Sailing on the German coast
- Vessel: Eye of the Wind
- Where: Germany
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Rostock - 4 June 2020, 19:00
- Disembark: Holtenau, Kiel - 10 June 2020, 10:00
Explore the Baltic Sea from Rostock to Kiel on board a classic tall ship.
Rostock is the starting point of our journey, which will take us to Kiel via Lubeck. Days at sea will alternate with nights at the sheltered mooring spot or in the harbour. Enjoy relaxing days on board and doing some ‘harbour hopping’ – no previous knowledge or experience is required for sailing on our windjammer.
Our crew will welcome you on board in the port city of Rostock at 7pm where there will be dinner together in the comfortable lounge, where you will quickly feel at home on the Eye of the Wind’s deck and soon get to know your fellow sailors. Make the most of your time before going on board by taking a tour through the historic city center of Rostock. There you will find parts of the city wall with its fortification towers, as well as the 13th-century town hall and monastery churches with hidden gardens. The whole appearance of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s largest city is dominated by Gothic brick buildings from the Hanseatic era. You can also take an evening stroll past the historic storehouses on the banks of the Warnow river and through the picturesque town and the Museum Harbour. Exactly 100 years ago, Rostock was the home port of the Eye of the Wind – at the time she was called ‘Friedrich’.
After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you can soon join in the sailing yourself – always on a voluntary basis, of course. Climbing the rigging, steering the course and pulling the ropes will make this trip an unforgettable holiday experience of a special kind. All sailing manoeuvers are performed manually by the experienced crew, so setting and trimming the sails becomes a fascinating performance from long gone seafaring times, which you can also enjoy comfortably from the deck.
Our route takes us westwards into the Bay of Mecklenburg. Depending on the wind and weather conditions, we will spend a night in the harbour of the Hanseatic city of Wismar. The old port is a magnet for locals and tourists alike. From there it is just a few minutes’ walk to the Altstadt (the historic part of town), which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The watergate, the old townhouse, the Nikolai Church, and the Wismarer Wasserkunst monument bring the city to life and make its history tangible.
For lovers of historic sailing ships, dreams come true around the mooring area of Lubeck. As a maritime museum, the Holsten port is home to numerous traditional sailing ships, some of which are up to 140 years old and still fit to sail. Here, our brig will be in good company. The first destination is the Holsten Gate which is still known to most as the motif on the back of the 50 deutsch marks banknotes. From this landmark, a small bridge leads into the “Stadt der Sieben Türme” (City of the Seven Towers). In the 14th century, Lubeck was regarded as the ‘Queen of the Hanseatic League’. The nearby European Hansemuseum is well worth a visit. The themes of the multimedia exhibition are trade, cultural history, and seafaring in 600 years of the Hanseatic League. Our tip: In the evening, you can take part in a guided nightwatchman tour through the historic city centre. A speciality that has been produced in Lubeck since the Hanseatic era is the world-famous Lubeck marzipan. Our ship’s cook will surely understand if you ‘smuggle’ this treat on board as a small supplement to his dishes …
Another possible destination for a day stop is in the Danish port city of Nykøbing on the island of Falster. Built in 1419, the monastery church forms the centre of the village and can be reached from the harbour in a few minutes. In the same century, the castle of Falster was built, in which there is a small zoo. The look of this typical Scandinavian village is characterized by well-preserved half-timbered houses that are well worth seeing. Depending on the wind and weather conditions, our destination for a stop to go onshore is the bustling ferry port of Rødbyhavn, which opened more than 100 years ago.
On the last evening of our trip, we will find a nice mooring spot in the idyllic and green Eckernförde Bucht or offshore in the Kiel Fjord. In good weather and calm seas, it will be possible to take a final photo tour around the ship with the Eye of the Wind’s dinghy. The highlight of the last day of our voyage is a small captain’s dinner in a familiar atmosphere. Holtenau on the western shore of the Kiel Fjord is where our cruise ends and you can bid farewell to the crew and your fellow sailors.
In Holtenau, you can watch the lively coming and goings at the locks of the Kiel Canal. From small sports yachts to ocean liners, vessels of all kinds and sizes can be seen passing by during the daytime on the world’s busiest artificial waterway. On the short walk to the nearby small Holtenau lighthouse, you will get a taste of the nostalgic port atmosphere – old cargo ships and schooners are often anchored at the quay at dusk.
Eye of the Wind
Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig
With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.
This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.
Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.
Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.
Deck planMore about Eye of the Wind
- Are all meals included?
Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
English and German
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks.
- How many bathrooms does she have?
Each cabin has its own ensuite.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.
- Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes, 12V sockets are available
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
No, please bring your own.
- Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.
- Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.
- Is there air conditioning?
Yes, Eye of the Wind has air con in each cabin.
To: Holtenau, Kiel