Discover the Baltic Sea, German coastline, Denmark, Sweden

Cruising areas, Visas, climate, nautical infrastructure, Tips for cruising in the Baltic Sea with Denmark and Sweden

Germany is not only known for culture, cars, motorways without speed limits, punctuality, good beer, tidiness and cleanliness, but also for its excellent infrastructure for all kinds of water sports with 136 marinas, especially for very varied yachting cruises. Two of the world's largest yacht manufacturers are based in Germany: Hanse-Yachts and Bavaria-Yachts.

Numerous historical cities like Hamburg, Wismar, Rostock, Stralsund on the German coast, here Lübeck

The country Germany

You can find a general report on Germany as a tourist destination here:


Here you will find detailed information on the regulations and possible visas required to enter the EU:   >>>LINK

If in doubt, please contact the German embassy or consulate in your country.

Hamburg (HAM) also from Madrid (MAD) to Hamburg, about 134 km from the charter base.

From Hamburg airport to the rental base 150 € / 4 persons, round trip 250 €, please book in advance.

€ Euro. Withdraw cash at many ATMs with a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express). Tip: Withdraw a certain basic amount for your travel fund as soon as you arrive at the airport.

The German Baltic Sea coast has a moderate maritime climate with warm summers and cool winds. Temperatures are moderate. If it rains, it doesn't last long: the cool onshore winds quickly blow the clouds away.

The ideal sailing season is from May to September.

Germany's Baltic Sea coast stretches 964 kilometres from Flensburg in the north on the Danish border to Ahlbeck in the east on the Polish border, bordered by two large and interesting islands: Fehmarn in the west and Rügen in the east.

There is an excellent infrastructure for all kinds of water sports with 134 marinas, large, small, modern, romantic, idyllic, there is a marina for every taste.

Numerous and varied yachting routes make this a very attractive sailing area.

The "Danish South Sea" to the north is also a popular sailing area in the Baltic Sea. With more than 55 attractive islands and good winds, it offers everything yachtsmen could wish for.

The lateral "A" buoy system also applies in the Baltic Sea: channels and also underwater shallows and other obstacles are well marked with buoys at all times.

In the Baltic Sea there are hardly any tides, the sea level only moves by 10 to 15 centimetres.

The German Baltic Sea offers several sailing regions:        

  • Along the German coast, in a northerly or easterly direction.

  • The Danish "South Sea

  • Copenhagen in Denmark with Malmö in Sweden

Along the German coast, in a northerly or easterly direction

In a north-westerly direction: Laboe/Kiel, Massholm, Flensburg, Sonderburg (Denmark) Alsensund, around Alsen and across the Danish island AErö with the town of Marstal back to the charter base.

Eastbound:  along the German coast with the Hanseatic towns of Lübeck, Wismar, Rostock, Stralsund to the island of Rügen and back. Numerous modern marinas, very interesting historical towns, beautiful sandy beaches, numerous small islands near Rügen.

The Danish “Southern Sea”In only 19 miles from the charter base you reach the "Danish South Sea", a large sea area with numerous small and medium-sized islands with countless sailing routes. There you will also find very good marinas, large and small, as well as beautiful anchorages.

Copenhagen in Denmark with Malmö in Sweden
From the charter base it is about 110 mn to Copenhagen or Malmö. On the way, numerous destinations, harbours and places of interest are worth seeing: Fehmarn, Nykobing, Vordingborg, Klintholm in Mön, Mön chalk cliffs, Dragör marina to Copenhagen, Malmö and back.


Our Baltic Sea charter company has been in existence for 37 years in Heiligenhafen, today in the second generation. Since then we have been working together to the satisfaction of all our customers.

Click here to see our yachts in Germany, base Heiligenhafen

Simple everywhere

Families with children - Couples - Groups of friends

Not all sailing licences of non-EU citizens are recognised in Germany. Please send us a copy of your sailing licence with your charter application. We will check the validity with the charter base in advance.

We strongly recommend that you hire a local skipper for your planned charter. He speaks the local language and in any case also English. The skipper knows the local conditions, recommends suitable routes taking into account weather and wind forecasts. He knows the best marinas and books moorings for the night, helps with restaurant reservations, shopping and much more.
For the skipper, always consider a separate cabin on board.


Short distances along the German coast and within the Danish South Sea. Partly average distances, e.g. if you want to sail to Copenhagen or to the island of Rügen and back in 1 week.

Here you will find an international distance calculator.

(Hint: move the map with the mouse pointer in the centre to the destination area).

Cruising recommendations

From the charter base in Heiligenhafen: 1 week and 2 weeks. Destinations can be combined as desired depending on the wind.

On the trail of the Hanseatic cities to Rostock

1 week

Heiligenhafen to Travemünde with the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, the Hanseatic city of Wismar, Warnemünde with the Hanseatic city of Rostock and return via the island of Fehmarn to Heiligenhafen.
Total: approx. 130mn

Information: The Hanseatic principle

In the Middle Ages there was no Internet, no mobile phone, no e-mail, no fax. But there was a laborious trade: Grain, livestock, timber and many other products were transported across the Baltic Sea from the producers in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Poland to the buyers' ports in Germany and vice versa.

Now the buyer could not know whether the goods were of the agreed quality and the manufacturer could not know whether the customer would pay him.

As a result, the merchants of the various coastal towns joined together and founded the so-called "Hanseatic principle". This contained clear business rules to protect everyone involved. But how could this be controlled? Quite simply, anyone who broke the rules even once was immediately excluded from the Hanseatic League for the rest of his life. This is how this principle has successfully survived over the centuries.

That is why even today many coastal towns are still officially called "Hanseatic City" Hamburg, "Hanseatic City" Lübeck, "Hanseatic City" Wismar, Rostock, Stralsund, Visby - even car number plates still show this historical addition, e.g. HH= Hanseatic City of Hamburg, HL= Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

On the trail of the Hanseatic cities with Rügen Island

2 weeks:

Heiligenhafen to Travemünde with the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, the Hanseatic city of Wismar, Warnemünde with the Hanseatic city of Rostock, the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, around the island of Rügen, the island of Hiddensee and back via the island of Fehmarn to Heiligenhafen.                         
Total: approx. 298mn

Around the island of Alsen and Denmark

1 week:

Heiligenhafen to Sonderburg, around the island of Alsen via the Alsensund with Dyvig, Faborg, Svendborg, Marstal on the island of Aerö and back to Heiligenhafen.
Total: approx. 169mn

Sailing along the German coast and the Baltic Sea

Charter with our yacht and boat charter agency "Yates Europa" and have a good experience: Charter a sailing yacht with or without skipper in Germany and in the Baltic Sea.