The Federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is in the far north of Germany and is known as the “Land between two seas”. The area runs from the Danish border to the south of Lübeck in a series of bays, cliffs and inland fjords. A string of seaside resorts runs south along the Baltic coast from Glücksburg, the cradle of European royalty with its moated castle, down to Travemünde in the south-east. Holstein's Switzerland, a picturesque nature reserve, is located between Kiel Bay and Lübeck Bay offering a host of lovely self-catering cottages and rentals. The capital of the region is Kiel, with its romantic courtyards, pretty market squares and distinctly Nordic port.
The region of Schleswig-Holstein offers a host of outdoor attractions and activities to suit every visitor, whether they are looking for extreme sports and family-orientated fun. Water based activities such as sailing, kayaking, surfing and boat trips can be found in all parts of this beautiful state of historic Germany. The lakes and forests provide wind-swept walking and cycling, or sit on a traditional wicker beach chair and watch breathtaking sunsets before dining in one of the excellent family-run restaurants. Bird and nature spotting can be enjoyed at the Wadden Sea National Park. Play golf and tennis, relax at a spa or tour the area by motorbike or bicycle.
Schleswig-Holstein offers a host of different terrains, so each trip out from your Schleswig-Holstein holiday rental can take you on a different adventure. The coastline, open sea, nature reserves, islands, countryside, national parks and charming cities all offer a different aspect of this lovely area. Kiel offers plenty of maritime experiences from walking on the beaches to watching the ocean-going liners navigate the Kiel Canal. The Kiel Week Regatta is one of Europe’s biggest summer festivals. Flensburg is a delightful small town on the border with Denmark. See the historical old quarter with beautiful buildings, cobbled streets and great shopping. Friedrichstadt was founded in 1621 by Duke Friedrich III and has steep gabled canal houses, similar to those in Amsterdam, along its picturesque canals in the historic Old Quarter. Finest of all the towns around your Schleswig-Holstein holiday rental is Lübeck with its UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town.
The Schleswig-Holstein region has warm sunny summers and cold winters with some snow. Daytime high temperatures range from 3°C (38°F) in January and February up to 19°C (67°F) in July and August. September to January are the months which have the most precipitation.
Hamburg (HAM) International Airport has many international flights arriving daily and is convenient for most Schleswig-Holstein holiday rentals. The S-Bahn suburban rail network links Hamburg Airport with the main railway station for easy onward travel. There are also a number of car rental counters within the airport, as well as taxis.