More holiday fun than there is sand on the beach
Eckernförde Bay – An overview
Endless beach fun on the Baltic Sea, unspoilt natural spaces in the Hütten Hills and the maritime flair of the harbour town of Eckernförde – the holiday region by the Eckernförde Bay can be enjoyed all-year round. Located just a few minutes’ drive from the state capital of Kiel, Eckernförde Bay appeals to families, active holidaymakers and those seeking relaxation.
From the harbour to the shops, from the shops to the beach, from the beach to enjoying some fish – everything is close together in Eckernförde, the regional tourist centre. The idyllic harbour with its sailing yachts and fishing boats has an inviting promenade that winds around the edge. Just a stone’s throw away, there are shop-lined streets with mostly owner-managed shops enticing visitors to take a relaxing stroll. During the holiday season they are even open on Sundays and public holidays. The fine sandy beach with its colourful roofed wicker beach chairs is also just a few minutes’ walk away. The local restaurants regale the town with freshly caught fish and other mouth-watering specialities. Eckernförde also beckons with its calendar brimming with events - whether it’s the Eel Regatta on Whitsunday, Sprat Days in July or the Pirate Extravaganza in August, there’s always something happening in Eckernförde.
Those who like to take things a bit easier can find relaxing places to unwind in the Danish Wahld. For example, in Schwedeneck, on the long sandy beach, families will find the perfect place to escape everyday life. Campers can look forward to two large camping sites with beach access. In Strande, a Baltic seaside resort, those who like to watch the world go by, in particular, will be in for a treat. Here, holidaymakers can take front-row seats in the roofed wicker beach chairs and in the cafes and bistros along the promenade and watch the action on the water.
Gentle hills, romantic lakes and fascinating fauna and flora - the scenery in the Hütten Hills Nature Park is sure to make the hearts of bikers and hikers race faster. With 27 new suggested tours, visitors are invited to discover nature in a relaxed way. Those wishing to breathe in some ‘mountain air’ can climb up the Aschberg hill, which is almost 100 metres high. When you get there, you will be rewarded with fabulous views as far as the Baltic Sea fjord of Schlei.
The region around Eckernförde Bay also offers visitors plenty of other attractions - the seawater wave pool with its new ‘hot spot’ sauna is probably the hottest location in Eckernförde. Those with a sweet tooth will acquire a taste for the ‘Bonbonkocherei’ - an artisan sweets factory. Sailors and surfers enjoy perfect conditions on the Baltic Sea. Gettorf Zoo is a truly exotic location. And visitors can reach dizzy heights at the Altenhof Treetop Adventure Park.