Germany’s northernmost federal state, Schleswig-Holstein, is special in many regards. It is the only federal state that is situated both on the North Sea coast as well as on the Baltic Sea coast, and the only federal state which has 3 official languages: German, Danish and North Frisian. Schleswig-Holstein is well known for its islands (especially the regularly flooded Halligen), its lighthouses and the beauty of its nature. Because it is rather sparsely populated, the raw beauty of Schleswig-Holstein’s landscapes is even more visible.
Landscape and Climate:
The Wadden sea and dikes on the west coast, cliffs and white sandy beaches on the east coast, and gentle hills and idyllic lakes in between: Schleswig-Holstein has it all − except mountains of course! The good fresh air and a pretty view are accompanied by moderate temperatures and above-average rainfall, both in the maritime climate in the coastal areas and in the humid continental climate in the interior of the country.
- The state capital Kiel, which is also Schleswig-Holstein's largest city, combines maritime flair with the conveniences of urban civilization.
- The city of Husum, which is located close to the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a cosy harbour town with an impressive cultural programme.
- Lübeck, on the other hand, enchants with the historic charm of its old town’s winding alleys, the famous Holsten Gate and the world's best marzipan.
✈️ – airport
🚄 – connection to long-distance train service: ICE (high-speed trains)
🚂 – connection to long-distance train service: IC/EC🚌 – important bus station
🚗 – good highway connection