Yachtsport Eckernförde Nielsen GmbH & Co. KG

Marina near Eckernförde (Borby)

Last edited 21.09.2022 at 12:08 by NV Charts Team


54° 28’ 30.4” N


9° 50’ 10.6” E


In our small private harbour you are well protected. Our sailing shop is only a few meters away and you are centrally located in Eckernförde.

The fishing boats are quickly reached and also the market on Wednesday and Saturday are within walking distance.

NV Cruising Guide


The approach to the harbours of Eckernförde is unproblematic day and night. One runs 310° towards the church of Borby. To the marina of the SCE one turns to the north, however, only if one has kept free enough from the mole of the naval port. At night the entrance is illuminated. Immediately west of the marina is the anchorage area of the SVAOE. To the town harbour one continues towards the church of Borby until the eastern pier head is passed. From here one either steers into the "Jaichhafen" or past the Handelskai to the inner harbour. At night one steers towards the Eckernförde light in the leading sector until the white sector of the harbour light (Oc.4s) is visible and then steers towards the harbour light with 295°. If you can make out the northern, illuminated pier head well, you keep towards it, pass it and run into the harbour from here by sight.


There are several berthing facilities for guest yachts (see both plans). The Eckernförde marina (water depth: 2-3 m) is a modern facility in the Borby district with the clubhouse of the Sailing Club Eckernförde (SCE). Guests report to the harbour master at the SCE office. The mooring area of the Segelvereinigung Altona Övelgönne (SVAOE) is another mooring possibility. The mooring buoys are private property. Only for the takeover of equipment etc. the sports skipper can moor at the head of the club mooring for a short time. The water depth there is about 1.2 m. The "Jaichhafen" in the city area is also suitable for larger yachts (5-7 m water depth). Free berths are marked in green. There are further yacht moorings to the east and west of the bascule bridge. For opening the footbridge you have to contact the harbour master. Bridge openings are on weekdays between 7 am and 4 pm.


The beautiful small town with pedestrian zone offers all possibilities of supply. However, the SCE marina (with wifi connection) is 1.5 km from the center.

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As the "Day of Eckernförde" a battle was to go down in the history of Schleswig-Holstein, in which Danes and Schleswig-Holsteiners clashed on April 5, 1849. One of the largest sailing ships of the time was in Eckernförde Bay among the seven attacking Danish sailing and steam ships: the "Christian VIII"'. She carried 84 guns.

Let's face it, the victorious Danes offered the German gunners a firm target for a long time. On the 48-gun-carrying "Gefion" and the "Christian VIll." the anchors were weighed too late, and the sailing ships, soon shot out of manoeuvre by the two batteries from Eckernförde, could not be towed out of the danger zone in time by the Danish steamships called in to help, because they too were under heavy fire from the entrenchments. At 1 p.m. the commander-in-chief of the "Christian VIII," Paludan, planted the parliamentary flag and tried to negotiate a free withdrawal. He threatened otherwise to shell the town.

Despite the threats, the engagement continued after a brief lull in the firing, and the Danes were finally forced to admit defeat towards evening. But before the ship was handed over to the Schleswig-Holsteiners, a harrowing experience occurred, according to surviving eyewitness accounts. The "Christian VIII", which had been driven onto the beach, caught fire and exploded in a huge fireball while the Danish prisoners were still leaving the ship. Schleswig-Holstein soldiers and fishermen from Eckernförde, who had tried to save the Danish soldiers still on the ship from the imminent explosion, also lost their lives. The fallen were buried in a mass grave in the Eckernförde cemetery. Nearly 1000 Danish soldiers became prisoners.

In detail, the Heimatbuch des Kreises Eckernförde (2nd edition 1928, 3rd edition 1972) by Willers Jessen and Christian Kock describes an event that hit the people of Eckernförde with particular hardship: the great storm tide of 1872. A storm on November 12 of that year turned into a hurricane the following day, driving huge masses of water into Eckernförde Bay. Streets were flooded and houses collapsed. But all at once - although the storm had not abated - the water level dropped again. The water had found an outlet for a short time because the dam to Windebyer Noor had broken. A newspaper report at that time describes the situation: "With terrible speed the initially narrow opening widened, and the water shot down into the Noor in a mighty torrent. The terrible force of the current now irresistibly carried the boats away, and with great suspense one followed the way of them, asking oneself whether they would come past the dam or would be smashed. One was almost breathless when a boat with two people followed the dreadful current. Fortunately, in due time the men jumped out and were saved. Later a larger boat with two fishermen went through and that too cost no lives. In an hour and a half the whole dam was gone and the grey waves with white crests went over it."

When the Noor was filled the water in the streets rose so high that houses could only be reached by boat. Many people drowned or were killed by collapsing houses. Individual fates like the following were described in detail in the newspaper reports: On the beach of Sophienruhe stood a croft in which the worker Wegener lived. The tide rose so high that Wegener and his wife had to take refuge on the floor of the house. From here they both looked fearfully into the wild element. The floods pushed the panels out of the half-timbered walls and the furniture floated away. As the armchair floated by, Wegener leaned out of the floor hatch, fell and drowned, the woman was rescued."

No other Baltic town has been hit by disasters as often as Eckernförde. Storm surges, famines, town fires and the plague, which claimed the lives of over 500 Eckernförde residents during the 30 Years' War, were among the blows of fate for the town in the area of conflict between German and Danish interests. While in Aabenraa under German occupation the singing of Danish folk songs was forbidden with severe penalties (see Aabenraa), around 1855 in Eckernförde under Danish rule the singing of the Schleswig-Holstein song was punished with at least ten days in prison. On both the Danish and German sides, however, such bans tended to incite national sentiment.

Eckernförde today is not a prime example of a place with much medieval architecture. It has been hit by storm surges and fires too often for that. But what remains of the old town is certainly worth seeing. Kattsund, Rosengang, Fischerstraße, Pastorengang and Rektorgang have a number of listed houses. However, those who moor in the marina have to walk almost two kilometres to get here. If you are moored in the outer harbour near the old town, you save the walk, but you also have to do without all the amenities of the marina in front.

Furthermore, if you walk along the outer harbour, you approach the city from its chocolate side. The way into the city leads over the wooden footbridge that separates the inner and outer harbours. When merchant or traditional ships "squeeze" through the opening of the picturesque bascule bridge, there is not much space between the ship's sides and the bridge - a spectacle for which many a person leaves the bridge to be on the safe side. Before entering the footbridge, one passes the monument of the Great Elector in the green area along the shore of Borby. The statue, cast in bronze, was originally based in Pillau, a sponsor town of Eckernförde, and has stood at Vogelsang for over 33 years.

Here, on the northern shore of the harbour, was the fortress on what is now Petersberg, under whose protection the little town on the firth developed. The castle is first mentioned in 1197 in the name of the knight Godescaceus de ekerenvorde and in Waldemar's earth book (Ykernaburgh = squirrel castle). But in the war between King Erich of Pomerania and Henry IV, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, the castle was completely destroyed in 1416. If you want to know more about the history of the town, you should not miss a visit to the local history museum at the Rathausmarkt. In the rooms of the former town hall of Eckernförde, the naval battle of Eckernförde is also dealt with in detail. And because fishing was one of the most important livelihoods of the people of Eckernförde, the history of this occupation is shown by means of fishing gear. From the 19th to the first half of the 20th century, the heyday of fishing and fish processing, there were over 40 (!) smokehouses in Eckernförde, which also processed the catches of other Baltic Sea towns. The Kiel sprat actually comes from Eckernförde, and how the people of Eckernförde turned silver into gold can be seen in the smokehouse museum in Gudewerdtstraße.

The emerging "fashion" of bathing in the Baltic Sea and exposing oneself more and more "indecently" in the eyes of some contemporaries made the Eckernförde coffers ring from the middle of the last century onwards. However, in the early years of this bathing life it was usually very mannerly. This was ensured by proper clothing, bathing trolleys and cabins, as well as the bathing attendants who strictly observed the separation of the sexes. The historic bathing costumes are on display in the local museum. The town was officially declared a Baltic seaside resort in 1923, and has remained a tourist attraction during the summer months.

One of the town's sights is St Nicolai's Church on Kieler Straße, an elongated pedestrian street. The rather plain building holds a wealth of art treasures inside. The painting of the vault dates back to 1578, the bronze baptismal font was made ten years later. Hans Gudewerdt the Younger, an important woodcarver of the Baroque period, created the altar in 1640. The famous alchemist St. Germain found his final resting place under the tiles of this church after a life full of adventures all over Europe (see also Fleckeby). The plague, which cost the lives of more than 500 people from Eckernförde, is commemorated by the "Sündflutbild"' in the southern aisle of St. Nicolai's church, made in 1632.

The oldest part of Borby's church at Fischerkoppel was built in the 12th century. The relief carved in granite above the south portal dates from the same period. A special feature is the 13th-century Romanesque baptismal font from Gotland.

A replica of the figurehead of the Danish frigate "Gefion"' commemorates the naval battle of Eckernförde in the spa park between Preußerstraße and Südstrand. Here you will also find the covered seawater wave pool. Next to the town hall, which is situated a little north of the indoor swimming pool and where numerous music and theatre performances take place in summer, stone slabs in a chessboard pattern have been laid out for the Game of Kings. Oversized chess pieces are moved by the players on the large chess fields. Those who feel the need to sit in an armchair and read for a while will find the spa rooms provided for this purpose in the town hall. Numerous seating areas in the spacious library rooms make it possible to select books in peace.

Directly on the beach south of the town harbour is the Baltic Info Centre 'OIC', where not only the little crew members can dive into the exciting world under water. From the coastal landscape to the depths, the diverse life in the sea is presented here in a vivid and tangible way in the large touch tank and other aquariums. You can also hear directly how the Eckernförde Bay "sounds" under water. In addition, further experience programmes are offered under the motto "experience the sea...". From the wooden bridge in the direction of the city centre, you should also not miss a visit to the "Bonbon-Kocherei", where you can directly experience the production process up to the finished sweet.

The hiking trail at Windebyer Noor to the west of the harbour is suitable for walks. Via the Noorstraße, which leads to the federal road 76 at the end of the inland harbour, you can reach this walking path. Here it is worth visiting the squirrel sanctuary, where visitors can get up close to the animals in their enclosure. In addition, a hike to the Altenhof cliff located on the southern shore via the shore promenade and the southern beach is recommended. The SCE marina is a convenient starting point for the hike to Hemmelmark beach on the north shore of the bay.

Marina Information

Max Depth 5 m
Berth Width 4.8 m
Berth Length 18 m


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Jeppe S, NV Charts
12.07.2022 09:23
Falk, Chiara
03.11.2021 15:26
Julian.m.poehler, MERRY
Der Hafen ist sehr zentral gelegen, allerdings mit einer lauteren Straße direkt nebenan. Wir haben den Hafen am 29.9.20 besucht und fühlten uns hier leider nicht sehr willkommen. Da am Abend unserer Ankunft das Hafenmeisterbüro nicht besetzt war, hatten wir keinen Zugang zu sanitären Anlagen. Am folgenden Morgen wurden wir leider nicht sehr freundlich empfangen. Auf unserem zweimonatigen Törn wurde uns nie vorher ein so unwillkommenes Gefühl vermittelt.
30.09.2020 11:22
Falk vW, Chiara
17.05.2020 11:15

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