Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Bräutigamseiche Eutin

    Bräutigamseiche, Dodauer Forst, 23701

    How to Get There?


      Eutin is on the Lübeck-Kiel railway line and is therefore well-served and easily reached by train. From the station take a taxi. The Bräutigamseiche is well known in Eutin.

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      The oak tree is located off a forest path at the end of the national highway B 76 towards Plön. Simply follow the signs, they will lead the way straight to the tree.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 54.136169
      LONGTITUDE: 10.556075



      The closest airports are the airport Lübeck (45 km) and the airport Hamburg (75 km). Eutin is reachable from both airports with regional trains.

      Nearest airport

      Lübeck (LBC)

    Why Go There?

    An old oak tree with its own postal address – the Bräutigamseiche Eutin (a city located in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein) is a nice and unique location for lovers.

    Around the Bräutigamseiche (groom oak tree) in Eutin are many myths and legends. One of them is a story very similar to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

    Minna, the daughter of the forester, fell in love with Wilhelm, the son of a Leipzig chocolate manufacturer. Nobody was allowed to know, and certainly not the forester. That's why the two met often secretly under the tree and exchanged love letters through a knothole. 

    Over a year past. Finally, Minna's father saw how serious it was to her, he relented and gave its approval. On 2 June 1891, Wilhelm wed his Minna under the oak tree. What a romantic Happy-End!

    The story spread fast. It didn't take long and the first love-letters reached the tree. More and more lovers used the knothole to write letters. 1927, the post began with the letter delivery. Today, up to 50 letters reach the Bräutigamseiche daily from around the world (even from Japan, USA or Australia), only one does not exist: the Post secrecy. Anyone can take out post, read, and fooled if not satisfied. 

    About 100 couples have found themselves in this way. Some of them have married. Many come personally to Eutin and celebrate their wedding-days. 

    Some facts about the oak tree: Over 500 years old, a perimeter of 5 meters, 5 meter high – the tree is truly an imposing appearance. 

    Write a letter and find your luck, discover Eutin and visit the tree or smile about this crazy, charming German dating agency.

    The postal address of the oak tree is: Bräutigamseiche, Dodauer Forst, 23701 Eutin, Germany

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Bräutigamseiche, Dodauer Forst, 23701 , Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    River cruise

    Boat rides have a long tradition of over 100 years and still take place on the 'Großer Eutiner See'. Nowadays at Easter and from May to October visitors are welcome to enjoy the lake and surroundings on a modern passenger ship (company 'Eutiner Seerundfahrt').


    Eutin is not only home of the Bräutigamseiche, the town is also a nice and old city surrounded by lakes and forests. Eutin has an old town with numerous historic timber-frame houses. Eutin Castle (Schoss Eutin) belongs to the major buildings in Schleswig-Holstein. Today, the castle houses a museum. The interiors can be visited as part of a guided tour.

    Christmas Market

    The Christmas market at the end of November at and in the Eutin Castle has stands of 100 exhibitors with original, handmade and traditional Christmas articles.


    Eurin is sourrounded by a variety of lttle towns, which are worth visiting: Plön and Malente are only two examples. Or take a detour to the Baltic Sea coast – it is not far.

    Spa & Wellness

    The 'Ostsee Therme' (Baltic Sea Thermal Bath) in Scharbeutz is only 20 minutes away by car. Enjoy hours of relaxation in one of the most beautiful spas of in Germany (directly at the beach).

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