Tourism in Schleswig-Holstein

Tourism is an important economic factor for Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Westerheversand Lighthouse

Thanks to its coasts on the North Sea in the west and Baltic Sea in the east, Schleswig-Holstein has a great variety of beaches and water sports facilities. Due to its geographical location on the way to Scandinavia it is also a transit area for tourists from all over Europe.

Important tourist resortsEdit


In 2002 there were a total 176,198 guest beds in Schleswig-Holstein, which were used that year by 2,968,406 visitors for 15,429,614 overnight stays. 278,786 der visitors came from abroad, that represents about 8.6% of all overnighting guests. The bathing resorts on the Baltic Sea had somewhat more visitors (720,115) than those on the North Sea (604,548), but on average the North Sea guests stayed longer, so that the total of overnight stays was greater (5,122,549) than on the Baltic Sea. Less important to tourism were the climatic spas (153,538 visitors with 592,705 overnight stays) and health spas (132,337 visitors with 755,153 overnight stays).

The most important destinations for tourists were, in order of the number of overnight stays:

Building on stilts at St. Peter-Ording
  • Sankt Peter-Ording, North Sea: 909,920 overnight stays, 101,607 visitors of whom 408 (0.4%) from abroad, 8,991 guest beds.
  • Westerland, Sylt, North Sea: 819,935 overnight stays, 96,120 visitors of whom 271 (0.28%) from abroad, 9,159 guest beds.
  • Grömitz, Baltic Sea: 714,188 overnight stays, 96,116 visitors of whom 413 (0.43%) from abroad, 8,305 guest beds.
  • Timmendorfer Strand, Baltic Sea: 676,510 overnight stays, 124,761 visitors of whom 2,567 (2.0%) from abroad, 6,771 guest beds.
  • Büsum, North Sea: 658,723, 83,295 visitors, of whom 480 (0.57%) from abroad, 6,846 guest beds.
  • Wyk auf Föhr, North Sea: 492,041 overnight stays, 46,368 visitors, of whom 325 (0.70%) from abroad, 4,733 guest beds.
  • Burg auf Fehmarn, Baltic Sea: 312,115 overnight stays, 47,704 visitors, of whom 1,476 (3.0%) from abroad, 3 364 guest beds.
  • Scharbeutz, Baltic Sea: 292,468 overnight stays, 45,314 visitors, of whom 1,366 (2.92%) from abroad, 3,940 guest beds.
  • Norddorf, Amrum, North Sea: 276,978 overnight stays, 25,098 visitors, of whom 576 (2.24%) from abroad, 2,162 guest beds.
  • Wenningstedt, Sylt, North Sea: 276,344 overnight stays, 36,775 visitors, of whom 570 (1.53%) from abroad, 2,650 guest beds.

The most important health spa was Malente with 232,000 overnight stays, most important climatic spa was Plön with 132,000 overnight stays.


Westerkoog in Dithmarschen

North Sea coastEdit

A bird's eye view of Heligoland

Baltic Sea coastEdit


International eventsEdit

Kiel Week

Important museumsEdit

Farmhouses in Molfsee

Cycleways and footpathsEdit

Important leisure facilitiesEdit

Most beautiful holiday destinationsEdit

A viewers' poll on holiday destinations in the NDR transmission area, that was carried out in 2007 for the NDR television with the title "The most beautiful holiday destinations in North Germany", resulted in the following rankings within Schleswig-Holstein:

  • 7: Sylt,
  • 11: Amrum,
  • 12: St. Peter Ording,
  • 13: Holstein Switzerland,
  • 14: Fehmarn,
  • 15: Helgoland,
  • 18: Schleiregion,
  • 19: Lübeck Bay,
  • 20: Büsum,
  • 21: Lübeck,
  • 22: Hallig Hooge,
  • 24: Kiel Canal Region,
  • 27: Kiel,
  • 31: Flensburg,

(The remaining places were won by other places and regions in the rest of NDR's catchment area.)

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