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Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the sixteen states of Germany comprised of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former duchy of Schleswig. Its capital city is Kiel, while other notable cities include Lubeck, Flensburg, and Neumunster. The region has a total land area of 15,763.18 square kilometres, and has a population of 2.8 million (2013). It is notable for being wedged and positioned between the North and Baltic seas; a unique feature that makes it stands out. The state is further characterised by its cultural diversity and natural landscapes, which are products of its colourful history.

 

Historically, Schleswig-Holstein was already inhabited in early Prehistoric times, as attested by its many megalithic burial chambers and by the important archaeological discoveries. Further occupations suggest various influences from different European tribes such as Vikings, and the like. Culturally, Schleswig-Holstein is highly diverse, with various notable and established industries seen in the area. The people's love for the local culture has given birth to many art forms that are characterised by the local flavours and tastes – from film and the media, literature, theatre, down to the art pieces; all that is seen in the region is touched by its history and its progress.  

 

What to see & do

Ready for something new and extraordinary? Visit the major tourism state north of Germany that is Schleswig-Holstein. Known as the land of two seas, the region boasts of its title as the 'Cote d’Azur' (in reference to the French region) or the French Riviera of Germany, where travellers (with luck – the weather sometimes wreak havoc on beach days) can enjoy. Aside from the coasts, lines of contemporary German architecture like castles and villas, and a few modern centres and shopping malls adorn the region. 

Schloss Gottorf – The Schloss Gottorf is an 18th century medieval fortress home to the Duke of Gottorf in Schleswig. The medieval fortress, which is now converted into three museums, is now filled with art treasures, artefacts, and a planetarium. The first museum is the Schleswig-Holstein Landesmuseum, where paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a wood panelled 17th-century wine tavern from Lubeck welcome visitors of the magnificent estate. Meanwhile, the second museum is named as the Archäologische Landesmuseum, where a reconstructed and preserved 28-oar row boat from 350 BC is housed. Meanwhile, the third museum is reached through a five-minute walk to the castle's garden, where a recreation of the famous Gottorfer Globus known as the first planetarium – can be found.

The Halligen – The Halligen is one of the 10 wafer-flat islets scattered in the Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer or the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. Often mistaken as a sandbank and an island, it is home to seal colonies. Day tours to the mini islands are in order if visiting the area. 

Dom St. Petri – One of the many intricate and magnificent churches in Germany, the Dom St. Petri is the home

to the Bordesholmer Altar, a 12.6-metre by 7.14-metre altar where 400 figures in 24 scenes in relation to the Passion of Christ are exhibited, portraying the artist's extraordinary patience and craftsmanship. Beautiful down to the floor, it is also one of the frequented tourist destinations in the area. 

Other sites to visit include the Kiellinie Beachfront, the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, and the Schleswig-Holstein Market, where fresh food and ingredients can be bought. Aside from the sights and the spots, the Schleswig-Holstein is also a popular destination for tourists who are into the culture and the arts of a certain region as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Lubeck Nordic Film Days (both national annual events) are held here. The former is an annual classical music festival all over the state, while the latter is an annual festival for movies from Scandinavian countries. The Wacken Open Air Festival is also held in the region, which is considered the largest heavy metal rock festival in the world. 

 

How to get around

Like the rest of Europe, the state of Schleswig-Holstein has an extensive railway system which can be used by visitors who are checking on the main destinations. Bus lines also serve the main roads, and cars are in order if travelling around destinations not covered by the trains and the buses. Walking is also suggested, as well as biking. 

 

How to get there

Travellers who are planning to explore the northernmost state of Germany are advised to fly down to the Frankfurt am Main Airport, Germany's busiest airport. From there, travellers may take a regional flight or scheduled charter to the north of the country and towards the region ride the rails to the north. 

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