The castle of Glückburg is only a few kilometers away from Flensburg. It looks beautiful in pictures and guide books, photo taken in bright sunshine of course. It looked a little sad in the beginning of December, so I have to come back in summer to write a proper tip. Huge lake and park around the castle, and you can go inside in summer.
Aparently, this castle is home of many royal families in Europe, the English, the Danish, the Norwegian...
In the town of Glücksburg you also find the largest yachting school in Europe. Perfect water sports conditions.
" FLENSBURG - FACTS "
Flensburg was founded in the 13th century, by Danish settlers, at the innermost tip of the Flensburg Fjord. The City began to rise after the decline of the Hanseatic League and between 1460 and 1864 it was the second biggest port in the Kingdom of Denmark.
In the Second war of Schleswig in 1864 the City was captured by Prussia and after World War I, the League of Nations decided that the matter of the German-Danish border would be settled by a vote – and Flensburg voted with a great majority to stay in Germany. However, there is still a large Danish community living in Flensburg.
In World War II the town remained virtually undamaged. Admiral Karl Dönitz fled here in 1945 to escape the Allied troops. The remnants of the German government continued to operate what the Allies referred to as the Flensburg government after the fall of Berlin (May 2, 1945), and even after the surrender of Germany, until being shut down on May 23.
In the years after the Second World War, there was in Flensburg a strong pro-Danish movement and their goal was to be united with Denmark (but it never happened). In the years following 1945, Flensburg's town council was dominated by Danish parties, and the town had a Danish mayor.
Today, with its 85000 inhabitants, modern Flensburg is the Trade-, Commerce- and Service- Metropolis of the German-Danish EU region called „Schleswig/Sønderjylland“. The City’s future orientates towards shipbuilding, telecommunications, cooling technique, pharmaceuticals, mail order trading and an aspiring campus with a university and an applied sciences college.
" MY VISIT "
During my childhood, I visited Flensburg several times, but didn’t see much of the City. It was very popular among the Danes (especially in Jutland) to drive south of the border to the duty-free shops and buy spirits, beer, soda, candy and sugar – all at much cheaper prices than in Denmark. At least once every year my family also started the car and drove the 200 kilometres each way to make a good bargain, so my first ‘things to do’ in Flensburg were duty-free shops…
I don’t know how common it is today, but don’t think the bargains are as great as they once were.
My latest visit to Flensburg was in February 2006, and then I had the opportunity to see a little more of the City. It’s a beautiful and cosy City, especially the old town and at the harbour front. You must also visit one of the many ‘Bierstube’ where you can taste the German Beer.