Events In and Around Glücksburg

Fun for young and old

Various events are held all year round in Glücksburg and the surrounding areas: Whether it’s the marathon, the beach festival or the Christmas market  – there is always something going on here!

The “Flensburg liebt dich” Marathon” (“Flensburg loves you” marathon) will be held this year for the very first time! It begins precisely at 9 am on Whit Sunday: The runners start off the race in the middle of the city centre, near the Südermarkt area of the Holm pedestrian zone – in the beautiful seaport on the Flensburg Fjord.

There are three different distances: the marathon, with a 42-kilometre route, the half marathon covering 21 kilometres, and the relay marathon, which is also 42 kilometres long. 

If you don’t feel like breaking a sweat yourself, but don’t want to miss out on all the lively activity, the marathon is also accompanied by an extensive programme of events, such as a sporting goods fair and live music.

Starts at 9:00 am


The theme of this year’s Glücksburg Rose Festival (Glücksburger Rosenfest) is “A festival for all senses and all ages”. And not without reason, because the festival in the Rosarium delights its visitors every year. On these two days, the Rosarium shines in full splendour – and you can gaze at the different species of roses while enjoying crepes, cake, coffee and sparkling wine. The festival is accompanied by a varied programme and guided tours through the garden. Against the background of relaxing live music, numerous exhibitors present their arts and crafts, garden furnishings and plant items. And as a special highlight, the Rose Queen is crowned!

By the way, your little ones will be entertained, too! The Glucksberg youth fire brigade will keep them busy with a lot of fun games.

Admission is free.

10:00 am to 6:00 pm 

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Now it's time to get athletic! The absolute highlight of the season in Glücksburg is the OstseeMan Triathlon. This is where 1,500 extreme athletes compete – and all of Glücksburg is out and about! The weeks leading up to the marathon are already all about the OstseeMan: The athletes train avidly, run and cycle the routes, test the swimming course, and look forward with excitement to the big day.

When the day finally arrives, both athletes and spectators are equally excited. The triathlon starts at 7 am with the mass start of all the swimmers – from Sandwig beach, it's off to the fjord.

Next up is the cycling course with a total of six rounds. The course leads to the area surrounding Glücksburg, goes past the golf course, and a part of it continues right along the fjord. The many hills and inclines make for a challenging task – although one with a great view. 

After the cycling, it’s time for the run: The running course goes past the Glücksburg Castle, Sandwig beach – and by our Glück in Sicht area. So you can root for the participants and cheer them on!

Even if you do not compete the triathlon, you can still be a part of it. Throughout the day, many locals help with the refuelling stands and with the assembly and dismantling. All of Glücksburg is out and about indeed. In the evening, everyone gathers for the award presentation ceremony and a beautiful fireworks show – to wind down the exciting day together.

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Once across the fjord, please! This swimming event is organized by the DLRG (German Lifesaving Organisation) and presents the participants with a very special challenge. The swimmers are brought by boat to the opposite side of the shore, and then it’s time to swim up a storm! The participants swim once across the fjord – from Denmark to Germany. It’s about 3,000 meters across, and the swimmers pass by the Ox Islands, heading in the direction of Sandwig beach in Glücksburg.

450 spaces are available for the event!

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This great fun fair awaits you with many rides and amusement stands. The fairground is transformed into a carnival! Visitors from the region and from neighbouring Denmark enjoy the lively fun atmosphere – preferably with a yummy bratwurst, a bag of sugar-roasted almonds or some of the wide variety of sweet treats that the many stands have to offer.

The Autumn Fun Fair has been delighting visitors for several decades now, about 80,000 people visit the fair each year!  

Christmas is a magical time for both young and old, especially when it is as enchanting as it in Glücksburg. On all four Advent weekends, the Glücksburg Castle invites you to a very special Christmas experience.

The castle is festively decorated and transformed into a fairy-tale atmosphere. The Christmas market spans the entire castle courtyard – and features a beautifully crafted gingerbread house and a singing Christmas tree: two absolute highlights! Traditional and new Christmas decorations, regional handicrafts as well as local specialties and delicacies from all over the world are on offer. The market is also accompanied by a varied programme of events, activities and entertainment.

Every Advent weekend, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

To properly ring in the new year, around 50 to 100 courageous souls head to Sandwig beach – and bravely dare to take a short dip in the chilly fjord! 

Mulled wine and bratwurst are served at the event – just the right thing to shake off any lingering hangover!

Starts at 2:00 pm