The town of Ratzeburg sits on an island that once formed the center of an ancient Slavic settlement. When the Saxon colonists crossed the Elbe in the 12th century, Henry the Lion had a massive cathedral constructed on the site to symbolize the arrival of Christianity and the Germans. The surrounding landscape is one of marshes and waterways, which this hike highlights.
How to Get Here:
- The trail starts in the village center of Salem, located outside of Ratzeburg. You can reach it by bus or by car.