25 days in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein & South Denmark Itinerary

25 days in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein & South Denmark Itinerary

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Hamburg, Germany
— 5 nights
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List, Germany
— 1 night
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Lubeck, Germany
— 4 nights
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Kiel, Germany
— 3 nights
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Helgoland, Germany
— 1 night
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Esbjerg, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Odense, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Aero, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Hamburg, Germany

— 5 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Speicherstadt and Historische Altstadt. Miniatur Wunderland and Alter Elbtunnel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Bremen (Unser Lieben Frauen Kirchhof, Bremer Rathaus, &more), Altes Land (in Jork) and Himmelmoor (in Quickborn). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Michael's Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, see the interesting displays at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ, and identify plant and animal life at The Wadden Sea, Germany.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg attractions planner.

Hannover to Hamburg is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hamburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to List.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

List, Germany

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Uwe Dune, then get outside with Kutter Gret Palucca, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ellenbogen, and finally meet the residents at Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our List vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to List takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March in List, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Lubeck.

Things to do in List

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lubeck, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Get a sense of the local culture at Marienkirche and Holstentor. You'll explore and learn at Buddenbrookhaus and Seebad Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Lubeck: Ostsee-Strand Von Rerik (in Ostseebad Rerik), Padi Dive Center NICEDIVE4U (in Timmendorfer Strand) and Alter Schwede (in Wismar). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Brodtener Steilufer, see the interesting displays at Gunter Grass-Haus, ponder the world of politics at Das Arsenal am Pfaffenteich, and take an in-depth tour of European Hansemuseum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lubeck trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from List to Lubeck in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. March in Lubeck sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kiel.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiel, Germany

— 3 nights

Sailing City

One of Germany's most important ports for decades, Kiel combines its working industrial center with a rich heritage of music, fine dining, and pleasant scenery.
Museum-lovers will get to explore U-Boot U 995 and Topferei Stock. Your inner history buff will appreciate Adelige Kloster and Historischer Hafen. Explore Kiel's surroundings by going to Wattfuehrergemeinschaft Dithmarscher Nordseekueste (in Meldorf), Danevirke Museum (in Dannewerk) and Schloss Gottorf (in Schleswig). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen and explore the historical opulence of Glucksburger Schloss.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kiel trip maker site.

Drive from Lubeck to Kiel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Kiel are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helgoland.

Things to do in Kiel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Helgoland, Germany

— 1 night
Heligoland is a small German archipelago in the North Sea. On the 15th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Hummerbuden, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sankt Nicolai Kirche Helgoland, then witness the site of a historic battle at Festung Helgoland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Helgolander Kegelrobben.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helgoland trip site.

Explore your travel options from Kiel to Helgoland with the Route module. In March in Helgoland, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Esbjerg.

Things to do in Helgoland

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Esbjerg, Denmark

— 3 nights
Esbjerg is a seaport town and seat of Esbjerg Municipality on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in southwest Denmark. Get a sense of the local culture at Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church and Jelling Kirke. Popular historic sites such as Hejnsvig Kirke and Hjerting Kirke are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Esbjerg: Billund (Skulpturpark & Syvaarssoeen). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Marbaek-Omraadet and contemplate the waterfront views at Langli.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Esbjerg journey planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helgoland to Esbjerg. In March, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Odense.

Things to do in Esbjerg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Odense, Denmark

— 3 nights

Odin's Shrine

The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
Let the collections at The Danish Railway Museum and Naturama capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Egeskov Castle and Vor Frue Kirke. Get out of town with these interesting Odense side-trips: Lyt til marsvin (in Middelfart), Bregninge Kirkebakke (in Svendborg) and Lindeskov langdysse (in Oerbaek). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at Odense Aafart - River Cruise, meet the residents at Odense ZOO, examine the collection at H. C. Andersens House, and identify plant and animal life at Hannerup Skov.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Odense journey builder app.

You can drive from Esbjerg to Odense in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aero.

Things to do in Odense

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Aero, Denmark

— 4 nights
Most visitors remember their trip to Aero by a unique blend of scenery, culture, history, and food.
Your inner history buff will appreciate AEroskobing Torv and Rise Kirke. Appreciate the collections at Galleri Rita Lund Malerier and Flaske Peters Samling. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marstal Kirke, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aeroskobing Kirke, sample the tasty concoctions at Rise Bryggeri, and take in the waterfront at The Nightwatch of Aeroeskoebing.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Aero trip planner.

Getting from Odense to Aero by journey takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aero

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Schleswig-Holstein travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Landmarks
Germany's northernmost state with coasts on two seas, Schleswig-Holstein seems to possess two very distinct faces. Along its coastlines, the region features wide sandy beaches and is cut by deep fjords carved out by glaciers. These areas near the water contain some of the country's finest resorts and holiday centers. They attract visitors from around the world all year long, and are chock-full of things to do. The highlight of the region's western coast is a sprawling national park that shelters the densest bird population in this part of Europe. Hundreds of different species live or pass over this unusual water landscape, which is featured on the World Heritage list. Deeper inland, the region reveals its rural face. This countryside of seemingly endless pastures spreads as far as the eye can see. Schleswig-Holstein belonged to Denmark until the 19th century. You can expect to notice plenty of Scandinavian overtones while you vacation in the region. Several coastal towns contain award-winning recreations of ancient Viking settlements.