The Alte Land is only a short distance away from Hamburg, which makes it an ideal destination for excursions and vacations. The picturesque landscape on the Elbe river is gently incorporated between the Hanseatic city and the North Sea. For all those who still long to experience a charming city flair, the maritime Hanseatic cities of Stade and Buxtehude are not far away.
With its maritime charm and cosmopolitan outlook, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of Europe's most beautiful metropolises and offers its guests pure experiences of the city and nature: a variety of hotels, restaurants, theatres and shops, chic beaches on the Elbe and the green banks of the Alster, a lively harbour and city sights encompassing over 1,200 years of urban history.
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.
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.
Neoclassical buildings, traditional half-timbered houses, the splendid red-brick cathedral, the fairy-tale castle and Lake Schwerin – the state capital of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is the perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days.
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.
Many people know the heathland region of Uelzen for its famous Hundertwasser train station or its iodine-saline spa in Bad Bevensen. But the district in the east of the Lüneburg Heath has a lot more to offer. Situated some 100 km from the major cities of Hamburg, Hanover and Braunschweig, the region’s scenic diversity holds a number of surprises.
One of the main reasons for visiting the Lüneburg Heath’s unique landscape is the peaceful, traffic-free nature conservation area with the largest area of continuous heathland in central Europe. But for those seeking a little more action, this area has probably the greatest concentration of theme parks in the whole of the country! These include Ralf Schumacher’s cutting-edge karting complex in Bispingen – one of its kind in Germany.
The holiday region of Wendland.Elbe offers plenty of opportunity for self-expression – for being artistic and creative, pursuing activities out and about in the countryside or simply for slowing down and focusing on yourself. The Lower Saxony Elbtalaue biosphere reserve and the Elbhöhen-Wendland nature park ensure the preservation of the varied natural landscapes of Wendland – from the untouched mudflats of the Elbe to the purple heather on the Heath and the extensive woodland areas. Visitors can experience this diversity at close quarters on the many cycle, hiking and horse-riding trails.
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.