A very special city tour - tracing the steps of the old captains returning form a trip to the caribbean and runnng their errands at home in Flensburg before going on their next journey.
Throughout the city important 14 landmarks - important for the 17 century captain Käptn Petersen- are linked and described in a little booklet, and walking this Kapitänsweg you feel like a sailor yourself, just returning from sunny islands far away...
Unload your ship, look after the customs regulations, repair your ship and equipment, buy food for your next journey, hire sailors and have a drink with your friends. rum of course.
You can buy a brochure with the full story at the tourist office and maritime museum, or check this little map and rough explanations on http://www.ostsee.de/flensburg/
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.
I just love cities built by the water, and Flensburg has its water right in its heart. It's called the Förde and is something like a natural canal running for a few miles to the Baltic Sea.
There are no big ships in the city center harbour area, just some old museum ships (like the Marie in the picture), small yachts, rowing boats and some boats doing excursions around the Förde for tourists (I'll do it during my next visit).
The people of Flensburg were a great seafaring people, very prosperous for many centuries. And with their trips to the caribbean they brought the rum to Germany (and to Denmark and to other places..).
Today there are still some shipbuilding and repairing companies, but only few of the inhabitants of the city are seafarers. But they live with the sea, and it's only a few kilometers to some great beaches - not sunny caribbean style, but rough and lonely and great for flying kites!