Travel across Germany. Let`s go to Flensburg?
Allow to be curious how many umbrellas at your place, dear reader? Two, three, five? Well, five - it is already solid, with such stock it is quite possible to go to our today`s travel. I offer you now quickly, from Berlin of all hour for four by train, “to reach the Danish border“ and to see the earth Shlezvig - Holstein, namely - the city of Flensburg . There will be time - will visit also vicinities.
Before departure we will learn one simple welcome speech: “ìîèí“. Or it is possible “moin - moin“. Slightly distorted “Morgen“. “ìîèí“ safely we say it in all circumstances from morning to late evening, and nothing that already the moon and stars in the sky. “Moin“ - and all here.
Flensburg, the German “Far North“, remote place, the German Chukotka if to trust kindly - to ironic responses of inhabitants of Bavaria and Prussia and numerous jokes and jokes. But all this snobbery of rich lands and “show off of capital features“. Certainly, ordinary stereotypes - not for us, so?
This earth - the unique landscape reserve, and Flensburg with neighboring heathlands and bogs, both the Flensburgsky fjord, and the island Zyult lying nearby. The cultural center of the small people - northern friezes, the city of many famous people - the artist Emil Nolde, the founder Yugendstil of Hans Kristianssen, the Nobel laureate Theodor Mommsen, the count Otto von Bismarck.
Flensburg - one of the rare cities of Germany where everywhere drink and appreciate tea. “Nordfrizishe Mishung“ - North - the Frisian tea mix - very small cutting black tea of grades “Assam“ and “Darjeeling“ - won sympathies of Europe since the 18th century (there is still “Ostfrizishe mishung“ - East - the Frisian mix, practically the same structure, but northern friezes approve the priority in tea affairs).
In old tea little shops of Flensburg quite dear weighed out “Mishung“ and numerous additives to it - cinnamon, a carnation, a dogrose, a camomile and mint, dried wild strawberry, raspberry and bilberry - the North sell, it is windy, rainy, cold, even in the summer the tea always wants to be drunk.
Here and rain first today. Open rather an umbrella. Where you rushed off, my dear, carried away by wind? Ah, umbrella how sail? It was turned inside out and already broke? Get the second, there`s nothing to be done, warned. Oh, the sun looked out. No, do not clean an umbrella, minutes through ten it is useful again. And you keep the third in readiness, please. Here, here you are, again wind with the rain. How often weather changes, speak? Infrequently, fourteen times for day of everything.
So we will return to tea little shops - besides various grades of tea sell traditional, in a small floret, tea cups of old shlezvigsky ceramic factory there - and, the main thing, teapots. Because “poloskatelny“ tea in bags in the city of Flensburg not too - that is respected.
Tea has to be by all means fresh, strong made, well infused on grasses and berries, during tea drinking continuously to be warmed up - and drink it often “Meath shuss“, that is with addition of whisky or rum or with fresh cream and it is obligatory with candy brown sugar.
Flensburg - the city port, merchant, Hanseatic, so, very independent and in the past rich. There was it in the 12th century on coast of convenient smooth water - the Flensburgsky fjord, in 1284 received the status of the city and was then Danish and already very rather well-to-do. Traded in herring and salt. As many border northern cities, many times passed from Danes to the duchy Golshtinskoma and back.
In 16 - 17 centuries flensburgsky merchant ships reached Greenland and the Caribbean islands, and Flensburg the center of trade in colonial goods, generally cane sugar - a raw and cinnamon was.
Thirty years` war brought brisk trade of Flensburg into decline, and only since the 18th century, thanks to the popularity of rum growing in Europe, the city finds new life. In Flensburg factories of the lump sugar made from colonial raw sugar, and factory on production of rum open. In their 19th century already more than twenty, flensburgsky rum becomes world famous, and Flensburg is called the rum capital of Europe.
Hanzen, Zonnberg, Asmussen, Johansson - very known then rum brands - were made in Flensburg. Now in the city only one rum distillery with company little shop, but in the Sea museum of Flensburg is allocated for history of rum production all basement floor. Distillation cubes, laboratory, coils, ware, labels of different times.
In 1864 Flensburg finally departs to Prussia. Danish is forced out by German, the German bureaucracy is spread, it is possible to forget about former Hanseatic freedoms. Provincial, not too rich, quiet, insignificant port town only with one shopping street - it entered Flensburg in the 20th century, it and still remained it. Call it often the city of a northern modernist style which perfectly kept unique residential quarters of Yugendstil.
“The working model of the city“, - locals joke. Honestly, everything is in Flensburg - the medieval center, port and even steam and sailing fleet, the known handball team, two museum, a pothouse zavodik, small restaurants, several ancient gymnasiums and churches, own symphonic orchestra, the Vsegermansky center for processing of driver`s penalties, small theater and small university, prison in the most beautiful building, park and two libraries. It remained perfectly as during World War II underwent only one insignificant dot bombing of Sea school.
Typically Danish it now or all - German to understand quite difficult. On streets the Danish speech sounds everywhere, at small restaurants cook the Danish herring in all types, flensburgsky beer to taste typically Danish, obviously Scandinavian - such number of exclusively handsome men I did not happen to see ethnic type of inhabitants any more anywhere in Germany. High, light, blue-eyed, quiet.
At radical flensburzhets - only in Germany - now birth rate exceeds mortality. Friezes continue the sort, perfectly know the history, carefully keep the small nationality. White blue-eyed well-groomed children, three, four in a family - richness of the Frisian earth. And so far everything will be as is in Flensburg - is quietly, measuredly, well-groomed, hardworking and is worthy, northern friezes have prospects.
There now, again rain. The umbrella, the fourth in a day, broke? Do not worry, we will buy new. This, big and beautiful, with views of ancient Flensburg. Also let`s drink the Frisian tea with flensburgsky rum. You do not object, nikhts dagegen?