Summer in a Lakeside Spa Hotel: Explore UNESCO World Heritage Lübeck

The North Sea of Germany has long been second home to a panoply of dedicated German holidaymakers, and since the fall of the Iron Curtain, its East German equivalent the Baltic Sea has certainly done its best to divert the attention. Within easy reach from the historic metropolis Berlin and its vibrant, venetian sibling Hamburg, the Baltic Sea makes an excellent weekend getaway after the excitement of the city takes its toll. Large unspoilt beaches, windswept dunes, and candy-striped lighthouses set the tone, whereas fairytale medieval Hansa cities and quaint spa towns provide a necessary shot of culture for those who crave it.

The Vitalia Lakeside Spa Hotel

Nestled on the banks of the serene Lake Segeberg, the Vitalia Seehotel in Schleswig-Holstein is a treat to those seeking pure, unadulterated relaxation in fascinating natural surrounds. Bordering the sweeping hills of the Holstein Switzerland, the water-riddled landscape offers various outdoor and water-based pursuits, from watersports and Nordic walking to golf and cycling. Those wishing to stay on-location can indulge in a range of spa facilties and treatments, from Ayurvedic massage to taking a sumptuous soak in one of the hotel's lake-view saunas. Evenings can be enjoyed savouring the Vitalia's mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.

Lübeck and Beyond

Less than an hour away from the Vitalia lakeside spa hotel can be found the unique Hansa city of Lübeck, whose pristine mediaeval old-town is also a proud member of the UNESCO world heritage list. Spend the day exploring the impressive city centre, and savouring the city's most famous export, marzipan. Literature enthusiasts can visit the houses of two of Germany's literary giants, Thomas Mann and Gunter Grass. The city's museal port is also worth a visit for families and those interested in maritime history. In the evening, escape the city to the Vitalia lakeside spa hotel, where a soak in the whirlpool awaits.