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Germany : Schleswig-Holstein
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Quick Facts
Capital Kiel
Government federal state within Germany
Currency Euro (EUR, €)
Area 15,763km²
Population 2.82 M
Language German; Low German; Danish and Frisian in some areas
Internet TLD .de
Time Zone UTC+1 (MEZ)

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost state of Germany. It borders Denmark and has coasts on both the North and Baltic Seas.


Other destinations[edit]

  • North Frisian Islands
  • Holstein Switzerland
  • Ditmarschen a flat land of mostly reclaimed land, with spectacular skies and lots of holiday apartments known (in singular) as Ferienwohnung or Fewo. It is a place where many Germans holiday and is a great place for a slice of Germany as the Germans live it. What's interesting in terms of history is that the Ditmarschen does not have a historical aristocracy, being a land of, usually well-to-do farmers.
  • Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage site along the region's coast and including the North Frisian Islands


Schleswig Holstein, or as it is known locally Der Rest den keiner will is one of the most beautiful parts of Germany. Its stunning coasts and rolling hills will impress you, just before the likable and talkative locals will endear you to the place even more. People who don't like this place are few and far between indeed


German. Most people understand English. The northern part of the region contains Danish and North Frisian minorities, thus making it possible to use those languages in addition to German in many situations. Low German is spoken in very rural areas, but German can be used as well mostly.

The harbour of Puttgarden

Get in[edit]

The nearest international airport is in Hamburg. There are many boat services from Scandinavia. From the Danish Jutland you can get to Schleswig-Holstein by car.

Get around[edit]

The Kiel canal connecting the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

The state has an extensive public transportation service, provided by different train and bus companies.


  • The old town of Lübeck
  • The North Sea coast
  • The Kiel canal


Visit Ditmarschen and eat the fabulous seafood. Try Friedrichskoog for great fish restaurants.


Shrimp: in Büsum, you can buy small boiled shrimp by the kilo. Spend a happy communal time peeling them and eat them on black bread, with a fried egg over the top. An excellent Abend Brot (dinner) or snack!


Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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