The hilly countryside dotted with lakes in the east of Schleswig-Holstein can be explored on foot, by bike, by boat or on horseback, whilst picturesque villages and towns entice visitors to stop and stay for a while.
The Holstein Switzerland Nature Park provides breeding and resting points for many aquatic birds such as the great crested grebe and the coot. Keen birdwatchers should head to the Heidmoor area for a glimpse into the world of the corn crake or the Rathjensdorf area to spot the white-tailed eagle. The Kalkberg hill is located at the heart of Bad Segeberg, providing the backdrop for the Karl May Festival. Its underground system of caves is home to more than 20,000 bats. A canoe ride on the Schwentine, the longest river in the nature park, couldn't be further from boring. The succession of sections of river and lakes keeps visitors entertained until they reach the royal palaces of Plön and Eutin.