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Water sports on Fehmarn

Water sports on Fehmarn

Let the fresh breeze blow in your face - Fehmarn is not only a Mecca for surfers, but also the perfect spot for kiting, fishing and almost every water sport you can think of. And of course you can also try your hand at the latest trend sport: stand-up paddling will give you a completely new perspective of the island.



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Kitesurfing on Fehmarn

With its 17 different spots for kitersurfers - often directly affiliated with a kitesurfing school and best wind conditions - Fehmarn is an El Dorado for kitesurfers of every skill level, for beginners as well as professionals. You can also learn this sport in a number of kitesurfing schools and rent or buy your equipment in specialized stores. Our regular competitions in various places of the island are always well attended. Throughout the year, water sports enthusiasts can be seen riding the waves under their kites at popular spots of the island. Adrenaline kick? Come kitesurfing!

Kitesurfing on Fehmarn
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Windsurfing on Fehmarn
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Windsurfing on Fehmarn

There is a total of 17 windsurfing spots around Fehmarn. For each level there is the right spot. Even people who haven't stood on a surfboard yet, will find the right spot here, which makes Fehmarn so unique for water sports enthusiasts.

For your equipment and training courses there is a great number of water sports stores and windsurfing schools to choose from. Once you've been on a surfboard, you just don't want to miss again that wonderful feeling of relaxation and ease engendered by windsurfing. Many professionals love Fehmarn and find their way to the island every year – not only when an internationally renowned surfing competition is due.

SUP - Stand Up Paddling on Fehmarn

Up on the board and out on the water - a SUP board is not only handy when you want to have a new view of Fehmarn from the waterside, it also provides a fantastic full-body workout.

Around the island there are areas and spots which offer various conditions. Almost all windsurfing & kite schools on Fehmarn offer SUP instruction and equipment rental for windless days. The SUP- and Beachsports-Festival takes place every year in July on the South Beach in Burgtiefe.

By the way, did you know that early pacific islanders used paddles to move on boards and glide quietly over the waves? SUP is, in fact, an early combination of the traditional Polynesian disciplines of canoe paddling and surfing.

Stand up paddling on Fehmarn
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Wingsurfing on Fehmarn
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Wingsurfing on Fehmarn

The lastest trend sport has reached Fehmarn. The first wingsurfing school of Germany has opened on the island and several other local surf schools now offer wing surfing lessons. This new sports from Maui/Hawaii combines elements from kite- and windsurfing as well as SUP and foil surfing. When wingsurfing, the surfer stands on a surfboard holding a wing in his hands and thus moves forward to ride the waves. Beginners often start on more stable SUP-boards and later change to foilboards to feel the weightlessness of wing foiling. 

Wing surfing requires less complex material as kite- or windsurfing. You only need the wing, which fits into a small backpack, and of course the surfboard on which you can mount a hydrofoil. Wingsurfing is also the ideal sports for less windy days and can be practised on many different surfing spots as you don't need any starting zones on land. 

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Sailing on Fehmarn

A favourable geographical location, unique wind conditions and five marinas - Fehmarn offers optimum conditions for yachtsmen and boat owners and is a good starting point for them for the exploration of the Danish South Seas, the Bay of Schleswig-Holstein, the Bay of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or other countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Yachtsmen often choose Fehmarn as a stopover and appreciate the safe, quiet and uncomplicated access.

Fehmarn also offers the best possible marine infrastructure: with its various boathouses, motor service stations, sailmakers and much more. It provides everything required for your next turn. The Marina Burgtiefe in the south of the island provides large spaces between the berths. The marinas offer modern service buildings with sanitary facilities, ship cranes, and bunker stations for diesel and petrol. Surfing and sailing schools, restaurants, supermarkets and even barbecue areas and playgrounds are normally located close by.

© Tourismus-Service Fehmarn, Dirk Moeller

Fishing on Fehmarn

Fehmarn is an ideal place for fishing - regardless of weather and season conditions. And to almost everybody’s taste, because for shore fishing, boat fishing, cutter fishing or spinning and fly fishing, the chances of a good catch here are boundless. Best times for fishing: February to May and September to December. For optimal results use pilkers, blinkers or natural bait such as lugworms or sea annelids.

In the waters of the Fehmarn Sound you can catch flatfish and cod which is very common here. The top fishing spots for sea trout are Westermarkelsdorf and the east coast. And if you want to go fishing for garfish, you can do so in Flügge, Marienleuchte and Presen.




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Shore Fishing

Good places for shore fishing are in Westermarkelsdorf and on the north and east coast. On the north coast, Altenteil, Teichhof and Niobe are considered good flatfish spots. Marienleuchte, Presen and Staberhuk on the east coast are good cod fishing grounds. Spinner fishermen can find plenty of opportunities on the east coast as well as in Westermarkelsdorf and Flügge.

Cod fishing & Bag Limit

When fishing for cod, please note that there is a bag limit in the western Baltic Sea, i.e. all around Fehmarn. You are allowed to catch one cod per day. Further information on the bag limit is available from the German Angling Fishing Association.

Trawler Fishing

In the early morning, trawlers depart for the most popular fishing spots in the Baltic Sea around Fehmarn. Let a guide show you the fishing spots before you go fishing on your own. If you do not own a boat, you can always rent one. Boat rentals and fishing tour operators can be found in our island ABC.

Fishing licences and fees

If your main residence is not in Schleswig-Holstein and you do not have a fishing licence, you can buy a holiday fishing licence and fishing tax stamps for the coastal waters of Schleswig-Holstein from the Municipality of Fehmarn:

Stadt Fehmarn
Orthstraße 22
23769 Fehmarn, Burg
Phone: +49 (0)4371 506 640

You can now also purchase the fishing tax stamps and the holiday fishing licence online.

Useful addresses

Diving along the Fehmarn shore

Beginners and advanced divers will find ideal diving conditions here: 3 to 7 metres diving deep down from the shore and up to 15 metres visibility under optimal conditions. Overgrown erratic boulders attracting a variety of underwater flora and fauna, sea needles near seagrass meadows, crabs, flat fish, cliff perches, sticklebacks, eel nuts, butterfish, gobies, spotted gobies, sand eels, Baltic shrimps, starfish and various types of mussels can be discovered. Sea scorpions, eels or a shoal of young herrings can also be spotted here. For the adventurous there are more than 10 ship-wrecks aground off the coast of Fehmarn that can be explored under the tutorship of 3 diving centres which offer guided dives and diving courses. They are located on the Camping Site Südstrand in Meeschendorf as well as at Wulfener Hals and in Katharinenhof.

At ten dive sites you can dive all year round. Best time: May to September - that's when the underwater world is most active. There are legal restrictions for divers only in the area along the nature reserves, in front of the marine station in Marienleuchte and in the harbour facilities. Generally, the diving spots are easily accessible by car.

Diving on Fehmarn
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