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marketplace in Heiligenhafen, April 2006
marketplace in Heiligenhafen, April 2006
Coat of arms of Heiligenhafen
Coat of arms
Heiligenhafen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 54°22′26″N 10°58′47″E / 54.37389°N 10.97972°E / 54.37389; 10.97972Coordinates: 54°22′26″N 10°58′47″E / 54.37389°N 10.97972°E / 54.37389; 10.97972
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Ostholstein
 • Mayor Heiko Müller
 • Total 18.12 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,126
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 23771–23774
Dialling codes 04362
Vehicle registration OH
Website www.heiligenhafen.de

Heiligenhafen (German pronunciation: [haɪlɪɡənˈhaːfən]; Holsatian: Hilligenhaven) is a town in the district of Ostholstein, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is situated on the Baltic Sea coast, opposite the island Fehmarn, approx. 60 km northeast of Lübeck, and 55 km east of Kiel.

Town hall


The town centre is located on a small bight, the binnensee (inland lake) from which the west of the town has been separated. Two headlands are located off the coast: Steinwarder and Graswarder, the latter one is a bird sanctuary.


A little fishing port and a marina with about 1000 moorings is located at the open part of the bight close to the town centre. Tourism is an important part of the economy of the town. Every summer the main attraction is a 10-day festival called 'Hafenfest Tage' (harbour festival) which attracts visitors from all over the country. The town just celebrated its 250-year anniversary and has kept the charm of the traditional German fishing town though some well designed amendments to the town centre have been made.

Born in Heiligenhafen[edit]

Connected to Heiligenhafen[edit]

Theodor Storm
  • Theodor Storm (1817-1888) jurist and famous writer, was inspired by a stay in Heiligenhafen in 1881 to the novella Hans and Heinz Kirch, whose scene is located here.
  • Fritz Graßhoff (1913-1997), draftsman, painter and writer, was interned here after the war and wrote in 1945 the Heiligenhafen Sternsingerspiel (carol singer play)
Heiligenhafen Panorama
Panorama from the district Warteburg to Heiligenhafen (left), Graswarder and in the Fehmarnsund with the Fehmarnsund Bridge.
  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2015] (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).