Bad Segeberg - a health resort recognised for its air quality
Location: Centre of the Lübeck-Kiel-Hamburg triangle
Bad Segeberg, a town of 16,000 inhabitants, is in northern Germany, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. It lies approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Hamburg and 25 kilometres west of Lübeck. There are good public transport links, and nearby airports in Hamburg and Lübeck. Close to both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the town itself is surrounded by the hilly woodland areas and lakes, which are characteristic of the Schleswig-Holstein region.
Business: Tourism, health, and trade
With its excellent location and transport links, Bad Segeberg is an attractive proposition to many businesses, including the national furniture chain Möbelhaus Kraft. Tourism, the health sector, and trade form the major growth areas and the Innovation Centre helps start-up businesses get off the ground. There is also an Economic Development Centre for the whole Bad Segeberg region.
Culture: Wild West Germany
The town is probably most famous for the annual Karl May theatre festival, which takes place in the Kalkberg stadium, one of the most beautiful amphitheatres in Europe. The theatre stages plays by the German author Karl May, who wrote Wild West adventure stories. It enthrals audiences of all ages, and more than a quarter of a million visitors flock here every summer.
Activities: Batty about nature
The town is considered a gateway to the Holstein Switzerland Nature Park, the state's largest outdoor playground and area of outstanding natural beauty. With its undulating green hills and wildflower-strewn meadows, it is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature. You can also take a tour of the vast Kalkberg cave, visited each winter by more than 20,000 bats, and learn more about them in the adjacent Noctalis exhibition.