Flensburg is the third largest city in the state Schleswig-Holstein, after Kiel and Lübeck. It is Germany’s second most northerly placed city (after Westerland,) and it lies barely 4 miles from the Danish border.
Flensburg was established anywhere around 200 by the Danish settlers. It acquired its town rights in 1284 and rapidly rose to develop into one of the most significant town in the region.
It was not an associate of the Hanseatic League. However, it sustained some solid and cordial contacts with this significant trading network. It went through a number of catastrophes in the form of disease called plague in 12th century and witnessed a fierce fire in 1485.
For the duration of the Second World War, Flensburg was left roughly unharmed by the raids that laid other German cities desecrate. However, some children were died when their school was bombarded in 1943 after the war ended.
The city got a distinction to become the capital of Germany for a very short while in 1945 in a dramatic way when the president took shelter in the city to save his life. Subsequent to the Second World War, on the basis of its population, it got the status of a city. Shortly after the Second World War, it faced even a bigger crisis in the form of a pro-Danish movement, which was raised to capture the town to make it a part of Denmark.
Flensburg consists a well conserved Old Town with various monuments to witness from centuries gone by. The Johanniskirche church in the old town is the city’s oldest church, which was built in the 12th century. The Marienkirche tower is a high Gothic Baroque style tower which was erected in 1885. You’ll see that it’s still very well decorated. The Nikolaikirche is a main Gothic church.
The Nordertor is a fashionable gate and regarded as the town’s landmark. The Kompagnietor, one more gate which was built in 1602, is a shipping company’s harbor gate. The Alt-Flensburger Haus is a building of historical consequence as Eckener brothers’ parents lived in this building.
Flensburg is frequently regarded as the town of the museums as it has a very vast number of museums of different subjects. The Museumsberg Museum is recognized for artistic and cultural history, while the Schifffahrtsmuseum is famous for shipping and shipbuilding.
If you feel warmth for animals, you will surely have a lot of enjoyment in the Naturwissenschaftliches Museum.
Apart from the museums, the city has also a fine collection of archives and libraries. The Town Archive has a extremely inclusive compilation of olden era arts. Some other archives are also in the town, as, the Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig and the State Central Library.