Schleswig-Flensburg, County

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The landscape Angeln on the one side and the town Schleswig on the other side, are rather different parts of this district. Driving through idylic and picturesque medows and fields framed by "Knicks", one arrives in the town Schleswig at the "Schlei". Its really the most historical place in the whole of Schleswig-Holstein:

(What is a "Knick"? - This form of protecting the ground is typical for Schleswig-Holstein. Our State is lying between two seas and has mostly very windy weather. These winds often bring rain, but still: If they could blow over the unprotected ground, it would dry out the earth in a very short time. The following the wind would blow away the fertile crumb into the East-Sea (Baltic-Sea) or North-Sea when the eastwind is blowing. The Knick-system in our land was built during centuries. All fields and farmlands got an earth wall around, on which little trees and bushes are grown. Now the wind is not longer able to dry out the earth. The other bad side, today is: This system hinders the modern farming machines to work economically. But if made the "Knicks" flat, our land would become a desert in a few years!! - And: Without the "Knick-landscape", Schleswig-Holstein would be not Schleswig-Holstein any longer!!)

Back to the town Schleswig: At the end of the Schlei - a flat firth - where now the town Schleswig is, the vikings had established the trading place Heithabu during the middleage (In a new museum, which is architecturally adapted to the landscape the newest findings are presented.) The "Landesmuseum" = Statesmuseum in "Schloss Gottorf" in Schleswig accommodates an over= whelming collection from the prehistory and early history to the youngest present (moor corpses, Nydam-Boot = a viking boot, which was found near the danish place Nydam). In front of the town Schleswig, near the village Idstedt, the armys of the Germans and Dans crossed swords in the 19. century. (The rest of the Danewerk, a defence wall, which protected the southern border of the kingdom of Denmark, you can find in the south and southwest of the former dukedom Schleswig.) Still today the mighty dom dominates the silouette of the city of Schleswig, even if in the middle of the seventies the disputed, modern roundshaped Wikingturm (a residental building in form of a high tower) was build. Historical terrain one can reach again near Oeversee, in front of the city Flensburg. Here the danish army tried in 1864 again to stand against the austrian army, before they were defeated by the prussian superiority at the town Düppel in Northern Schleswig (since 1920 again Denmark). Only a short route away from Oeversee the Akademie Sankelmark is build - surrounded by romantically wood and water . Insiders name this this Akademie "das Tutzingen des Nordens", following the tradition of the conference place Tutzingen between München and the lake Starnberg - but it is a miniaturize Tutzingen!! Farming also plays a very important part in this district , above all of course in the landscape Angeln. The little towns Süderbrarup and Satrup are the central places. In the town Böklund a interweaving between farming and food industry is built in a successful wise. But for the farmers surviving is only possible, if they do rationalize or make their farms bigger. The number of the farms halfed from 1960 (9000) to 1988 (4500)! - The tourism hasn't got the outstanding importance it has at the Westküste = west coast, but all the same the old fishing villages Maasholm and Missunde, particulary the Ostseebad (water place) Glücksburg, are jewels for everybody, who looks for recovery a bit out of the way of the hustle and bustle.

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