Known for its friendly inhabitants and welcoming atmosphere, Flensburg is Germany’s northernmost town and is often referred to as the gateway to Scandinavia due to its close proximity to the Danish border. In fact, the town has a particularly Danish feel as a consequence, with both German and Danish being widely spoken. Flensburg boasts a wealth of attractions, including museums, churches and theatres, along with an extensive selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, making the town a popular destination for German and foreign tourists alike. Sporting enthusiasts will also feel right at home, thanks to the town’s abundance of sailing clubs and over 200km of cycle and footpaths.
Although Flensburg is relatively compact and can be travelled around on foot, opting for a medium-sized vehicle is advisable, particularly for those travelling to Flensburg via Hamburg
Driving in Flensburg
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Important things to note
Flensburg is located within close proximity to one of Germany’s main highways, the E45, which makes travel to and from the city relatively straightforward.
The E45 crosses the border northwards into Denmark, but if you have a valid passport, driving there won’t be an issue.
One of Flensburg’s biggest issues is a lack of free parking close to the town centre. While there are a number of car parks in and around the town, most require a small fee for use.
Highlights & Hotspots
Situated on the top of a hill in the heart of Flensburg, the Museumsberg Flensburg is the largest museum in Schleswig Holstein. Founded in 1876, the museum showcases historical artefacts from the local area along with works of art by various German artists. The museum has a children’s area.
Also worth visiting is Glücksburg Castle, located just outside of the town on the Flensburg Fjord. One of the most important castles in the North of Germany and indeed Europe, Schloss Glücksburg was once inhabited by Danish kings, however is now a museum open to the public.
Visitors can gain an insight into the fascinating history of this grand building through various displays and an audio tour if desired. The castle is accompanied by stunning grounds including a lake, along with a small souvenir shop and café.
With an array of small shops lining the town’s main street, along with a modern shopping mall hosting big name brands, Flensburg is a shopping lover’s paradise and pulls in visitors from across the border for this very reason alone.
Flensburg does have its own small airport, however it does not offer any commercial flights. Visitors are therefore advised to use Hamburg Airport, which is situated approximately 115km away from Flensburg.
The airport offers flights throughout Europe and further afield and will take around two hours to reach by car via the E45 motorway.