7 reasons, why life in North Germany is good

Every now and then, the small place in Schleswig Holstein where I live,seems a bit boring and unexciting. When I look at fotos or read about exciting cities like New York or Sidney, or far away countries like South Africa or Canada, life here seems unspectacular. But,  in order to have a happy life it is important to focus on the good things that are given to you, rather than on the ones that are out of reach.

So, here are some of the reasons why Schleswig-Holstein, the most northern German federal state, is a great place to live in:

  • On hot summer days you can choose whether you want a bath in the North Sea or the Baltic Sea, both are just about an hours drive away.

Summer at the Baltic coast  near Kiel

North Sea coast at Friedrichskoog in Winter

North Sea coast at Friedrichskoog in Winter

  • There are plenty of elegant castles and manor houses in North Germany, too, even though for the fairy tale castles you will have to go further South.
Castle in Plön
Castle in Plön
Castle in Eutin
Castle in Eutin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Between April and October you will find a fleamarket, a fair or festival within 40 kilometers of where you live any time. On Saturday there will be a wine festival with bands playing in the streets and wine being sold at every corner in Itzehoe. There are even free busses to make sure people don’t drive drunk.
Flower festival in Kellinghusen
Flower festival in Kellinghusen
  • There are some very beautiful and interesting towns in North Germany, like Lübeck, Wismar, Rostock, Schleswig and of course, Hamburg and  if you are staying in or near one of them you can reach the others within one to two hours.
  • You don’t need to be terribly fit to enjoy exercising outside: North Germany is flat and there are a lot of bicycle paths and small lanes where you can cycle or go on inline skates without any hills or mountains to struggle with.
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  • If you like to get a good look at ships you can always take a trip to the Kiel Canal and watch them sailing past just a few meters away from you. Sometimes you are lucky as we were just a few weeks ago and see a special ship, This very luxerious yacht had just left the shipyard Blohm & Voss and was on its first trip. It was escorted by a helicopter and we were all wondering who that ship belongs to.

So elegant

  • People trust each other: on many roads you will find small stalls where you can buy fresh potatoes, flowers eggs or vegetables fresh from the farm, you pay by putting the money into a box or into the letterbox, P1020071P1020073

 

 

 

 

 

There are some other things that make life her good: the air is usually fresh and crisp, as you are close to the sea. It is not as crowded as in some other parts of Germany, life is relaxed, people are friendly and unpretentious,and there are many more small places all over that I will show you.

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