Yesterday was a day of travel. We were on our way to Ribe, Denmark from Amsterdam by way of Flensburg Germany. We kept the car and drove. Maybe, not the best travel decision as we consumed a full day driving, often stuck in traffic around Bremen and Hamburg. Even so, I like being able see things that you would never see from the air, and only a glimpse while on a train.
We skirted Hamburg, and took the autobahn under the Elbe River, and near
the massive Hamburg Harbor. As former residents of Seattle, we know harbors, and this one makes Seattle’s tiny in comparison. It makes me wonder just how large the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands really is, as it is supposed to be the largest port in the world.
Visiting Flensburg Germany
We arrived in Flensburg Germany around 6 in the evening, unfortunately, quite a bit
later than I had planned, and were only able to see a very small portion of the city after checking into our hotel Dittmer’s Gasthof. But, from what we were able to see, we know that we want to return to explore the city and surroundings of this city by the sea.
While wandering around Flensburg, we found our way to the pedestrian zone, and were greeted by an old time organ grinder. No monkey, I’m afraid. That was a bit of a disappointment.
We sat down to dinner in a small beer garden, where I was treated to something that I had never had before, Wild Boar with sauerkraut. Delicious! Jodi stuck with more traditional fare of Wiener Schnitzel which she proclaimed as very tasty.
After dining, we had time to join the others strolling around town, and explored a bit more. We wound out way through narrow cobbled streets, enchanted by the old half-timbered houses that flanked the narrow lanes.
On one particularly interesting side lane we could her a woman’s voice that sounded a bit strange. Jodi mentioned that it was a bit freaky. As it turns, out we had unknowingly wandered into Flensburgs very small red light district. My German isn’t very good, maybe we were being propositioned by her?
Places to Stay in Flensburg Germany
As mentioned earlier, we were only in Flensburg for one night so we don’t
have a lot of recommendations. That being said, we stayed at Dittmer’s Gasthof and found it to be a perfectly clean and respectable place to hang for a night. About all you can say about it is that it’s a small, but nice hotel in Flensburg. Good beds, nice bathroom, clean, and good breakfast. Free wireless internet is provided. Also free parking. And, that pretty much sums it up. Not very inspiring, but you don’t need much more than that for a night.
2014 Update: There has been an extensive remodel a couple of years ago that is complete. The whole place appears more spacious, has a bar now and the breakfast rooms are bigger.
Things to Do In and Around Flensburg Germany
Museumshafen: This was very much a warfarin town as would be expected, they have museums to celebrate that heritage. Here you will find about 30 traditional vessels and the “Alexandra”, the only seaworthy saloon steamer in Germany, along the quay. Coastal cruises and other special trips are also offered.
Hansen’s Brauerei: Check out Hansen’s for some hearty German fare homemade meatballs, roast pork, herring, you get the idea. You can find the brewery on the waterfront. They have a wide range of beers. You’ll also find some great seasonal choices, too. All of this is served amid the breweries copper boilers, and is, without a doubt, the best choice by the water.
Our plans are to stop in here again in the future, so that we can see some of the other sights. We understand that there is an attractive and interesting white castle out of town that is worth the visit. Let us know if there is anything else that you find there.