Wedel does not have long sandy beaches to lie upon or rugged mountain peaks to climb. What it can offer you, however, are the attractions of bustling Hamburg Harbor, along with all the delights an enterprising maritime town should provide.
Here you will discover no fewer than 50 water sports clubs and moorings for pleasure craft from all over the globe. Each year this port on the Elbe River draws visitors for 14,000 room nights, many associated with water-related activities. Its international flair is palpable.
The Lühe-Schulau ferry makes stops on both banks of the river, running from the harbor’s Welcome Point through the length of the town. Hop on and off to see the historical Town Museum, the artistic and literary Ernst Barlach Museum, or the floating theater ship Batavia, with its popular jazz and cabaret programs. They will not disappoint. :-)
Along the sides of the Elbe you may notice waterfowl, frond-filled marshes, and a cycle course developed expressly for two-wheel traffic. Some of the adjacent farms date back to 1658 when there was a monastery here, but today only the agricultural buildings remain, serving one of the largest sheep farms in the region.
If you head inland a bit, you will discover forests full of game — wild boars, martens, gentle deer, and birds of prey. You can also hike or ride on horseback through the largest inland dunes of Schleswig-Holstein.
Wedel prides itself on being able to cater to sophisticated business travelers. As you might imagine, its proximity to Hamburg makes it a popular personal escape from the meetings, presentations and negotiations taking place in the city. Plenty of fine dining and tidy, efficient rooms are certain to please.
Catamaran rides, inline roller skating, top-class concerts, and Caribbean-style dance clubs, are just a few of the ways Wedel knows to entertain. Be sure to make this your base when you are in the Hamburg area.