We spent four weeks on our „Four countries sailing trip“: http://ullispics.jimdo.com/segeln/ostsee/vierländertörn
We started in Hooksiel near Wilhelmshaven and, thanks to wind and waves, we reached river Elbe and – after passing the lock Brunsbüttel – the KIEL-CANAL in one day.
According to circumstances (wind and waves) it is necessary to stop in Cuxhaven or it could be reasonable to make the detour round Helgoland to have good conditions to sail into the river Elbe.
Passing the KIEL-CANAL takes a day, because sportboats may only drive in daylight. KIEL-CANAL is 98,637 km long.
You’ll find interesting information: http://www.kiel-canal.org/index.htm
First destination after KIEL-CANAL was Kiel-Schilksee, known from the Olympic Games in 1972. Without difficulty you can plan Kiel sightseeing. A bus starts near the harbour.
Next destination after Kiel-Schilksee was Orth on the island of Fehmarn. The little harbour is in the middle of the village and you can reach everything by foot. Alternative to Orth you can touch at Lemkenhafen. There you will also reach the important attractions by foot.
Leaving Fehmarn was sailing to Denmark: Klintholm. A nice marina and beside a romantically coasting fishing port.
On the way Klintholm to Ystad you can admire the white chalk cliffs.
Ystad is a fantastic old Free Hanseatic city. The marina is comfortable and in the ferry harbour and the commercial harbour is a lot of traffic. That vitalizes this region and a shopping tour in the city is a great experience. If you want to, you can walk on Wallanders marks: http://www.inspector-wallander.org/guide/sweden/
90 miles from Ystad to Swinemünde. In a branch of river Swine there are two marinas: One for boats with low draught and at the end of the branch a bigger one for the others, modern and comfortable. Swinemünde city is not far away. You can walk and enjoy the very vital promenade.
Next destination was Stralsund. This is a very nice trip because you’ll see parts of the Boddengewässer. Stralsund also is a fantastic old Free Hanseatic city.
After Stralsund we reached Warnemünde. Although there’s a big modern marina, it’s romatically to find a place in the branch of the river Warne, called “Der alte Strom”.
Following the old fantastic free Hanseatic cities means now to visit also Wismar. The architecture reminds to Stralsund: www.wismar.de
From Wismar we started to visit Fehmarn again to be in a good position to sail to Kiel-Holtenau. Back in the KIEL-Canal we had our break in Brunsbüttel and started the last stage back in the North Sea.
Four weeks: The sands are running out with a lot of unforgettable impressions.