The coming weekend, 17th to 19th of August, it’s time for the biennial Flensburg Nautics – a celebration of the city’s maritime history. There will be big sail boats visiting and a lot of things going on.
Some of the big ships that are scheduled to visit are:
You can even get on a sail boat yourself to experience first hand the historical activities on a traditional ship. There are short trips (1-2 hours) and long trips available (6 hours). Booking can be done from the page here.
On the harbour you can go see traditional crafts like rope makers, net weavers and carpenters and by some of them you can take part in them their craft. There will be all sorts of foods and drinks you can try. Plus live music from a couple of stages.
Friday the 17th August there will be a ‘parade’ as all the ships arrive and on Sunday around 3pm-4pm they will all leave again in another parade.
Friday night at 11pm there will be a 30-minute fireworks display, which you can enjoy good views of from all around the port.
From what I can tell from the website it might be even bigger than the Rum Regatta we went to earlier this year and that was a great experience.
Every month we look at what is going on on this side of the Danish-German border. However, as well explained by the Sonderborg 2017 European Capital of Culture bid, there is a commonality between the two regions, and a need for all of us to work together if we want to succeed. So we decided to take a peek at some of the major events going on south of the border in August.
A good source of information for events going on in Schleswig-Holstein is the region’s own webpage. Although the website also has an English translation, we couldn’t find the events calendar in English. However, there are ample tools out there to help you translate the text and held you decided which events you want to travel for. This is what caught our eye:
Husum Harbour Days: Starting today, Husum is celebrating its connection to the sea with 5 days of activities around the harbour.
Busum kutterregatta: More sea-connected activities as shrimp boats compete for the ‘Blaue Band’ in this 2-day regatta (4-5 August)
Gottorf Castle celebrated its gardnes , especially the newly restored baroque ones on the 11th of August
Flensburg Nautics: Enjoy tall ships, gaff ships and yachts just across the border on the 17-19 August.
Lubeck Museum Night: Enjoy late night museum opening on the 25th of August (just after Sonderborg’s Culture night on the 24th)
So if you haven’t ventured south of the border during these holidays, what are your waiting for?