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Cheap flights to Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the 16 states of Germany, bordering Denmark, and has coasts on both the North and Baltic Seas. It comprises most of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig. It is divided into 11 Kreise (districts) and is separated into four urban districts. Its capital city is Kiel. Although the official language is German, most people understand English. Also, the northern part of the region has Danish and North Frisian minorities, which add to the languages spoken in the region.

What to see & do

“Moin Moin!” – This is how the people of Schleswig-Holstein greet visitors. Aside from friendly locals, one will find cultural diversity and mesmerising natural landscapes. Have fun under the sun and check out the spectacular sandy beaches on the North Sea islands of Amrum, Föhr, and Sylt, as well as the Baltic. St. Peter Ording is perfect for sand-yachting while Helgoland is great for birdwatching and spending your beach holidays. The Wadden Sea National Park, a World Natural Heritage Site, is a highlight on Schleswig-Holstein's west coast, holding the densest bird population in Central Europe. Its tidal shallows also serve as nursery grounds for young herring, with common seals and grey seals romping about on the sandbanks. Multimar Wattforum, its exhibition and documentation centre, attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The region is a mix of Danish and German cultures, with castles and manors in the countryside serving as the best example. Dishes like Rødgrød (“red grits” or “red groats”) are widely shared. Surnames like Hansen are also common. Some of the most important festivals celebrated in the region are the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, an annual classic music festival all over the state, and the Lübeck Nordic Film Days, an annual film festival for movies from Scandinavian countries, which is also held in Lübeck. The annual Wacken Open Air festival, known as the largest heavy metal rock festival in the world, is also held here. Gottorf Castle, the most important museum of cultural history in the state is located in Schleswig.

How to get around Schleswig-Holstein

You can get around Schleswig-Holstein via three ways: by bus, taxi, or ferry. You can purchase a day card if you’re planning on taking the bus. Taxis can also pre-booked via phone call. For the ferry service, you can go to the Bahnhofbrücke pier behind the Hauptbahnhof. The ferries along the firth operate on weekdays until 6:00 p.m. (time varies) and until 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

How to get there

The nearest international airport to the region is in Hamburg – Hamburg Airport (known in German as Flughafen Hamburg). It is the fifth-busiest among all of Germany’s commercial airports, having 13,559,370 passengers and 158,076 aircraft movements in 2011. It serves as a base for Germanwings, Condor, TUIfly, and easyJet. It flies to and from numerous destinations including Athens, Dublin, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Vienna, Bristol, Brussels, Malta, Paris, and more. From the airport, the bus service Kielius runs between Hamburg airport and Kiel’s central bus station 36 times a day. You can also get in the region via bus, operated by Interglobus Reisen (located in the central bus station), which plies to and from Poland every day. There are also plenty of trains that run between Kiel, Hamburg-Altona, and Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. There are also regular connections to Schleswig, Husum, Schwerin, and Flensburg. Although there are plenty of services that ply from the central bus station to towns in Schleswig-Holstein, the train is often preferred. Lastly, you can also access the region via car or motorcycle since Kiel is connected with the rest of Germany via the A210 and A215, which merge with the A7 to Hamburg and beyond. Also, B4, B76, B404, B502, and B503 also converge here.

Flights to Schleswig-Holstein

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