High up in the north of Germany, on the border with Denmark, lies the self-proclaimed “most beautiful federal state in the world”: Schleswig-Holstein, hemmed in by the rough North Sea on one side and the gentler Baltic Sea on the other. The green land between the coasts is flat and fertile. The wind here is simply everywhere, sometimes just a little bit, a gentle breeze, sometimes a fresh gust and often a full-on storm. The wind ensures that it never gets too warm and is ideal for taking a deep breath and clearing your head. The mild climate invites you to be active outdoors: Whether it’s kiting, surfing, stand-up paddling or cycling – Schleswig-Holstein is the perfect place for an action-packed holiday at any time of year. The right balance can be found in relaxation and wellness, forest bathing and hiking in the green wilderness of the inland region between the coasts.
For those who crave spiritual input, a visit to our historic castles, the ancient Viking trading centre of Haithabu or the Lübeck Hanse Museum, where the history of the country comes alive, is highly recommended. The large and small towns on the coast and inland also score top marks with maritime flair and unusual shopping opportunities in craft workshops and traditional cottage industries. World-class cultural events and colourful festivals and celebrations open up the opportunity to get to know the country and its people. Of course, this also includes sampling regional food and drinks: This is because, even though Schleswig-Holstein is a comparatively small federal state, the production of high-quality and fairly produced food is writ large. Schleswig-Holstein is a down-to-earth, accessible and eventful holiday destination that offers the right mix for young people and those young at heart, for families and friends, for couples and for individualists.
Language and dialect
The most important language in Schleswig-Holstein is German, which is usually also easy to understand in this part of Germany. English is also spoken, especially in hotels or the many eateries on offer. The further north you go, the more the Danish language establishes its presence. On the North Sea coast, some people still speak Low German, a dialect of German that has become rare and to which a small theatre in Kiel has dedicated itself. The friendly greeting “Moin!” is very widespread in Schleswig-Holstein. Since it has the meaning of “pleasant” or “nice”, and does not mean “Good morning!”, you can use “Moin!” in any situation and at any time of the day or night.
Currency and means of payment
In Schleswig-Holstein, you pay with euros (EUR). It is also common to pay with a credit card in larger supermarkets, restaurants and hotels for sums of about EUR 10 or more. However, if you go off the beaten track or visit small owner-operated shops, markets and bistros, you should first find out whether your means of payment is accepted. Especially when using pay machines such as in car parks, it is advisable to have a few coins with you! International financial institutions are easily accessible throughout the country, so that you can access your money around the clock if necessary.
The climate in Schleswig-Holstein is temperate. In winter, temperatures drop below freezing every now and then. When it snows, children are especially happy because it doesn’t happen that often. In spring and autumn, temperatures can rise up to 20 degrees Celcius and sun and rain alternate. Summer can also bring hot days with lots of sun. As there is always a fresh wind blowing, it is advisable to pack a hat at all times of the year. The occasional rain shower is just as refreshing, so weatherproof shoes and a rain jacket should always be part of your holiday wardrobe.
In Germany, Central European Time (CET) applies.
There is a wide range of accommodation on offer in Schleswig-Holstein. From classic hotels to youth hostels and holiday apartments, holiday homes, SPA resorts, camping and “glamping” – every guest should find their personal place of well-being. A few communities also offer an overnight stay in a sleeping beach chair.
For general questions about entering Germany, you can find extensive information on the pages of the Federal Foreign Office.