Harrislee Is Where The Baltic Sea Kisses The North Sea

There’s no way that anyone will ever stop me from singing the praises of Schleswig-Holstein, especially when you see a town like Harrislee; located on a strip of land between the North and Baltic Seas, right next to the border of Denmark.

The nearby Flensburg Fjord is a small inlet of the Baltic Sea dotted with colorful boats and the coastline of the two countries. There isn’t a more beautiful place to swim or just sit beachside with a good book.

You can also expect to hear a bit of Standard German, Low German, and even Danish around these parts. There’s an amateur Danish theater called Harreslev Amatørscene, if you want a cultural evening (even if you don’t speak a lick of it).

While you’re here visit the Industrial Copper Mill Museum, also known as the Kobbermølle Museum on street signs, see prehistoric Stone Age graves, or visit the Klueser Forest. This recreational area is shaded by Birch, Douglas Fir, and Spruce trees. Sounds like a good place to enjoy a picnic to me.

If you’re the ambitious type, grab a bicycle and ride the 66 km cycle path that takes you from the North Sea dyke along to the Baltic Sea. That may be a long way to go for one day, depending on your condition, so if you want to travel the whole thing you may wanna stay overnight at one of the few area hotels.

Some of the hotels in Harrislee are very upscale offering spa services, golf (18-hole and miniature), and gourmet dining. However, there are a few small traditional inns in Harrislee, too.

Try to visit Harrislee on a Friday morning so you can shop at the weekly town market (7am-1pm). It’s a great place to buy yourself a souvenir.

At the end of the day enjoy a local sweet dish known as Rote Grütze. It’s made with fresh strawberries, cherries, rasberries, sugar, and served with either whipped cream or vanilla sauce.

I don’t think there’s a Standard German, Low German, or Danish word for yummy — but if you find one, let me know! ;-)

 

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