Ahrensburg has more than 34,000 inhabitants and is the largest town in the district of Stormarn, which lies between the cities of Hamburg and Lübeck. Thanks to its prime location on Hamburg’s north-eastern border, Ahrensburg is quick and easy to reach via the A1 motorway and also has two regional train stations and two underground stops. The landmark of the town is Ahrensburg Castle, built in Renaissance style around 1595. A moated castle, it served as a manor house for the aristocratic Ahrensburg estate. Today, it opens its doors as a museum for aristocratic interior design of the 18th and 19th centuries. Opened in 2016 following extensive renovations, the castle has been fully restored to its former glory. Enjoy the unspoilt landscape in the Stellmoor-Ahrensburg-Tunneltal nature reserve and read about the Stone Age past of the Tunneltal valley on notice boards that mark the historical-archaeological hiking trail. Gut Wulfsdorf is a biodynamically-managed estate just before the Hamburg border. It boasts a farm café and shop, so it’s a great place to stop for refreshments and to have a look round. The Haus der Natur des Vereins Jordsand and Robben Café are also worth a visit too. They offer a selection of food and drink prepared and served by people with and without disabilities.
For people of all ages: Have you ever hiked with goats? When you have goats around, the trail practically walks itself. Many a hiker has discovered the joy of hiking this way. And you never hear ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ www.wanderziege.de
For gourmets: Art in public spaces is abundant in Ahrensburg. Discover them in a variety of locations on a journey of exploration. Afterwards, pop into one of the numerous restaurants and cafés for something to eat and drink in the town centre. www.kultur-stormarn.de/kunst-imoeffentlichen-raum
Our favourite place: The nature discovery trail at the Haus der Natur des Vereins Jordsand with its magnificent population of old trees is one of 50 recognised nature conservation areas in Schleswig-Holstein.
Breakfast in the hotel or in one of the numerous cafés in the town centre and then on a discovery tour to the castle museum from 11 a.m. onwards.
Take a walk through the Tunneltal valley or around the Bredenbeker pond with a break at Gut Wulfsdorf or in the Robben Café.
Concerts, cabarets, theatres, the Marstall Cultural Centre, Alfred Rust Hall and the Eduard Söring Hall have everything you could possibly desire.