Schönberg (Holstein) — California And Brazil At The Baltic Sea

Standing on the shores of the Baltic Sea you’d think you’d be really (really, really) far from Brazil and California. In the traditional sense, yeah you’re right. But, oh so wrong if you’re in the town of Schönberg in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

No, the rules of geography and international borders aren’t different here in this part of Germany — it’s just that you’ll find “beaches” with these names in Schönberg.

Ahhh, the beaches of Schönberg… A perfect place to find a Strandkorb while listening to the waves crash in.

What’s a Strandkorb, you ask? One of those “cabana” type beach chairs that block the sand and wind. OK, so the big numbers spray-painted on isn’t all that “romantic” looking, but at least you’ll know which one is yours.

And as with most beachy destinations, it’s all about the sun and surf. It can get cold up here, so only some of the bravest of you will take a dip in the frigid Baltic waters.

Wanna stay warmer? Hop on a boat.

It snows up a little here during the winter months, so that’s the time to come in off the beach to visit one of Schönberg’s museums.

Wait, maybe not the Probstei Museum — that’s a farming museum with little thatched roof cottages, and where you’ll learn what it really takes to be a farmer.

The Kindheitsmuseum is one of those better indoor activities. It’s a museum about children — those of today and yesteryear. It’s interesting to see how clothes and toys have changed over the decades.

No one lets a little chilly weather stop them from shopping at Schönberg’s Weekly Market, held every Thursday from 8am to 1pm.

Nothing in Schönberg is much bigger than the annual Pier Festival (called the Seebrückenfest), held in the middle of July. It’s a three-day event with lots of music, food, and good cheer.

Hell, it’s such a good time you might even find a German willing to chat you up. And we all know how Germans don’t really do small-talk. But, then again, you’re in California and Brazil right now, aren’t you? ;-)

 

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