Destination guide

Fjords and festivals in fascinating Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is a rich, agricultural region, with 2 dramatically-different coastlines that dazzle with their unique natural beauty, and vibrant cities filled with historic buildings, fascinating museums and delightful festivals. Schleswig-Holstein vacation rentals provide a cozy base for exploring the region, whether you want to stroll the cobbled streets of historic Lubeck or go fishing in the beautiful fjords of the Baltic Sea. With its clean rivers, sparkling lakes and serene tidal flats, visitors flock to Schleswig-Holstein to hike and swim, before dining on the region's finest vegetables, fruits and cured meats.

Things to do

Find attractions for all in historic Schleswig-Holstein

From castles and museums to gorgeous national parks, Schleswig-Holstein offers attractions galore. Set on an island in the Schlei Fjord, Gottorf Castle is known for its Gothic hall and lavishly-decorated facade, while Hedeby Viking Museum offers demonstrations of ancient skills such as iron-working, wool-dying, archery, bread-making, spinning and weaving. Schleswig-Holstein vacation rentals place visitors close to countless historic sites, including the seaside city of Lubeck, which dazzles with its bustling port, Gothic architecture and historic center.


Exploring Schleswig-Holstein's heritage

Schleswig-Holstein has an inspiring array of fun activities and intriguing sites for visitors to experience. There are elegant castles and fine homes, where you can imagine what life was like for the rich and famous of medieval times, or you can attend the annual classical music festival and let all your cares and worries drift away while listening to the lilting strains of Schumann, Bernstein and Mozart. Schleswig-Holstein vacation rentals are close to myriad museums, as well as beautifully-preserved castles and medieval churches, with intricate stained-glass windows and high towers that you can climb.


Year-round rentals in Schleswig-Holstein

Nestled at the northern tip of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein benefits from its position between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, with cooler summers and warmer winters than the country's more-southerly regions. Temperatures here are moderate and consistent throughout the year, with January the coldest month and winter temperatures in the mid-to-low 30s. The winds from the 2 seas can make life chilly in winter, but keep things cool and fresh during the summer months. Summer temperatures sit in the low-to-mid 60s, making this a popular time to visit.

Natural features

Natural wonders in Schleswig-Holstein

Tucked between Germany's border with Denmark in the north and Hamburg in the south, Schleswig-Holstein boasts 2 coastlines, 1 on the North Sea to the west and the other on the Baltic Sea to the east. The region boasts several islands in both seas and is known for its sheer cliffs and stunning fjords in the east, marshland and tidal flats in the west and hilly countryside, dotted with lakes throughout. With rich soil providing spectacular wheat harvests and home to barnacle geese, sandwich terns and common shelducks, the area is a haven for nature lovers.

Where to stay around Schleswig-Holstein?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 19,889 vacation rentals near Schleswig-Holstein. From 4,021 Houses to 126 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Schleswig-Holstein for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Schleswig-Holstein?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Schleswig-Holstein. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Westerland: 3,068 vacation rentals
  • Sylt: 4,328 vacation rentals
  • Kiel: 1,080 vacation rentals
  • Grömitz: 2,592 vacation rentals
  • Lübeck: 4,069 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Schleswig-Holstein! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Schleswig-Holstein?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Schleswig-Holstein:

  • Sylt: 4,328 rentals
  • Kiel: 1,080 rentals
  • Grömitz: 2,592 rentals
  • Lübeck: 4,069 rentals
  • Fehmarn: 1,248 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Schleswig-Holstein?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Schleswig-Holstein are:

  • St. Peter-Ording Airport (PSH): 2,311 vacation rentals
  • Lubeck Blankensee Airport (LBC): 3,618 vacation rentals
  • Heide-Bvºsum Airport (HEI): 2,365 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Schleswig-Holstein?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Schleswig-Holstein. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bad Segeberg Station: 1,145 rentals
  • Solitude Beach: 997 rentals
  • Kiel Town Hall: 1,645 rentals
  • Kirche St. Nikolai: 2,325 rentals
  • Ostsee Therme Scharbeutz: 6,527 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Schleswig-Holstein listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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