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Ten reasons for Schleswig-Holstein

Frisian tart

It is the land between the seas, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The maritime character can be felt in many places – reason enough to visit Schleswig-Holstein with its wonderful beaches, islands, and port cities.

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Capital of Culture of the North

The maritime flair of Schleswig-Holstein also shapes the Hanseatic city of Lübeck with its old town surrounded by water. With around 1800 listed buildings and historic alleys, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly worth seeing is the Holsten Gate, the symbol of the city. The late Gothic building dates from the 15th century and is one of the remains of the Lübeck city fortifications.

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Ship ahoy!

The state capital Kiel on the Baltic Sea becomes a tourist focus once a year when the international sailing event “Kiel Week” takes place. Around three million guests watch the spectacle. Competitions and concerts are held. The highlight of the festival is the “Windjammer Parade”, where around 100 traditional sailors raise their anchors.

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Beach and party vacation on Sylt

It is hip, beautiful – and often fully booked in summer. The island of Sylt in the North Sea is one of the most popular islands in Germany. During the day, tourists crowd on the trendy beach of Westerland, in the evening they flock to the clubs and bars, including many celebrities.

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On foot through the sea

Sylt is surrounded by the Wadden Sea, one of the most biodiverse landscapes in the world, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. When the tide is high, only the islands look out of the water, at low tide a wide mud desert extends to the horizon. Visitors can observe the many crabs, mussels, snails and worms on the seabed on mudflats.

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Beach chair, sea, white sand

On the other side of Schleswig-Holstein, the Baltic Sea stretches with its mild climate and numerous beaches. There are 20 on the island of Fehmarn – including white sandy beaches for relaxing and cliffs for adventurers. With around 2200 hours of sunshine a year, the island is one of the sunniest regions in Germany. So swimwear out and into the water!

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Fishing luck

Water also plays a major role inland. Holstein Switzerland comprises over 200 lakes, surrounded by hills and deciduous forests. Glaciers once formed the varied landscape, which is home to rare animal species such as the sea eagle. Many fish frolic in the oxygen-rich water: a paradise for anglers.

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Rest and relaxation on the loop

What looks like a river is actually an estuary that has made its way around 43 kilometers inland. The Ostseefjord Schlei offers pure relaxation for those seeking tranquility and is ideal for hiking, cycling, and boating. The loop was created during the ice age 115,000 years ago and is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany.

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Time travel to the Vikings

This is where trading and trading took place: Haithabu is located on the banks of the Schlei – from the 9th to the 11th centuries it was a thriving trading metropolis for the Vikings and one of the first cities in Northern Europe. Up to 2000 people from different cultures lived here: Saxony, Frisians, Slavs and Scandinavians. The Viking Museum Haithabu takes visitors back in time.

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Wild west in Bad Segeberg

In Bad Segeberg, the journey through time does not lead to the Vikings, but to the Wild West. The adventures of Karl May’s heroes have been performed here every year since 1952 on the “Kalkbergarena” open-air stage. Of course, the classics include the stories about Winnetou and Old Shatterhand.

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Frisian tart

The residents of Flensburg are considered taciturn and closed. No wonder who lives here has to deal with a harsh climate. That makes dry throats and a desire for a bitter beer. The famous “Flens” is brewed in Flensburg, one of the most bitter Pilsener in Germany. His trademark is popping when opening the beer bottle. The Flensburg native would say: “Flenst!”

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