54° 28.0′ N · 9° 50.0′ E
Eckernförde lies snuggled in at the end of the Eckernförde Bay at the southwest end on the Baltic.
This lively fishing town draws thousands of tourists in the summer months, mainly to its long beaches, but also the produce market, shopping and regular events are very popular. There are two main marinas to choose from, depending whether you prefer to be central or a bit quieter and closer to nature. The sailing club is located on the edge of town bit in walking distance of the center. The Im-Jaich marina is directly in town, next to the beach and harbour district.
Go, See and Do
Starting from the wooden Footbridge, wander up Frau Clara Str and you will go by some newer, and some older stores that might excite your tastebuds, get you a new set of clothes or make you very merry. There are various stores offering clothing, homewares, distilled liquor, wine and snacks from Franken, a delicatessen, and the Bonbon (sweets) factory, which is always a hit with the kids.
Don’t miss the market at the town square Wednesday and Saturday mornings. It is very popular with locals and visitors alike. There is everything you will need from fruit and vegetables, bread, meats, eggs, fish, flowers, even organic. Stroll around and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.
If you are interested in history, go along and visit the Heimatmuseum to learn how the people of Eckernförde lived back in the good old days. Centrally located at the town square. Here you can learn that Kiel’s claim to fame, the Kieler Sprotte is actually from Eckernförde!
The main beach is great for swimming for all ages. There are further beaches on the northern Borby side and also the South Beach that also offers swimming spots for dogs. Right next to the city marina is the baltic information center which is entertaining and informative both, also great for kids with its touch-tank.
Directly behind the SCE marina there is a walking track through the forest. If you follow this until the houses come up, turn right onto a narrower path that will lead you back to the harbor. Takes about half an hour.
Eckernförde hosts numerous events throughout the year. This german site ostseebad-eckernförde.de lists the main activities, ranging from vintage car parades, pirate events, sailing regattas, and flea markets.