Ever want to be in two places at the same time? In Flensburg, a town right on the border of Germany and Denmark, you’ll feel like you are. Once an important trading port, the city sits right on the Flensburg Firth, off the Baltic Sea. An unassuming but vibrant town, Flensburg is the perfect place where you can kick your shoes off, sit back, relax, and watch the sunset by the harbor while enjoying the local brew.
Location: Germany’s Most Northern City
An independent town in Germany, Flensburg sits right on the northernmost tip of the German state, in the Danish-German border. Once an important trading town that exported herring, sugar, and rum, it is also the center of Danish national majority in the country. It is situated close to Kiel and Odense, Denmark.
Business: The Commercial Center of northern Schleswig-Holstein
The cultural and commercial center of Schleswig-Holstein, this trading port has now become the hub of many different industries, such as shipbuilding, metal working, paper mills, and technology. Some notable companies that call Flensburg home are A. H. Johannsen (the oldest rum house in town), Flensburger Brauerei, and Lufthansa Systems.
Culture: A City as Straightforward as Rum
Like any bustling port cities, Flensburg is one that is uncomplicated, simple, and smooth-sailing. It is a town dotted with lively pubs, all of which serve the famous local brew, the Flensburger Pilsen. The locals are candid, easy, and quite friendly to tourists. But don’t be fooled by the unassuming harbor. Once a year, it becomes a hosting place for sailing regattas, attracting well-heeled crowds from different parts of the globe.
Activities: What to Do in Flensburg
An interesting town with a lot of interesting sites, there are a few museums that you shouldn’t miss. One of them is the Schifffahrtsmuseum, which displays the history Flensburg as an old port. It also has quite an extensive collection of model ships. Another must-see is the Museumsberg. It houses a historical park, as well as the Hans-Christian-Andersen-House. Finally, there is the Rum Museum, dedicated to the alcohol that was once the town’s major industry. Here, you’ll learn all about rum production, as well as treat yourself to some of the varieties.