| Quick Facts
|| federal state within Germany
|| Euro (EUR, €)
|| 2.82 M
|| German; Frisian in some areas
| Internet TLD
| 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.
- 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
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.
The harbour of Puttgarden
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.
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!