Rendsburg-Eckernförde, County

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It emerged from the district of Bordesholm, which was dissolved in 1932, and the districts Plön and of course Rendsburg and Eckernförde. The district Rendsburg-Eckernförde was formed in 1970. With 2186 sqarekilometres it is the biggest district in Schleswig-Holstein and also one of the biggest in the whole Federal Republik of Germany.

The district is in the heart (middle) of Schleswig-Holstein, half way between the big city of Hamburg and the danish border in the north. A striking sign is the "Nord-Ostsee-Kanal" (Kiel- Channel). Most of the channel (98,7 kilometres) are in the district area of Rendsburg-Eckernförde (namely 70 kilometres) ! The channel (it was build at the end of the 19. century) was a big economic push for the district, because in they could build a real "sea-harbour in the middle of the land" in Rendsburg. (This is the reason, why there is a big sea-ship-yard the "Kröger-Werft"in Rendsburg !) - Rendsburg is the central location of the mainly rural structured district, it has favourable traffic-contacts by streets, as well as by railway and water transportation routes. Rendsburg-Eckernförde has also the charming landscape of the "Hüttener-Berge" (Hütten-hills) as well as a 55 kilometres long part of coast of the "Ostsee" (Baltic-Sea).

What had to be done with the new shield of the new district after its building in 1970 ?? - Should the new shield have all the symboles of all former district parts, as it was done in the district "Ostholstein" (East-Holstein)?? - The final solution "took one step more": Both symbols, the lions of Schleswig and the nettle-leave of Holstein unite all the parts of this new district.

(Rendsburg and Eckernförde were parts of Schleswig in the past and the former districts Bordesholm and Plön were in the past parts of Holstein!) The diagonal wave line between both symbols (lions in the upper/left and nettle leave lower/right) is a symbol for the water as a fundamental character of this district:

It is a hint towards the water of the "Ostsee" (Baltic-Sea), the Eider- River and especially the "Nord-Ostsee-Kanal" (Kiel-Channel), which leads through the district area . (You can see the difference between the lions of Schleswig and the lions of Schleswig-Holstein this way : Both lions of Schleswig look to the left, like the three lions of the danish house of kings also do today! - The two lions in the shield of Schleswig-Holstein looks to the right , as a display of unity of both parts of Schleswig-Holstein!)

The squirrel, which in the former shield of the former district of Eckernförde, jumped over blue and silver waves, is a victim of the "Gebietsreform" (reformation of the district areas) of 1970! A little legend I heard in my school days: The squirrel of the former district shield of Eckernförde was a symbol for the big woods, which in the far past stood on the land between the Kiel-Firth and the Bay of Eckernförde. A squirrel could have gone by tree all the time in that area.

And lastly: The name of this area is today "Dänischer Wohld" and the name of a village in this area is "Dänischenhagen".

This shows us two things:

  1. This area was Danish in the past, because it was a part of Schleswig.
  2. The name "Wohld" = "Wald" = "woods" show that the past a primeval forest was in this part of Schleswig-Holstein.
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