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Find your happy place in Eckernförde!

Shop, eat good food, watch the ships go by

Eckernförde will make you happy! It’s a happy place because you’ll find everything you need to have fun here! Visit the harbor, then go shopping, and after that hit up the beach before enjoying an indulgent fish dish – in Eckernförde, everything’s so close by!

You can take a stroll on the inviting promenade at the idyllic harbor with its sailing yachts and fishing boats. Just a stone’s throw away, the shopping streets lined mostly with owner-managed boutiques call for you to take a relaxing walk – and during high season, they’re even open on Sundays and public holidays. You’ll also find 2.5 miles of fine sandy bathing beach with colorful hooded beach chairs only a few minutes away on foot.

You’ll be spoiled when you enjoy a meal in the town’s restaurants, with freshly caught fish and other delicious specialties. Eckernförde also has a full-to-bursting calendar of events to tempt you: Every year, big events are held at the harbor, such as the Eel Regatta (Aalregatta) held in June, the Sprat Days (Sprottentage) held on Whitsunday, or the Pirate Show in August.

In the city center, you will find lots of tourist attractions such as the Old Town Hall museum, the Meerwasser Wellenbad swimming pool with its “Hot Spot” sauna, the Baltic Sea Information Center, the Bonbonkocherei confectionery, St. Nicholas’ Church, and the wooden bridge which divides the inner harbor and outer harbor as well as the quarters of Eckernförde and Borby.

The Eckernförde peninsula is surrounded by the Baltic Sea to the east and the Windebyer Noor to the west. As the region’s tourist center, this Baltic seaside resort lies at the end of Eckernförde Bay between Kiel and Flensburg in the northern part of Schleswig-Holstein. This small town, which is over 700 years old, has approx. 22,000 inhabitants and belongs to the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde.

A lovely day in Eckernförde

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Sports and activities in natural surroundings

Eckernförde has both the beach and abundant nature right on its doorstep, which is a really special combination. The perfect way to discover this wonderful landscape is by bicycle. Your bicycle tour will be a real experience, taking in seaside trails, shady forests, and blossoming meadows.  You can bring your own bicycle or rent one here.

Eckernförde provides you with the option of taking a walk right on the beach or along the promenade. This gentle form of exercise, which doesn’t put strain on your joints, is perfect for beginners and active sporty types. You can discover the wonderful landscape and improve your fitness at the same time.

If you prefer your vacation nice and peaceful, you can get to know the diverse landscape around Eckernförde by taking long hikes! We’ve put together a selection of routes for you.