It's really as picturesque as on all the photos, pictures, drawings or souvenirs that you can find of Westerhever lighthouse - and therefore a must-see if you are in the area. Far off the main roads, Westerhever lighthouse is still a popular tourist destination. This is due to its iconic image: two small houses next to a big lighthouse, somewhere in the flat and barren nomansland between the dike and the sea. From the car park, it's a good half an hour walk constantly fighting against the wind, and with every step you'll get closer to the lighthouse. For me, this meant stopping every few metres to take yet another photo of it...
Westerhever lighthouse was built in 1906 on a terp (a small artificial hill built against the tides) and has been in use ever since. Its height of more than 41m makes its light visible for more than 50km. Automated since 1979, the lighthouse itself is not inhabited anymore, but the two houses next to it are used as accommodation for volunteers working in conservation of the Wadden Sea NP. Looking at the tower from the outside is possible at any time, but for a guided tour of it (between Easter and end of October) you'll need to book ahead by telephone 0049 (04865) 1206. Tours are given once an hour and cost € 2 for children and € 4 for adults.
Nordstrand is a peninsula near Husum. Connected with the mainland by a dike since 1907, Nordstrand makes for a nice outing. There is not exactly a lot to see, but there are a few nice villages, a lot of so-called Haubargs (large manor houses) and the ferry connection to Pellworm, a "real" island - all of these spread out under an endless sky. Nordstrand is easily accessible by car or bike - the main road takes you directly to Strucklahnungshörn from where the ferries to Pellworm leave. However, it's worth taking a few of the byways as well.
We went for a walk on the dike near the ferry port and very much enjoyed the silence and the view. If you are not averse to loneliness and tranquility, Nordstrand is a good place to visit.Related to:
- National/State Park
Welt is the German word for "world" - and a minuscule village near Tönning. While the name apparently derives from an old word for a lake which was created after the bursting of a dike and has nothing to do with the world as such, we still chose to visit Welt. There's not exactly anything to see, but we took a few fun photos of us and the place-name sign. See above...
Tönning was once one of Northern Germany's most important ports. An incredible 3,000,000 pounds of cheese were traded annually in Tönning at the beginning of the 17th century. Nowadays, it's hard to believe how busy the small town once must have been. It's still an attractive town and a good place to while away an hour or two.
Most tourists head to the remains of the port where Tönning's finest town houses can be seen. One of them is the "Skipperhuset" (seafarer's house), built in 1625 and dominating the line of houses at one end of the port. Across the canal, the huge warehouse from 1783 can be seen which in winter time is turned into (allegedly) the world's largest Advent calendar. Apart from that, Tönning has a nice church and a typical North German market place.Related to:
Friedrichstadt is a small town of some 2,500 people near Husum. Famous for its almost complete Dutch-looking townscape (a national heritage site), the town is worth a visit at any time of the year. We chose Friedrichstadt as our base to explore this area of Schleswig-Holstein and were not disappointed.
Most of the town's charme comes from its romantic canals lined with old houses, sometimes dating back more than 350 years. Friedrichstadt was founded in 1621 by Duke Frederick III (Friedrich) of Gottorf. He wanted to create a market town and asked Dutch traders to settle there. As they belonged to the Remonstrant religion, he granted them the right to practice their religion which they couldn't do as freely elsewhere. Over the course of time, Mennonites, Catholics, Jews, Lutherans and others settled in Friedrichstadt as well, as the town granted every religion (almost) the same rights. Today, you can still see quite a few churches for such a small place. More attractive, however, are the beautiful town houses on the old canals or in particular on the Markt. The ensemble of nine old houses with their crow-stepped gables is lovely.
Exploring Friedrichstadt is best done on foot. The centre is very small and can be discovered in two or three hours. In summer, you can also book a boat tour on the canals and the surrounding rivers Eider and Treene.
The best place to relax on a cold day
Those cold and strong North Sea winds may be nice to refresh your senses, but they do make you feel cold, don't they? So in case you're looking for a place to warm up and relax for the rest of the day, take a trip to St. Peter-Ording on the Eiderstedt peninsula. Your destination there should be the "Dünentherme" ("The Dunes Thermal Spa"). It's both a waterpark and sauna landscape (see my Sylt pages for more on that). For a price of € 17.50 (adults) / € 11 (children), you can enjoy a full day in Dünentherme. There's enough to do for that, too. Kids will probably enjoy the slides and the artificially created waves in the main pool, while adults might be up for some serious sweating in one of five saunas. There is a so-called "sanarium" with a pleasant temperature of 50°C, a steam bath, a birch tree sauna with a temperature of 70-80°C, a Finnish sauna with a sauna master pouring herb-infused water over the hot stones once every hour (90-100°C) and - my favourite - a sauna hut with panoramic windows enabling views over the dunes and the North Sea. Another part of the sauna landscape is a small restaurant with a variety of healthy and not-so-healthy dishes. On my first visit I went for the chicken nuggets which were not recommendable, on my second visit I chose a ciabatta which was much better. Two big silent rooms and a garden with comfy "Strandkorb" chairs complete the spa experience.
Altogether, the Dünentherme offers something for everybody - so if you happen to be on Eiderstedt peninsula, go there!Related to:
- Spa and Resort
Nationalpark Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer
Walkin' on water has never been so fun!
If you're looking for a fun, educational tour with a twist, I suggest Nationalpark Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer, in Dagebüll, Schleswig-Holstein. Because of the tidal variation in the Wadden Sea, you can take a guided walking tour across the muddy tidal flats at low tide to the barrier island (hallig) of Oland, and learn all about the interesting characteristics of the sea life along the way.
You then arrive at Oland, spend time on the island (which is VERY beautiful), while the tide comes in. You are then taken by boat to Schlüttsiel, and from there by bus to Dagebüll. Back in Dagebüll, you can then spend time on the beach from which you left--which had no water when you did!
All in all, a VERY fascinating journey. You leave in the morning and return in the early afternoon.
From my weblog: "Walkin' on water--I think Jesus had a more efficient way".Related to:
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf Castle), Schleswig, S-H
Walk the same halls and staircases, and roam the same grounds as the Dukes of yesteryear!
Gottorf Castle, in the town of Schleswig, has a neat collection of art, including portraits of many of the castle's previous residents. It includes a museum, grand interior architecture, and a chapel (within the building). There is also a filmstrip and, of course, a gift shop.
After touring the castle, walk the grounds around it--it's a great summer morning walk!
The first settlement is dated back to the year 819. This settlements was burned down by Slavs in 1138. Today's Lübeck was founded in 1143 as a merchant settlement on the Trave River. In 13th century Lübeck became a big merchant town and the centre of Baltic Sea Trade.
Today, it has still an important harbour and is with its 215.000 inhabitants the second largest city of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Main attraction is the Holsten Gate.
Kiel-Holtenau is the name of the lock at the east-end of the Kielcanal / Nord-Ostsee-Kanal. This lock is 330 meters long and 45 meters wide.
Unfortunately there is no really perfect place for the tourists to watch the ships, while they are in the docks. the best place is from the large bridge in a distace of 800 meters, but taking pics from there is not really good, except that you have a special lense.
On my main picture : M/S Caronia of Cunard, the ship where I was working for more than 4 years, while it had the name M/S Vistafjord. Nowadays this ship has the name "Saga Rose"
Click here for the Kiel-canal
and "Liste der Traumschiffe" will show you the list
of cruiseships going through the canal.
Unfortunately this list is somtimes not correct !!!Related to:
- Water Sports
Rendsburg is a large town almost in the middle of Kiel-Canal with many great houses and an interesting townhall, dating back to the 16th century and modernized in 1901. Nowadays only a few details date back to the beginning like the wooden door dating back to the year 1609 and showing the coat of arms of Rendsburg.
between 10.00a.m. and 08.00p.m. you may hear the chimes with folk-music every 2 hours.
Close to the townhall there is Sankt Marien Kirche, the protestant church dateing back to the year 1230.
Glueckstadt is an interesting town in the west of Hamburg. The main sights are the townsquare and the protestant church with great paintings and lots of lovely halftimbered houses in the citycentre. There is an artificial waterway running through the village - see it on my 4th picture - that way the goods could be transported from the river Elbe directely to the stores and warehouses.Nowadays these canals are just a decoration without commercial purpose.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
In Brunsbuettel you will find the giant locks of Kiel-Canal right in the middle of the village and there is also a special platform, where you can watch the cruiseships from quite a short distance, while they are passing through the locks. When coming from Hamburg you first have to get across the canal, park your car at the locks and walk about 5 minutes to get to the platform.
webcams of Kielcanal
List of the cruiseships of Kiel-CanalRelated to:
- Family Travel
Schulau: The Willkomm-Hoeft for all ships
Schulau is a small village in the west of Hamburg and plenty of years ago a restaurant had started a service to greet all of the ships, when arriving at or leaving from the port of Hamburg.
Willkomm-Hoeft is a great restaurant with an excellent view on all of the ships passing by and at its ship-station it will show the flags and play the national anthem of the home-port of the ships passing by and they will also announce a message of welcome or fare-well in german and in the language of the ship-registry. Of course plenty of local people will be there, when the biggest cruise-ship in the world is leaving Hamburg !
On my pics : M/S Freedom of the Seas, the biggest cruiseship in the world in july 2006.
In my last picture : M/S VISTAFJORD leaving the port of Hamburg in Schulau . This picture was taken by my mother on my very first day onboard in 1978, when I had just started to work as a diningroom-steward.
Another attraction for tourists of all ages is the Buddelschiff - & Muschel-museum ( museum for bottle-ships and sea-shells). You will find this lovely museum in the basement of the "Schulauer Faehrhaus" and you can also click herewhen you like to order some lovely bottle-ships for your home !Related to:
- Family Travel
Molfsee - a museum of old farmhouses
Molfsee is a small village west of Kiel and there you will see a really interesting museum of old farmhouses, that were taken from many different villages in northern Germany and totally rebuilt again in that museum.
Haubarg is one of the typical buildings, you will find them mainly on the Hallig islands, it is a type of building with a high roof, covering all of the building including the stables and living-quarters.
The museum is open daily 9a.m. till 6p.m.
from April 1st till October 31st
From November 1st till March 31st it is
open only on sundays 11am - 4pm
(not all houses are open in winter!)
entrance-fee is 6 euros p.p., 2,- for children
and 13,- for families including all minor children
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