Living in Schleswig-Holstein

A narrow wooden bridge at a grassy landscape. In the background there is a lighthouse at sundown.
In the north of Germany Schleswig-Holstein is located. The state is famous for its beautiful coastal landscapes.

State of two seas

The most northern state in Germany is the only state that borders on two seas: the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The Kiel Canal that connects the two of them is the most traveled artificial waterway around the world. It flows through the whole state, from Brunsbüttel to Kiel. The national park ‘Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer’ is the largest European national park. A unique specialty worldwide is a group of small islands, called ‘Halligen’. These partly inhabited islands are flooded regularly. Schleswig-Holstein is very famous for the red brick and thatched buildings. Important economic sectors are agriculture, wind power, shipbuilding industry, maritime trade and tourism. Many research firms in Schleswig-Holstein do research on the following fields: oceanography, biomedicine and medical technology. People who live near the coast are able to do many different types of sports, like Windsurfing, Sailing, Kitesurfing, Canoeing, Stand-Up-Paddling or Rowing. So the most northern state is the perfect place of residence for freaks of watersports. Music lovers are in the right place as well, because Schleswig-Holstein offers attractive musical events. Annually there are taking place the Europe-wide biggest classical music festival ‘Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival’ and the worldwide biggest metal festival ‘Wacken Open Air’.

The state capital Kiel

One of the biggest German harbors for passengers is located in the metropolis at the Baltic Sea. Therefore inhabitants of Kiel are able to watch huge cruise liners while they’re entering the harbor or while their departure. This activity is called ‘Pöttekieken’. The big harbor is very important for Kiel in economic terms as well. The state capital is a significant location for dockyards and engineering factories. Kiel is famous for the worldwide biggest sailing event that is taking place annually – the sailing regatta ‘Kieler Woche’. People who are interested in art can visit many museums. The theatre of Kiel is worth visiting, too. This beautiful brick building invites to operas, orchestra concerts, ballets and plays with younger and older professional actors. Kiel offers various opportunities of leisure activities. There are many beaches in Kiel, because the Kiel Fjord reaches the inner city. Everyone – an extreme water sportsman as well as a person in need of rest – finds an appropriate place. Visitors that want to experience the ‘Taste of Kiel’ should try the smoked ‘Kieler Sprotte’ and the popular ‘Backfisch’.

Other popular cities in Schleswig-Holstein


The city is known nationwide for the Federal Motor Transport Authority that counts penalty points on one’s driver’s license and the beer ‘Flensburger Pilsener’. Less popular is another fact: two different cultures are living in Flensburg – German and Danish people. Flensburg is one of the most northern German cities. The city is beautiful, because of a historic city with several buildings and hidden backyards as well as because of the harbor and the coast at a short distance.


This city has many names: ‘Queen of the Hansa’, ‘Mother of the Hansa’, ‘City of Seven Towers’ or ‘Gate to the North’. Lübeck is situated near the Baltic Sea and invites tourists to visiting. The medieval historic city is surrounded completely by water. The big gate ‘Holstentor’ is the landmark of Lübeck. Two iron lions are situated behind it – one is sleeping, the other one is waking. On the highest point of the ‘island’ the beautiful church ‘Marienkirche’ is located. A popular speciality is Lübecker Marzipan.


In the center of the state the fourth biggest city in Schleswig-Holstein is located: Neumünster. Worth visiting are the magnificent neo-Gothic city hall building, the water tower and many monuments in the inner city. The environmental reviewed city isn’t located at the coast, but Neumünster is an important traffic junction in the north of Germany.

Ciudades pequeñas en Schleswig-Holstein

Sahms Salem Sandesneben Sankt Annen Sankt Margarethen Sankt Michaelisdonn Sankt Peter-Ording Sarlhusen Sarzbüttel Saustrup Schaalby Schacht-Audorf Schackendorf Schafflund Schafstedt Schalkholz Scharbeutz Schashagen Scheggerott Schellhorn Schenefeld Schenefeld Schieren Schierensee Schillsdorf Schinkel Schiphorst Schlesen Schleswig Schlotfeld Schmalensee Schmalfeld Schmalstede Schmedeswurth Schmilau Schnakenbek Schnarup-Thumby Schretstaken Schrum Schuby Schulendorf Schwabstedt Schwartbuck Schwarzenbek Schwedeneck Schwentinental Schwesing Schwissel Schönbek Schönberg Schönberg (Holstein) Schönhorst Schönkirchen Schönwalde am Bungsberg Schülldorf Schülp Schülp b. Nortorf Schülp b. Rendsburg Schürensöhlen Seedorf Seedorf Seefeld Seester Seestermühe Seeth Seeth-Ekholt Sehestedt Selent Selk Seth Siebenbäumen Siebeneichen Siek Sierksdorf Sierksrade Sievershütten Sieverstedt Silberstedt Silzen Simonsberg Sirksfelde Sollerup Sollwitt Sommerland Sophienhamm Sprakebüll Stadum Stafstedt Stangheck Stapelfeld Stedesand Steenfeld Stein Steinberg Steinbergkirche Steinburg Steinfeld Steinhorst Stelle-Wittenwurth Sterley Sterup Stipsdorf Stockelsdorf Stocksee Stolk Stolpe Stoltebüll Stoltenberg Strande Struckum Strukdorf Struvenhütten Struxdorf Strübbel Stubben Stuvenborn Stördorf Störkathen Sylt Sönnebüll Sören Sörup Süderau Süderbrarup Süderdeich Süderdorf Süderende Süderfahrenstedt Süderhackstedt Süderhastedt Süderheistedt Süderhöft Süderlügum Südermarsch Süderstapel Sülfeld Süsel