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    Nationalpark Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer

    by der_geograf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Walkin' on water has never been so fun!

    If you're looking for a fun, educational tour with a twist, I suggest Nationalpark Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer, in Dagebüll, Schleswig-Holstein. Because of the tidal variation in the Wadden Sea, you can take a guided walking tour across the muddy tidal flats at low tide to the barrier island (hallig) of Oland, and learn all about the interesting characteristics of the sea life along the way.

    You then arrive at Oland, spend time on the island (which is VERY beautiful), while the tide comes in. You are then taken by boat to Schlüttsiel, and from there by bus to Dagebüll. Back in Dagebüll, you can then spend time on the beach from which you left--which had no water when you did!

    All in all, a VERY fascinating journey. You leave in the morning and return in the early afternoon.

    From my weblog: "Walkin' on water--I think Jesus had a more efficient way".

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    Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf Castle), Schleswig, S-H

    by der_geograf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Walk the same halls and staircases, and roam the same grounds as the Dukes of yesteryear!

    Gottorf Castle, in the town of Schleswig, has a neat collection of art, including portraits of many of the castle's previous residents. It includes a museum, grand interior architecture, and a chapel (within the building). There is also a filmstrip and, of course, a gift shop.

    After touring the castle, walk the grounds around it--it's a great summer morning walk!

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    Lübeck

    by Leipzig Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The first settlement is dated back to the year 819. This settlements was burned down by Slavs in 1138. Today's Lübeck was founded in 1143 as a merchant settlement on the Trave River. In 13th century Lübeck became a big merchant town and the centre of Baltic Sea Trade.
    Today, it has still an important harbour and is with its 215.000 inhabitants the second largest city of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Main attraction is the Holsten Gate.

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    Kiel-Holtenau

    by globetrott Updated Oct 21, 2007

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    Kiel-Holtenau is the name of the lock at the east-end of the Kielcanal / Nord-Ostsee-Kanal. This lock is 330 meters long and 45 meters wide.
    Unfortunately there is no really perfect place for the tourists to watch the ships, while they are in the docks. the best place is from the large bridge in a distace of 800 meters, but taking pics from there is not really good, except that you have a special lense.
    On my main picture : M/S Caronia of Cunard, the ship where I was working for more than 4 years, while it had the name M/S Vistafjord. Nowadays this ship has the name "Saga Rose"
    Click here for the Kiel-canal
    and "Liste der Traumschiffe" will show you the list
    of cruiseships going through the canal.
    Unfortunately this list is somtimes not correct !!!

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    Rendsburg

    by globetrott Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    Rendsburg is a large town almost in the middle of Kiel-Canal with many great houses and an interesting townhall, dating back to the 16th century and modernized in 1901. Nowadays only a few details date back to the beginning like the wooden door dating back to the year 1609 and showing the coat of arms of Rendsburg.
    between 10.00a.m. and 08.00p.m. you may hear the chimes with folk-music every 2 hours.
    Close to the townhall there is Sankt Marien Kirche, the protestant church dateing back to the year 1230.

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    Glueckstadt

    by globetrott Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    Glueckstadt is an interesting town in the west of Hamburg. The main sights are the townsquare and the protestant church with great paintings and lots of lovely halftimbered houses in the citycentre. There is an artificial waterway running through the village - see it on my 4th picture - that way the goods could be transported from the river Elbe directely to the stores and warehouses.Nowadays these canals are just a decoration without commercial purpose.

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    Brunsbuettel

    by globetrott Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    In Brunsbuettel you will find the giant locks of Kiel-Canal right in the middle of the village and there is also a special platform, where you can watch the cruiseships from quite a short distance, while they are passing through the locks. When coming from Hamburg you first have to get across the canal, park your car at the locks and walk about 5 minutes to get to the platform.
    webcams of Kielcanal
    List of the cruiseships of Kiel-Canal

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    Schulau: The Willkomm-Hoeft for all ships

    by globetrott Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    Schulau is a small village in the west of Hamburg and plenty of years ago a restaurant had started a service to greet all of the ships, when arriving at or leaving from the port of Hamburg.
    Willkomm-Hoeft is a great restaurant with an excellent view on all of the ships passing by and at its ship-station it will show the flags and play the national anthem of the home-port of the ships passing by and they will also announce a message of welcome or fare-well in german and in the language of the ship-registry. Of course plenty of local people will be there, when the biggest cruise-ship in the world is leaving Hamburg !
    On my pics : M/S Freedom of the Seas, the biggest cruiseship in the world in july 2006.
    In my last picture : M/S VISTAFJORD leaving the port of Hamburg in Schulau . This picture was taken by my mother on my very first day onboard in 1978, when I had just started to work as a diningroom-steward.
    Another attraction for tourists of all ages is the Buddelschiff - & Muschel-museum ( museum for bottle-ships and sea-shells). You will find this lovely museum in the basement of the "Schulauer Faehrhaus" and you can also click herewhen you like to order some lovely bottle-ships for your home !

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    Molfsee - a museum of old farmhouses

    by globetrott Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    Molfsee is a small village west of Kiel and there you will see a really interesting museum of old farmhouses, that were taken from many different villages in northern Germany and totally rebuilt again in that museum.
    Haubarg is one of the typical buildings, you will find them mainly on the Hallig islands, it is a type of building with a high roof, covering all of the building including the stables and living-quarters.
    The museum is open daily 9a.m. till 6p.m.
    from April 1st till October 31st
    From November 1st till March 31st it is
    open only on sundays 11am - 4pm
    (not all houses are open in winter!)
    entrance-fee is 6 euros p.p., 2,- for children
    and 13,- for families including all minor children

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    Kiel-Canal / Nord-Ostsee-Kanal

    by globetrott Written Oct 14, 2007

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    Kiel-Canal is called Nord-Ostsee-Kanal or Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal in Germany and it is an artificial waterway between Kiel at the Baltic Sea and Brunsbuettel at the Atlantic Ocean (or rather the river Elbe, that will flow into the Atlantic a few miles downstream of Brunsbuettel). The Canal is 98 km long and it combines some rivers and lakes by artificial canals, in order to help the ships to save a lot of fuel and time, avoiding the wide passage around Danmark.
    In 1887 this project was begun under Kaiser Wilhelm I and first this canal was also called "Kaiser-Willhelm-Kanal"
    Nowadays more than 41.000 ships are passing through this canal each year, that is more than an average of 112 per day that makes the canal the artificial waterway with the most trafic in the whole world. The largest ship I saw passing through had 54000 GRT and it had to take down the funnel a bit in order to be able to pass under the bridges.
    On my pics :
    4x M/S Caronia with 27.000 GRT - it is the ship, where I was working on for 4 years, its name was "M/S Vistfajord" at that time and nowadays it is called "M/S Saga Ruby"
    and on my 1st pic : "M/S Norwegian Dream" with about 54.000 GRT

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    Friedrichstadt - dutch houses in northern Germany

    by globetrott Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    Friedrichstadt is an interesting village in the north-west of Germany and when you get there you will have the feeling to be in the Netherlands. In the 17th century the Count of this district had the idea to let refugees from the Netherlands settle here and build some sort of a "Dutch Colony" including artificial canals and houses in dutch style.
    Take a look at my last picture : Such "leaning houses" are no mis-constructions. It was rather made that way in order to be able to transport goods to the upper levels with the help of a crane fixed on top.The things were finally taken in through the windows.

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    Visit the town of Husum

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    Husum is the major city in North Fresiland and was described by its best know and favorite son, author Theodor Storm, as the "the gray town by the sea". This place has a very charming harbor and the way most people get to the beautiful and popular North Frisian Islands. This place was part of Denmark until around last Tuesday so much of its history has that boarder land experience.

    Yes like any proper German town this has its castle quite a nice one built in the mid 1500dreds and it was the home of the duke of Holstein (yes like the cow). The Museum of the Theodor Storm is worth seeing as well as the Maritime Museum.

    I just enjoyed walking the cobble stone streets of the gray town by the sea and hanging around the harbor. This town is wonderful for fresh fish I lined up at a fish shop/restaurant as the fish came off the boat for a Frisian fish sandwich.

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    North Frisian Institute (Nordfriisk Instituut)

    by Ekahau Written Jun 24, 2007

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    Now this is a really great place to start exploring North Friesland it has real experts on the subject that work here and are really helpful.

    North Frisian Institute, was started in the mid 1960's in Bredstedt as a place to study Frisian culture, people and language. The have lots of cool stuff including about 20,000 books. They often have lectures and experts talking on Friesland. But most importantly the staff seems really helpful and spent many hour with this VT helping me understand the History culture and language of Nordfriesland. Germany. I learned for example that my name Paul is very common as a Family Frisian name Pay (Paul) or Paysen (Paul's son) .

    Most Americans do not know that the earliest people leaving what is now Germany for the new world were Frisian - This early North Frisian immigration to the new world was sort of invisible because everyone calls them Dutch but the truth is seamen from North Frisia came on dutch vessels to New Amsterdam now New York.

    The North Frisian Institute started an immigration Archive in the mid 1990s and cover 400 years of this sailing culture. Thousand of Frisians immigrated to North America and the archive has information on the family's of about 5,000 to 6,000and they will help you find your family if you are into genealogy.

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    Nordfriesisches Museum Nissenhaus

    by Ekahau Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    One place to learn more about the Frisian people their language and culture is at the Nissenhaus, this also happens to be one of the biggest museum in this part of Germany. Nissenhaus is really a most see of you want to see the Art and culture of Northwestern Germany. I loved the North Frisian coastal landscape and the culture of its inhabitants are presented very nicley in the sort of organized German way with lots of details. If you want to understand the history of the Wadden Sea, building of the dikes, the international boarder changes, how the dutch, German, Frisian, Danish all mixed it up over the centuries.

    Opening times:
    April - October, daily from 10 am to 5 pm
    November - March, daily from 10 am to 4 pm.
    Closed Saturdays and Mondays

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    Kiel Canal

    by bambino36 Written Dec 17, 2005

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    The Kiel canal is one of the world`s most busiest artificial waterways. It has almost 100Km long from Brunsbüttel to Kiel-Holtenau and links the North Sea with the Baltic, and thus avoiding 250 nautical miles around Denmark.
    I crossed the Kiel canal for three times and everytime I get amazed by the scenery... especially if it is a sunny day like it was the last time

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