklenburg

The Baltic in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania greets its visitors, whatever the time of year, with fascinating displays of nature. In the summer the sun sinks into the sea like a red-hot ball of fire and in the autumn the thundering of the Baltic cannot fail to make an impression. Excursions to see the natural environment are many and varied: sandy beaches and cliffs, islands and bays are all to be found along the coast of north-west Mecklenburg.

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Off to the North Sea – A relaxing time in Dithmarschen

Dithmarschen has something for everyone! Whether it’s a walk along the seabed at the Wadden Sea UNESCO world heritage site, a stroll through tranquil harbours or watching ocean-going liners on the Kiel Canal; whether it’s enjoying the unique north German landscape, having an adventure holiday on a farm or taking part in sporting activities that stimulate both mind and body, we have the right holiday for you, whatever your tastes.

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Lübeck – The UNESCO World Heritage on the water with a diverse culture and lots of marzipan

With its hidden world of passageways and courtyards, proud merchants’ houses, the world famous Holsten Gate and the Old Town Island with its seven churches, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987, Lübeck is simply unique. The former “Queen of the Hanseatic League” is a fascinating destination for city tourists and promises lovers of culture, history and the maritime way of life some moments of genuine pleasure.

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Time out in Eutin – the perfect combination of culture and countryside close to the town

Eutin is the cultural centre of Holstein Switzerland, just a few kilometres away from the Baltic coast. In addition to its impressive architecture, its wonderful gardens and its many cultural attractions, it is also surrounded by numerous lakes, forests and hills. This combination makes Eutin the ideal place for a holiday or day trip.

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Experience the lakes and castles of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Although not far from the major cities of Hamburg and Berlin, you soon find yourself out in the middle of nowhere in Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Rivers cut their way through the landscape and informative nature trails take you through idyllic, protected areas that are home to beavers, white-tailed eagles and otters. Space to relax and be inspired.

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Tracking down the wonders of nature in the Segeberg district

The Segeberg district, with its wide-open fields and green meadows lies in the eastern part of Schleswig-Holstein. The foothills of Holstein Switzerland mean that the landscape is hilly with lots of lakes for swimming and relaxation. Situated centrally between Hamburg, Neumünster and Lübeck, the Segeberg district also offers lots of destinations for day trips to lakeside villages or pretty little towns.

Photo credits: Schwerin (Oliver Borchert); Kreis Segeberg (Dirk Gosch); Dithmarschen Tourismus; Schwerin (Rex Schober); LTM; Eutin (Anne Weise Fine Art Fotografie); Ostseequelle; Hotel Küstenperle