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.
With a layout typical of the period – the market place at the centre, with the streets radiating out like the sails of a windmill – Eutin is a perfect example of twelfth century town planning. The market place itself has a long history. In 1156, Eutin was designated a market town and in the following year its layout was altered to accommodate this. The market place today remains surrounded by numerous half-timbered houses and historic buildings, Eutin having escaped the bombing during the Second World War. Such buildings include the red-brick church of St. Michael, completed between 1210 and 1230, the Witwenpalais, the town hall with its classical façade and the former court apothecary.
Lovers of culture will definitely get their money’s worth in Eutin. Many packages include guided tours through the history of the old town and the castle, a boat trip on the lake and breaks to enjoy the local cuisine, before inviting you to an evening of opera at the lakeside theatre as part of the Eutin Festival. If you prefer a more active holiday and would like to enjoy a view of gently rolling hills, you can enjoy a canoeing or cycling holiday with accommodation included.