Melsdorf Things to Do
If you have about one or two hours of time left and don't know what to do in Melsdorf, you can take a nice walk to a small pond near Mettenhof and have a picnic there. You will be able to buy bread and some other accessories in the bakery at the town center but for more options you will have to go to a supermarket in Mettenhof (the closest option is in Jütlandring).
To reach the pond, head for the railroad tracks in the south, walk past the fire department, cross the railroad tracks and turn left immediately, then walk along the tracks. You will soon find yourself in an agricultural landscape which is very nice on a hot summer day. After about ten to fifteen minutes you should reach a small pond where you can have a nice picnic while watching the passing ducks.
Afterwards, follow the path for about fifty meters and then turn right and cross the pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks. During sunset this is a very beautiful viewpoint where you can see the tracks seemingly intersect beyond the horizon. Behind the bridge, follow the footpath to your left until you can't go on and then go uphill on your right just behind the playground. Follow the red footpath and cross the main road, steadily walking straight on until you reach the Heidenberger Teich, a gradually larger pond at the heart of Mettenhof. Turn left at the hill and follow the small footpath along the fields, turn left again after having walked around the hill and follow another small footpath until you reach the main road from Melsdorf to Ottendorf. Turn left again along this road and you will come into Melsdorf from the northeast. The Dorfstraße will take you right back to the city center.
If however you are stranded in Melsdorf or simply want to relax from cycling for about fifteen minutes you can easily cover the main routes in the small village. Be prepared to see not much apart from simple houses, but if you're one of the travellers who likes to keep the eyes open for the (very) small things in life, it might be enjoyable for a short time amount.
The best place to start is the town center where you can still see the old (though not unchanged) Dörpsdiek (village pond). There is also a small war memorial stone like in every small village in the region but else there is not much to see here. You might want to head for the more beautiful living districts along Birkenweg in the west, now without the famous Raiffeisen Tower landmark which was torn down a few years ago. The birch avenue (Birkenweg) is still one of the more idyllic spots in the village and on a sunny day, when the children are playing in the gardens, it makes for a nice stroll. You can head back into town via the Dorfstraße and follow it past the town center to the elementary school. Turn left to see the Dörpskrog, the only pub in town, the church building (which is soon to be replaced) and the sports facilities in Karkkampweg. Turn right just across the school yard to reach another nice township which is rather sleepy but also one of the older parts of town. Alternatively you can walk east past the end of Birkenweg to reach Bahnhofsstraße (station road) where you find the old Bahnhof (train station) which is now inhabited by locals. Turn left at the end of the road and go past the fire department, then turn left again via Rotenhofer Weg past the smithy, Melsdorf's oldest - if rather uninteresting - building. A few meters further up the road you will be back at the town center and really have seen nearly everything of Melsdorf now.
Fegefeuer is a very small part of outer Melsdorf which lies near the railroad tracks west of the town center. You can reach it by following the Dorfstraße in the direction of Achterwehr and turning left at the first road after you left the village. It consists of around three houses which are not as old as they are intended to look, but if you are heading for Schönwohld you might want to take a look at this area.
Behind the Autobahn bridge there is a large Kiesgrube (gravel-pit) which is one of the largest in the region. Following the route you will get to Schönwohld after about one kilometer.
If you are getting hungry or thirsty from cycling tours through the region west of Kiel, you might want to make a stop at a traditional German Kneipe (pub) in Melsdorf, the Dörpskrog (village tavern). Like almost every kneipe in Germany, the Dörpskrog offers good possibilities for drinking a beer in the nighttime and getting in touch with some of the locals. But don't expect too much - this is an average village meeting place which can be found in any of the small towns around. However, if you are stranded in Melsdorf or simply decide to spend the evening here, it is your only option and certainly not a bad one.
Every late September, when the weather in Schleswig-Holstein is on the brim of changing into constant rain for 6 months, a festival is held in Melsdorf just on the meadows outside the fire department. You can be assured to meet many beer-drinking and sausage-eating locals there who spend some time with their families and friends, but it is easy enough to accustomize since it's a very informal event. If you want to witness a typical rural village festival of Northern Germany, this might be a convenient opportunity.
The single best reason to head for Melsdorf is to use it as a gateway village for the countryside west of Kiel and the Ottendorf part of the Kiel canal. The most beautiful route into Melsdorf by bicycle is via Kronshagen and Ottendorf, which can be easily reached from Kiel via the Skandinaviendamm or the Eckernförder Straße. From Melsdorf there are several rewarding routes: into Ottendorf and to the canal or into the nearby towns of Stampe and Strohbrück, to Stampe via Kählenweg, to Quarnbek via Karkkampweg or just following the Dorfstraße. It is also well possible to cycle to the Ahrensee, a small section of the larger lake Westensee, following the B202 into the direction of Achterwehr.
The easiest way to reach Melsdorf by car is via the Autobahn (A 210, exit Melsdorf). Turn left after leaving the A 210 and you will enter the village from the south. Another convenient way (coming from Kiel) is to leave the A 215 in Kiel-Mettenhof and head straight for the T-crossing at the Skandinaviendamm, then turn left and drive for about 2 kilometres and you will enter Melsdorf from the east. It is also possible to leave the Westring in Kiel for the Kronshagener Weg and follow the large road for about 6 kilometres. You will reach the Skandinaviendamm and enter Melsdorf as previously described.
The Kiel city bus service (KVG) runs regular services until midnight, which cover two bus stops in Melsdorf, Schneiderkoppel (to Melsdorf) / Schmiedekoppel (from Melsdorf) and Melsdorf (final stop, both ways). The final stop is located directly at the town center, buses run from Melsdorf to Kiel railway station and beyond to the beaches in the northwest (weekdays and Saturdays, Line 91) or the northeast (Sundays and holidays, Line 100 and 101). The general fare is around 2 € but there are also short ride tickets, which will bring you into the outskirts of Kiel but not into the city center. There is also a twice-a-day service heading for the university and Hassee (Line 6), but this one is not very useful to get into Melsdorf. To reach the villages west of Melsdorf, you can take Line 4610 from the bus stop Schwartenbock, which is a 15 minute-walk from the town center: you'll have to cross the train tracks and the Autobahn south of the village before getting to the B202.