The Volksbad is not for swimmers, but a cultural center with concerts and parties © Sophie Nagel
The Volksbad is not for swimmers, but a cultural center with concerts and parties© Sophie Nagel

If you love the wind and the sea, outdoor activities and the charm of a small city, there’s no better place to go than Flensburg in northern Germany near the Danish border. In this quaint town of red-brick houses on a green campus by the sea, studying will be a breeze!


Cross-border tourism with Denmark is very important to Flensburg’s economy. In fact, in 2008 the city installed bilingual street and place signs all over town, and Danish is taught as a second foreign language in school after English.

The architectural style in northern Germany is very different from that of Munich, for example. Especially along the east shore on Sankt-Jürgen-Strasse, you’ll see many small, Scandinavian-looking houses. And along the Wrangelstrasse, you’ll find a number of impressive 19th-century villas.


Northern Germany is frequently described as “flatland”, but there are several streets in Flensburg which are quite steep and will challenge even the hardiest biker. The road leading to the , for example, is pretty tough, but the view at the top is certainly worth the trouble.


Many young people spend their time there and in town. There are numerous shops and nice cafés in Flensburg which make the city even more attractive. The trend in Flensburg is to buy locally produced clothing, food and accessories. You can find many self-made articles for sale at certain shops in the city.

You should make an effort (i.e. wake up a little earlier!) to go to the weekly market held at the Südermarkt downtown every Wednesday and Saturday. Maybe a fresh-squeezed fruit juice will help you get through the day. Are you interested in cultural events? There’s a vibrant theatre scene in Flensburg with numerous performances at the and the .