Europe is full of border regions. Regions, which borders, language and ruling king could change overnight, dependent on, who was victorious in a war or a battle. It certainly wan’t easy to live in a border region back then. Nowadays though, the regions are gifted with lots of castles, fortifications and other historic evidence of the turbulent past.
European Travel Magazine visited the region of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany. This was Danish territory from 1460-1864 and has remained some of its Danish architecture and culture.
Here are our 3 tips on eating, drinking and exploring in this flat, sea bordered region.
Roter Haubarg is not just a restaurant, where you can savour some of the regional dishes like lamb, fish and stews. It’s also a museum, where you can explore this unique farm type called Haubarg, with its enormous thatched roof.
It’s the cosiest courtyard in Flensburg, tucked away in a side alley of the cobblestone street of Rote Strasse, which again is tucked away a southwestern stone throw from the shopping street and Südermarkt. And Flensburg itself is a sheltered city, tucked away in the northeastern part of Germany, right on the banks of the Baltic Sea, with a harbour promenade and all. But back to the cosy courtyard, Krusehof, where the aptly named Weinstube in Krusehof serves wine, beer, flammkuchen (no, not a cake but thin-crusted pizza).
Gottorp Castle lies in Schleswig, south of Flensburg, once the capital of the duchy of the same name. While its history dates back to 1161, the imposing south-facing baroque facade with its central tower was built in the 17th century.
The Castle today is an impressive og well-structured museum of history, archaeology and art, with changing art exhibits. We recommend to rent the audio-guide, which comes in a child-friendly version as well.
The entrance fee is 9€ for adults and 5,5€ for children and students. The audio guide is 2€ for the adult and 1€ for the child version. You can easily spend 4-5 hours here, because there are so many museums. We recommend buying a picnic basket in the Schlosskeller restaurant, and enjoy a dinner al fresco in the castle gardens.