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6.3.16
  A Bit of Sunshine - The Flensburg Firth

The dreary weather between winter and spring has put me in a melancholical mood and makes me long for some real sunshine. So I checked my photos for some pretty pics.

Sailing boats on the Flensburg Firth

There, that's much better. A sunny spring afternoon I spent on a little tour on the Flensburg Firth - with a good Flensburg beer. :-)

The coast on the German side

The Flensburg Firth or Flensburger Förde, as it is called in German, is the westernmost Baltic Sea inlet on the Schleswig peninsula. It is actually not a firth (fjord) because it was not shaped by a glacier flowing into the sea, but by a landward moving glacier that pushed up material in front of it to form part of the peninsula. A Förde is also shallower than a firth.

Ox Islands on the Danish side

The Flensburg Firth is the border between Germany in the south and Denmark in the north today. Historically, the Schleswig peninsula was a contested area between Germany and Denmark for most of the time, and the border shifted accordingly.

The Flensburg Firth seen against the light

The length of the firth is 40 or 50 km, depending on the definition, since the inlet is divided in two parts by some islands. The little ship tour - actually a ferry connection that can also be booked as 3 hours round trip - only travels the inner firth to the Ox Islands / Sønderhav on the Danish side and the town of Glücksburg on the German side.

The quay and beach at Glücksburg

It had been a spontaneous idea, since I actually had come to Flensburg for the pretty houses in the old town, but it was one of the best ideas I had. The tour was absolutely lovely.

Naval Academy Mürwik

One of the more splendid sights of the tour is the Naval Academy Mürwick, the main training establishment for German Navy officers. It is situated on a small hill overlooking the firth. The main building is also know as the 'Red Castle' due to its colour and architecture.

The harbour of Flensburg with sailing boats coming in

The harbour of Flensburg is very pretty with marinas for sailing boats, a historical harbour, and some ferry terminals. Nothing big, and no huge freighter ships around. It was a quiet and sunny place that afternoon.

Flensburg, the historical harbour

I stayed in Flensburg to wait for the evening train back to Schleswig where my hotel was, and walked around the historical harbour and the old town in the evening sun.

Historical sailing ships

Göttingen is a pretty town, and the surrounding mountain areas of Harz, Solling and Meissner are beautiful, but I do miss the sea sometimes. At least I have the photos and the memories.

A quiet evening

And hopefully, my mood will soon improve and I'll be able to write the second post about the Hiddensee treasure which I have promised.

 
Comments:
Send some sunshine my way! Super pictures - just look at the colour of the water!
 
Dankeschön für den Hinweis bei mir auf diesen Post. Schöne Bilder mit einem interessanten Text dazu. Das viele Wasser erinnerte mich daran, dass ich auch wieder einmal einen Ausflug an die Ostsee machen sollte. Mein Weg zur See ist ja eher kurz. Da sollte man meinen, man kommt öfter einmal dahin. Aber bei dem gegenwärtigen Wetter braucht es ganz schön Überwindung, auch wenn es nur ein paar unbedeutende Kilometer sind. Daher herzlichen Dank für den sonnigen Ausblick auf die See, den ich nun erst einmal, ohne größeren Aufwand betreiben zu müssen, genießen konnte.
LG von der Silberdistel
 
Love the collection of images. Even if they are of my nemesis - water. Particularly love the image of Naval Academy Mürwik. It looks very imposing and military, sort of like our West Point. You always o to the coolest places!
 
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The Lost Fort is a travel journal and history blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history, as well as some geology, illustrated with photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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