Welcome to Schleswig-Holstein
Much of the peninsula’s interior is comprised of seemingly never-ending expanses of flat, green farmland interrupted only by wind farms and grazing black-and-white-splotched cows. But its coastline – and especially the North Frisian Islands off Schleswig-Holstein’s western coast – remain the country’s answer to the Côte d’Azur. Of course, the fickle northern European climate makes it a funny sort of answer, as cold winds and dark clouds periodically drive even the hardiest holidaymakers from their Strandkörbe (sheltered straw ‘beach basket’ seats).
Don't miss Lübeck, the magnificently preserved medieval headquarters of the Hanseatic League. Flensburg, too, is a lively harbour town
Schleswig-Holstein belonged to neighbouring Denmark until 1864 and you’ll find Scandinavian overtones throughout the region, particularly in Flensburg and Schleswig.