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Schleswig-Holstein Cheese Route – On the trail of pleasure

Schleswig-Holstein Cheese Route – On the trail of pleasure

If you love cheese, the area between the North Sea and the Baltic is the perfect destination. It's a real foodie heaven! Experiences with nature and fine food are the key ingredients of the approximately 500 km Schlweswig-Holstein Cheese Route that runs from Lauenburg through Lübeck, Kiel and Flensburg and then from the island of Föhr along the North Sea coast and the Elbe river to Hamburg before returning to Lauenburg.

The Cheese Route is set in Germany's cool north, a region encircled by the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Elbe river, bounded by a coastline formed by the wind and the sea, and host to a diverse natural landscape of droughts and floods, beaches, coastal mudflats, dykes, islands of all shapes and sizes and exceptional sunrises and sunsets set against the roar of the sea and the cries of the gulls. The narrow, flat land between the North and Baltic Seas depicts a familiar scene of lighthouses, trees bent in the wind, typical thatched cottages, Frisian cows and sheep grazing in lush pastures. But what few people realise is that the milk from these animals is used to produce more than 120 varieties of cheese.

And now for an insider tip

Schleswig-Holstein is a traditional cheese-making area whose speciality cheeses are still a real insider's tip. The Schleswig-Holstein Cheese Route connects around 30 dairies across the whole region where passionate cheese experts lovingly produce cheese in the traditional way and in never-ending variety: delectably mild, full of tangy flavour or mildly aromatic, from cow's, sheep's or goat's milk. Cheese is so much more than an accompaniment to bread.

A slalom of flavour

Despite all the technical advances of the last few years, cheese has remained a craft defined by the artistry and passion of cheesemakers. Although you can buy direct from many dairies, watch the cheese being made and enjoy a tasting, this is not the case everywhere due to strict hygiene regulations. If you'd like to look around a cheese dairy, it's best to make an appointment in advance.

A land beyond the horizon

A magical energy draws people to the coast. It draws barefoot walkers, cloud-watching beach dreamers, people who love nothing more than to race through the waves and those who like to wait patiently in the harbour for the fishing boats' return. Follow the rhythm of the tide and leave your day-to-day routine behind. This is a narrow land between the North and Baltic Sea and at its narrowest point between Husum and Schleswig is only 36 km wide. However, there is more to this area that just coastline, lighthouses and mills.

Yet more interesting stops

Steeped in history, the charming inland landscape is characterised by arable farming and pasture farming. The farmhouses have remained intact to this day.

Every side of the road is lined with magnificent country estates, proud Herrenhausen manors, Baroque castles, brick Gothic, wonderful ecclesiastical buildings and countless museums, and with a varied programme of events on offer, the Cheese Route has something for everyone, even cyclists and hikers. Why not try it out for yourself?

Schleswig-Holstein Cheese Route

Length: approximately 500 km

Theme: fine food, cheese dairies, sea, countryside

Highlights:
Behl/b. Plön: cheese dairy
Bendorf: Lohmühle cheesemakers (Käsehof Lohmühle)
Boksee: Ziegenhof Rehder farm
Cismar: abbey, Demeter cheese dairy (Demeter-Hofkäserei)
Dannau: cheese dairy (Bauernkäserei)
Lauenburg: old quarter, museums, castle ruins
Lübeck: UNESCO World Heritage Site, dairy, museums
Glücksburg: moated palace, Energy Adventure Park (Energie-Erlebnispark)
Holtsee: dairy cooperative, cheese cellar (Käsekeller), tours
Molfsee: historical dairy and garden, open-air museum
Owschlag: sheep farm (Milchschafhof)
Westerholz: farm (Ziegenhof)

Please book cheese dairy visits and tours in advance

www.kaesestrasse-sh.de

Events
Take the free shuttle boat from Hamburg's Landungsbrücken right into the heart of the captivating world of Africa. Disney's hit musical THE LION KING whisks visitors away to the African savannah, bringing the indescribable beauty and exotic animals of the Serengeti to the Stage Theatre at Hamburg's port.
When the curtain rises in the Stage Theatre at Hamburg port, when mysterious African rhythms start pulsating and the animals of the Serengeti roam across the stage, there's more than a hint of magic in the air. Disney's hit musical THE LION KING tells the story of the eternal circle of life in captivating style. Audiences are transported to the African savannah, right into the heart of Simba the Lion King's world.

Upcoming dates:

01.01.2016 - 31.03.2017

Venue

STAGE THEATER IM HAFEN AM AIDA-MUSICAL-BOULEVARD
Rohrweg 13
20457 Hamburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

There is no doubt that the three buildings belonging to the Hamburg Kunsthalle house one of the most important public art collections in Germany: perhaps the best place to discover connections, developments and trends in seven centuries of art history. The permanent exhibition of more than 700 works and alternating displays from the museum's holdings offer a unique insight into art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Every one of the museum's collections is important in its own right but in combination they have an immense impact. The museum presents the medieval altars of Master Bertram and Master Francke, 17th century Dutch paintings and 19th century German paintings with extensive groups of works by Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Adolph Menzel and Max Liebermann. Works of the Classical Modernist period include paintings and sculptures by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz and Max Ernst. The contemporary art section features alternating exhibitions, which have included Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Mona Hatoum and Jenny Holzer. The Department of Prints and Drawings comprises more than 120,000 works and is a museum in its own right. The Kunsthalle also runs the 'Museum At Home' initiative where art historians give their expert opinion on paintings (on canvas and wood), drawings and prints for a small fee.

Upcoming dates:

30.04.2016 - 15.06.2017

30.04.2016 - 15.06.2017

Venue

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 1
20095 Hamburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
HINTERM HORIZONT (Beyond the Horizon) tells the moving story of the 'girl from East Berlin'. Part musical, part theatre, part rock show, HINTERM HORIZONT features 26 hits by the German rock legend Udo Lindenberg and makes for an entertaining lesson in recent history.
Truth and fiction are both the stuff of dreams in HINTERM HORIZONT, for Udo Lindenberg was the first West German rock star to be granted permission to play a concert in the GDR. His 1983 appearance at the Palast der Republik, which had the Stasi sweating and audiences weeping tears of joy, is the starting point for this fateful love story with the 'girl from East Berlin'. 

Upcoming dates:

15.11.2016 - 30.07.2017

Venue

STAGE OPERETTENHAUS
Spielbudenplatz 1
20359 Hamburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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