The town of Ratzeburg in the Duchy of Lauenburg is one of the few towns in Germany to be completely surrounded by water. The old town lies in the Ratzeburger lake and is accessible only over three dams.
The late Romanesque cathedral at the northern tip of the old town island is surrounded by water on three sides. The brick church donated by Henry the Lion is one of the most important sacred buildings in northern Germany.
The sculptor Ernst Barlach spent part of his childhood in a half-timbered house right next to the church of St. Peter in the centre of the old town. In his honour, the house now houses a museum in which numerous works by the world-famous artist can be seen.
Why don't you take a trip to the beautiful surroundings by large or small trolley or circle the old town island on a hydrobike? Adventurous people can spend the night in an old sleeping car, an oversized suitcase or high in a tree in a birdhouse.