Schleswig-Holstein, the nothern-most state in Germany, lies on the pedestal of peninsula of Jutland among the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Its capital is Kiel, whose energetic roads, dreamy courtyards, market squares and harbors really have an eternal, Nordic feeling.
The eco-friendly region with gorgeous leisure time facilities is ideal for families. The uplifting sea air, sun, sand and seawater lift the spirits as well as boosting the immune system. The open sea, coast, marine view, nature reserves and national parks are quality of the state’s natural beauty.
You could, actually, say that it is among the most supreme destinations a traveler could ever find in Germany — especially those who love a flat country and the arctic sea.
Sandy seashore on the North and Baltic Sea, and the deep blue sky with its mighty, soaring clouds are just as typical to the Land among the seas as its quietly sloping, emerald scenery and its ponds bordered by forests.
The clear water of the Baltic Sea, its mild influence and white seaside mainly draws the concentration of families with children to the many bathing resorts along the whole eastern coast. Basket chairs giving protection against the wind and sun. Restaurants along the coast offering a view of breath-taking sunsets and walks along the beach followed by a hot tea — this makes it attractive in winter, too.
Historically seen, this state is clearly influenced by Danish traditions. After WWI, the Danish majority (lived in the northern part of the state) resoluted by plebiscite the return of that part of the province to Denmark. After World War II, it comprised as a state of West Germany.
Nowadays, five languages are being spoken here — more than in any other federal state!
And its citizens are in tune with natural environment. For example, the unique Wadden Sea National Park — one of 13 national parks in Germany — has the densest bird population in Central Europe.
And the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein offers a myriad of marine activities such as leisurely walk by the marinas, walking on vast coast, or observing the ocean-going liners in the Kiel Canal, as well as shopping in the town center.
Did you know, by the way, that every year, Kiel turns out to be a Mecca for all regatta sailors? This happens when the popular Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche), the world’s principal yachting occasion, takes place here (end of June). Hundreds of boats from home and overseas visit the Kiel Firth and make Kieler Woche one of Europe’s chief celebrations.
And did you further know that Flensburg, the nothern most city in this state, is well-known for its beer Flensburger Pilsener (Flens), and interestingly, even well-known for its nationwide database of traffic violators!
And another large city, Lübeck has a medieval environment and many sites of cultural and historical interest. And its Brick Gothic architectural heritage made it onto UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Either way, make sure to include Schleswig-Holstein on your next Germany travel itinerary!