Thursday, 1 June 2006

Flensburg and Surrounds

I here bring some more picture from South Slesvig, this time mostly from Germany's northernmost major city, Flensborg (Flensburg in german)

View across Flensborg Fjord from the pier in Flensborg Harbour. The church that can be seen here is St. Jørgen's Church.

This picture was taken from almost the exact same spot as the one above. It shows some of the beautiful, old sail ships that can often be found docked in Flensborg. Traditionally the harbour played a very big role in Flensborg's economy.

One of the old timber frame houses on the harbour front, now a restaurant. It is an old house and it shows - the roof of the house is tilting to the right. Notice the many regional and maritime flags outside - and also the flag to the right showing clearly that the World Cup fever has reached even this city in the Periphery of Germany.

Some wonderful apartment buildings in Toosbüystrasse, that probably used to belong to the wealthy bourgeousi of the city, possibly already in the Danish days? Flensborg was part of the Danish Kingdom untill 1864 and still today it houses a very large Danish minority. The Danish party SSW usually gets about 25% of votes at local elections.

A view down the main street, where only light motorised traffic is allowed. It is mostly the domain of pedestrians.

On the way to Flensborg you pass numerous amazing rape fields such as this huge one. Notice that what appears to be just another little patch of yellow behind the centrally located tree is in fact another gigantic field situated lower than the field in the front. If you click to enlarge, this should become clear to see.

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