About Flensburg

Flensburg is an independent town in the north of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is the centre of the region of Southern Schleswig. After Kiel and Lübeck it is the third largest town in Schleswig-Holstein.

In May 1945 Flensburg was the seat of the last government of Nazi Germany, the so called Flensburg government led by Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, which was in power from 1 May (Hitler's death) until its dissolution on 23 May.

The nearest larger towns are Kiel (86 km south) and Odense in Denmark (92 km northeast). Flensburg's city centre lies about 7 km from the Danish border.

In Germany, Flensburg is known for

•    the nationwide database of traffic violators

•    its beer Flensburger Pilsener, also called "Flens"

•    the centre of the Danish national minority in Germany

•    the greeting Moin

•    the large erotic mail-order companies Beate Uhse and Orion

•    its handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt

•    the Naval Academy at Mürwik with its sail training ship Gorch Fock