A drive through the countryside of Northern Germany

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Landscape with canola flowers

The best time for holiday in the countryside of Schleswig-Holstein is between May and August. Perfect weather and a lot of flowers are in bloom 🙂 . Therefore, no wonder that I wanted to spend some days in that Northern part of Germany.

Windmill in landscape

Schleswig-Holstein lies on the base of Jutland Peninsula between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The lowlands in the western part have no hills – it’s really flat. The North Frisian Islands – as well as nearly all of Schleswig-Holstein’s North Sea cost – form the largest national park in Central Europe. It’s called the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, which is one of my favorite national parks in Germany. 🙂

Bridge on water
The other part of Schleswig-Holstein on the Baltic Sea is marked by fjords, bays and cliff lines. You can also find rolling hills and many lakes, particularly in the eastern part, called the Holstein Switzerland.

A more historical point of interest: the prehistoric remains. Archaeologists have found some burial places dated with an age of more than 4,500 years, which were constructed with stones and earth.

Prehistoric burial place
More modern buildings can also be found, of course 😀 . But, some of the houses on the countryside still have the traditional method of building a house, e.g. their thatched roof. With this old thatching method roofs are built with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, rushes or palm branches. This is the best way to shed water away from the inner roof.

A traditional house in green garden
Thatched roof

 

So, if you want to see a different part of Germany – nothing to do with Bavaria, by the way – you need to travel to Schleswig-Holstein. Especially, if you love the sea!
And just in case you might speak some German words, be aware that this part of Germany has a different dialect. 😀

Flowers in a basket

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