Schleswig-Holstein occupies the north-west of Germany, stretching towards Denmark. This region is clearly divided by three different types of terrain. The eastern side is made up of high cliffs and fjords offering up sheer drops towards the Baltic Sea, whilst the western side is flat and marshy and lies exposed to the North Sea. In between these two vastly different areas, you will find the countryside which is full of hills, lakes, and rich soil.
Whilst landlocked regions of the country are distinctly German, Schleswig-Holstein is almost Nordic in its atmosphere and way of life. This is because it was ruled by the Danish until the nineteenth century, when German independence was suddenly called for. Now, Schleswig-Holstein is a calm, beachy holiday destination for any visitor looking to relax. The gorgeous Baltic coast attracts artists looking to admire the windswept sea and skyscapes, whilst the main cities of Hamburg and Lubeck hold the rich culture and medieval heritage of the region.
For those savvy travellers looking to save on accommodation, Hamburg offers up a wide selection of hostels to choose from, at a much cheaper price than any in Lubeck. The city is renowned for its busy, exciting restlessness and its art galleries, theatres and canals. Stay throughout the summer months, when the weather is warm and the city gets busy, or reduce the cost of a hostel room, and come in the autumn.
You could also stay in Kiel, a less popular city in Schleswig-Holstein. Whilst it is not as pretty as Lubeck and Hamburg, Kiel has a strong history in sailing, and was established as an imperial war-port in 1871. This busy town holds a sailing regatta in late June called Kieler Woche, and is best viewed from the water, on the Kieler Ford or the canals. Although hostel choices are limited in Kiel, the prices are fair, as it is a industrial, hard working town filled with similar minded people.
If you are looking for an independent region that offers up a diverse range of landscape, atmosphere, and price to choose from, then Schleswig-Holstein is a region worth the visit. The hostels found in the northwest of Germany can be beautiful and inexpensive places to stay, just make sure that you find one that fits in with the adventure you want to have.
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I spent a short weekend in Kiel with a friend and we were surprised at what a pleasant town it is. All the red brick buildings in the old town: looking very sturdy and sober. And then you come to the Harbour and - hey, what a nice and modern breeze! I loved it. Nice beaches nearby and great paths for bicycling.
I recently visited your beautiful, peaceful city, and honestly didn't want to leave. It reminds me somewhat where I live in Seattle Washington, with the water all around. And Flensburg has such an interesting, and very old history. Right on the border with Denmark, it has the Danish neatness, and beauty. I will come …