The northern border the region Schleswig of Germany Around the small city of Flensburg, which was known after Hitler's death until the transfer of the German armed forces in 1945 for a whole week as the final seat of Nazi Germany, it is today in the air. Today, many Danes call Flensburg their home, though the city is not part of the city Denmark since 1864. Although Flensburg has decided to remain part of Germany, even though he has been given the option, Danes and Germans living in the region have a very friendly relationship.
Spend some time to experience Flensburg and you will surely experience something similar with this encounter: A Dane walking through the shopping mall in the city center enters a shop and walks towards a worker. The shop worker greets the Danish in partially broken Danish. The man replies in German, and the conversation continues until the man leaves with a packet safe role, an acid sausage that is popular in the area. Both are polite and at the same time show that they are respectful enough to have learned the language of each other's country.
Border cities are simply the best for travelers who are not punctual or undecided. They offer the best food, drink and cultural traditions of each country in one. Flensburg is one of the best cities in Northern Europe, perfect for a weekend trip to other countries. The city has about 100,000 inhabitants and there is much to do without it being too big. Time will go by, even if you choose to see a majority of people in one of the many cafes in the city center. Just be prepared for the language barrier. While there is a high likelihood that the tables around you speak Danish and German, you probably will not hear much English. Just take a cue from the locals and enjoy the networking of cultures. Instead, communicate through friendly gestures, shared meals, and beer mugs.
Start with a historic walk through the shopping district.
The shopping district is the best place to see the cultural fusion that still permeates the area. In Nordermarkt, on the edge of the mile, the locals gather in cafes near the harbor. Danish fashion can be seen in galleries alongside German markets and butchers as well as tourists from all over Europe and beyond. The bars fill up in the early evening. In summer, live music and events take place regularly in the harbor.
Make full use of the area by completing your walk at the port of the marina, where you will find hundreds of boats and large ships. The port was the site of early interaction between the town's Danish settlers who founded the city around 1200 AD and the German merchants who traveled north. In the past, fishermen were looking for herring in the region, and Flensburg quickly became a popular trading port. So popular that it was the second largest port in Denmark until the mid-19th century. This mix of trade has further aggravated the mix of Danish and German cultures. Even today Flensburg schools teach German and Danish.
Experience the mixed culture in the restaurants and pubs of the city.
It's no secret that you can find the best food in border towns. It does not matter if this is the boundary between Mexico and the USA, Italy and France or Thailand and Cambodia. This also applies to Denmark and Germany.
The acquaintance of the restaurant owners with both cultures is well represented in the gastronomic scene of the city. Many restaurants here are fusion-centric and are gaining influence from both countries. This makes some fun menus and can also make ordering food an interesting and amusing experience. They love theirs black except, a kind of blood soup and Rutabaga stew. Those with a sweet tooth should give it a try Red fruit jelly, a Danish fruit dish, served with cream. The local restaurants in Flensburg are known for serving large portions.
Borsenkeller: A favorite restaurant among Danes and a place where you can enjoy a real German meal with Flensburger Pilsener beer. The restaurant is located on the shopping street and feels a bit like a basement with rustic, traditional decor. Order meat and potatoes. When you sit back and wait for dinner, try to find out who is speaking in your language around you. Chances are that it will be split in the middle.
Hansen's Brewery: Right by the harbor you will find Hansen's brewery, The restaurant prepares its own local beer. The dining area is right next to the brewery so you can watch the process while having dinner. This is a real choice for anglers, where you can find German steaks as well as Scandinavian fish dishes like fried herring fried potatoes (sliced potatoes), both of which combine well with locally brewed beer.
Hinkelstein: A restaurant where you feel welcome as soon as you enter the door. It serves regional dishes with seasonal specialties, including Oktoberfest food Kale (Kale) in winter – Hinkelstein has built a loyal following on both sides of the border. Judging by how many customers the waiters seem to know personally, it is clear that Hinkelstein has its regulars. If you visit several times during your trip, you will probably remember your order.
Flensburg brewery: You will hear that the locals order in almost every drinking establishment in the city of Flens. Flensburg Pilsener is what they demand. If the locals are proud, it's this beer. Visit the Flensburger Braueri, if you spend a few days in the city. It's a popular stop. Book your visit in advance.
Other ways to see the city
Explore the past and learn more about how Flensburg is becoming a mix of Danish and German culture at the Maritime Museum, Here you can learn about the maritime history of the Schleswig region from a Danish perspective right on the harbor. Since the harbor is the heart of the city, the museum gives you the old Flensburg life, as fishing and regional trade drove the economy. In 1412, Queen Margaret I of Denmark died on a ship in the harbor, a strange call you probably hear on a trip to the museum. The interactive exhibits focus on the underwater world of the region and are especially fun when traveling with children.
If you are in town on vacation, visit the annual Christmas Market. Germany is known for it, and Flensburg is no exception. At this time of year there is no shortage mulled wine (German version of mulled wine), waffles and German sausages, and the atmosphere is cozy and warm. Take care when drinking mulled wine as it is much stronger than it tastes. The market is visited by Danes and Germans from and outside Flensburg, as well as by tourists visiting the area.
No matter how you explore Flensburg, whether through food or history, it's a border town you do not want to miss.
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