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Our most recommended Schleswig-Holstein Sightseeing cruises

Stralsund: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

1. Stralsund: 1-Hour Harbor Cruise

Board the boat to enjoy a one-hour sightseeing cruise. The captain will keep you entertained with interesting facts and amusing stories about Stralsund and the role it played during the Hanseatic League. First, you will venture north, passing by the impressive Rügenbridge and the surrounding the island of Danhölm. Afterwards, you will return towards the coastline and central Stralsund. Your captain will point out the shipyard, the impressive sailing ship "Gorch Fock", the architectural highlight Ozeaneum, and the different church spires of Stralsund. At the end, the boat will return to Stralsund Harbor and arrive back at the departure location. For your comfort, you can choose to sit inside or relax outside. The boat has rooftop seating offering splendid views onto the skyline while allowing you to soak up the sun. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the boat, but you are welcome to bring your own.

From Tönning: Boat trip to see the seals

2. From Tönning: Boat trip to see the seals

You can marvel at crabs, smelt, plaice, hermit crabs, mussels, snails, and sea scorpions (depending on the haul). Another highlight is the lock through the Eider Barrage, where five gates regulate the tidal state. National park rangers and guides, NABU employees, or the ship's crew will inform you about the region and the animals from the catch, and will gladly answer any questions. Plenty of free parking is available!

List/Sylt: Guided Seal-Watching Cruise on a Rustic Boat

3. List/Sylt: Guided Seal-Watching Cruise on a Rustic Boat

Explore the Wadden Sea on board the rustic fishing cutter (boat) Gret Palucca or Rosa Paluka on a seal-watching boat trip from List, Sylt. Discover the resting places of resident seals and marvel at the cutest inhabitants of the North Sea. Observe local wildlife in their natural environment. The most likely time to see seals on the trip is two hours before and two hours after low tide. Take off from the harbor on your choice of Gret Palucca or Rosa Paluka. Gret Palucca is more than 70 years old and is maintained and restored winter after winter. Rosa Paluka was built in the 1960s and worked as a real fishing boat before returning in 2007 as a tour boat. During the cruise, a net will be launched to catch mussels, crabs, small fish, and starfish to observe before releasing them back into the wild. The fisherman on board will give you insights into the marine life of the North Sea as you admire these unique creatures.

Sylt: Seal Watching Boat Tour from Hörnum

4. Sylt: Seal Watching Boat Tour from Hörnum

Embark on a sightseeing tour from Hörnum and accompany a ranger to the Wadden Sea National Par. Discover the pack of playful seals that live on the sandbank, Jungnamensand. Hear interesting facts about these adorable animals as you enjoy the views. Meet your guide and depart from Hörnum. Cruise towards the Wadden Sea National Park, admiring the beautiful views of the shore. When approaching the seal colony, learn interesting facts about the largest wild animals in Germany and how they came to settle in the area during the 1980s. Arrive at the sandbank, Jungnamensand, and spend some time watching the playful seals that live there. Learn about their natural habitat, just west of the island of Amrum, and how this area has served as a sanctuary for a species once thought to be extinct in the Baltic. The most likely time to see seals on the trip is two hours before and two hours after low tide. During the trip, a small net is dropped into the water. When pulling out the net, staff from the Wadden Sea Protection Station explains the sea animals. Later the caught animals will return to the water.

From Hamburg or Cuxhaven: Catamaran Day Trip to Heligoland

5. From Hamburg or Cuxhaven: Catamaran Day Trip to Heligoland

Take an exciting day trip from to Heligoland, Germany's only island not in the vicinity of the mainland. Over 40 miles off the coast, the island is known for its spectacular red cliffs, upon which sit the white sands of sprawling dunes, surrounded by unspoiled nature. The boat departs from Hamburg early, with the ride lasting approximately 3.5 hours. Zip down the Elbe river to Cuxhaven and out onto the North Sea on a sleek, ultra-modern catamaran, passing the port of Cuxhaven. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, gazing out across the vast waters from the open-air deck, or from the comfortable cabin. Modern flat screens all over the ship will teach you fun facts about the Elbe, Northern Germany, and the North Sea during the cruise. Arriving on Heligoland, wander the stunning island for approximately 4 hours. Gaze out over the dunes and onto the north sea, before doing some shopping — all tax free because of the island’s duty-free laws. Soak in the idyllic charm of the area, before hopping back on to the comfortable boat for your trip back to Hamburg.

Boat Cruise and a Private Walking Tour of Lubeck's Old Town

6. Boat Cruise and a Private Walking Tour of Lubeck's Old Town

Join an experienced Local Guide on the streets of Lubeck’s Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover must-see sights and hidden gems of the Hanseatic City of Lubeck on foot and on the water with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise down the canals. Choose the 3-hour option for a basic 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise. Your Private Guide will show you the best-selected highlights of this historic city, including the iconic Holsten Gate, Salzspeicher (old warehouses), and the Rathaus (Town Hall) at the lively Marketplatz. You will also see a couple of the iconic spires of Lubeck: St Peter’s Church and St. Mary’s Church. The guide will escort you to the pier where you will hop on board a modern, comfortable boat that will take you on a 1-hour cruise down the canals surrounding the Old Town. Enjoy a wonderful view of the 7-tower panorama of the Hanseatic city, the romantic salmon row, the charming Gängeviertel, and the Malerwinkel. Choose the 4-hour option for an extended 3-hour walking tour of the Old Town with tickets for a 1-hour boat cruise. This option includes tickets to St Mary’s Church (Marienkirche), which is the largest church in Lubeck. Inside you will marvel at its unique astronomical clock and hear the story of its Broken Bells. The extended itinerary also includes a visit to the Lubeck Cathedral, which houses the famous works of Bernt Notke and Thomas Quellinus.

From Nordstrand: Sylt Island Boat Trip w/ Optional Bus Tour

7. From Nordstrand: Sylt Island Boat Trip w/ Optional Bus Tour

Embark on an extraordinary adventure, where you'll have the option to visit Jürgen Gosch at the northernmost fish shack (if booked GOSCH Spezial option) and spend a day exploring the captivating German North Sea island of Sylt. Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Sylt's natural landscapes and vibrant attractions during an exhilarating island tour. Your journey begins with a boat departure from Nordstrand. After roughly 2.5 hours, we set foot on Sylt and prepare to be enchanted by its unspoiled nature and lively places. If you book the GOSCH Spezial Option, you'll embark on an island tour in a comfortable coach, unveiling the island's hidden gems, before we then aboard the sightseeing coach, where we will stop for a fish roll at the famous local restaurant, Jürgen Gosch, the northernmost fish shack. The coach tour takes you on a scenic route from ZOB/Westerland, passing through enchanting locations such as Wenningstedt, Kampen, the mesmerizing Lister dune area, and the picturesque Königshafen, before arriving at Lister Hafen. On the return journey to Hörnum, you'll traverse through captivating destinations including Braderup, Munkmarsch, Ketium, Tinnum, and Rantum. At the end of this remarkable experience, you'll board a boat departing from Sylt, transporting you back to Nordstrand. Reflect on the memories made as you relax during the journey and revel in the beauty of the North Sea. The experience can bring an unforgettable day of discovery, nature, and culinary delights on the breathtaking island of Sylt. If you want to explore the island on your own, book the return ticket by boat from Nordstrand and discover Sylt for example by taxi, public bus, walking, or by bike (all services need to be organized and paid for on arrival).

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Our guide, Axel Schattschneider, has really well-founded and comprehensive knowledge of the history, culture, architecture and social development of the city of Lübeck over the course of history. He imparts this knowledge in an understandable, vivid and entertaining way. He was a pleasure to listen to and there was never a dull moment throughout the tour. We learned a lot on this tour and got impressions of Lübeck that we would never have experienced otherwise. Axel was just great.

Interesting tour with many stories about Lübeck and a city tour where you would never go alone! Thanks to our guide Thomas