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Gettorf – a small town with flair

Culture, nature, and a zoo

Right next to the beaches of the Baltic Sea, it is nestled within a charming landscape: The municipality of Gettorf is at the heart of the Dänischer Wohld between the Kiel Canal, Eckernförde Bay, and the Kiel Fjord.

It’s a lively place which is constantly growing. And it doesn’t matter from which direction you approach Gettorf, the tower of St. Jürgen’s Church is always the first thing you see. It’s no wonder, as it’s an impressive 210 feet tall.

Historical insights

Over 1,000 years ago, the Vikings created their first settlement at the point where two trade routes meet. One eye-catching feature in Gettorf is the restored “Rosa” windmill dating back to 1869, which was still operating using wind power until it was decommissioned in 1946. This cultural monument now houses the public library, an event room, and part of the local history museum.

A visit to the local history museum and a walk around the “Historic Tour” are an absolute must – even locals learn something new.

Culture, shopping, and excursions

Shopping is also really popular in Gettorf alongside culture. The 985-foot pedestrian zone invites you to stroll, shop, and linger. The market offers fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of other delicacies on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Gettorf Zoo

You should definitely swing by this place if you’re in Gettorf: Tierpark Gettorf, the only privately operated zoo in Schleswig-Holstein, enjoys a reputation extending far beyond the state boundaries. Don’t miss “The Mad House,” which is completely upside down.


A new leisure attraction, the “Geotanium” museum, has been open since October 2014 – here you can actively experience the world of rocks and their history.  School groups, dinosaur fans, children’s birthday parties, fossil collectors, class trips, those with an interest in prehistoric times: Everyone is welcome!