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Flensburg´s younger neighbourhoods have grown around the historic city centre, and there is a different atmosphere in each of them. Solitüde is the most north-eastern district near the firth, while Ostseebad on the north-western side of the firth almost reaches Wassersleben at the Danish border.

If you cross the Danish-German border from the north at Krusa/Kupfermühle, it is recommended to go via Wassersleben, a small village with a beautiful beach and forest. Both Apenrader Chausee and a little road by the firth take you to Flensburg´s north-western neighbourhood of Ostseebad, which has a bathing beach, a miniature golf course and Flensburgs rowing club. It serves as a little green oasis for the New Town residents, who must otherwise put up with large industrial estates and the traditional old factories near the harbour. Street names like 'Brauereiweg'(brewery lane), 'Batteriestrae', 'Gas'- and 'Werftstrae' (docks road) prove that the modern times once brought about crucial changes here. The council services buildings, which are quite an impressive sight at night from the other side of the firth, as well as the transport services buildings and a motor manufacturing company can be found here.

The neighbourhood of Duburg got its name from Duburg castle, which King Erich had built for his protection in 1411. Several Danish institutions can be found here, among them a kindergarten and schools, sports fields and gyms, the Danish health service office and the Dansk Central Library of Sydslesvig. Marienhölzung, a forest situated to the west, is a nice area for walks and sports. Judging by northern German standards, there is quite a slope between the end of Dorotheenstrae, which becomes Toosbüystrae towards the firth, and the harbour. Halfway down the street, streetnames like 'Burg'-, 'Schlo'- und 'Ritterstrae' (castle and knights street) hint at the location of the Duburg. There is many a nice view over the city from here. Following Duburger Strae in the direction of the firth, you will arrive at Nordertor, the citys landmark.

A bit further south, the neighbourhood of Westliche Höhe begins, a popular residential area with St. Gertrud church, St. Franziskus hospital and the Evangelisch-lutherische Diakonissenanstalt (Protestant Lutheran deaconess institution). South of the Diakonissenanstalt, the Stadtpark can be found, as well as the Altes Gymnasium at Selckstrae. Marienstrae is worth a look as there are a number of 18th century half-timbered houses there. Nordergraben also leads down into the Old Town here. Following Selckstrae to the south, you will soon reach the old cemetery, which was built between 1810 and 1830. Apart from a lot of beautiful tombstones, the classical chapel is worth a visit. Other graveyards in the western districts of Flensburg include the Mühlenfriedhof and Friedenshügel cemetery.

From the old cemetery, the museum hill with Heinrich-Sauermann-Haus and Hans-Christiansen-Haus are quickly reached. They display a large collection of exhibits on the regions art and cultural history. The courts are also located here.
The neighbourhoods of Friesischer Berg and Exe follow towards the south. Many educational establishments and the large square at Exe can be found here, where the annual fair and other major local events take place. Towards the city centre, the new Town Hall and Flensburg´s administration buildings appear on the left. This is where the Old Town area with all the sights begins.

Rude is located south of the Old Town. There is a large industrial estate and an A7 motorway turnoff, as well as access to road 76, one of the 'European roads', and the Eastern bypass. A technology park is under construction at the Technology Centre. Sandberg also belongs to Flensburg´s southern neighbourhoods and the college of engineering is located here. The railway station, the indoor pool and Flensburg´s famous brewery are situated between these two districts.

Most of the sights can of course be found in the Old Town. The Nordertor still sort of marks its northern fringe. In the neighbourhood of Schiffbrücke, the road along the harbour with some nice historic buildings like the Kompagnietor, the museum of seafaring and rum and the museum harbour can be found. This is where the old steamer Alexandra departs for roundtrips on the firth. At Speicherlinie, Flensburg´s tourist information and the beautiful Westindienspeicher are located.

If you follow Norder- and Süderhofenden southwards, the Hafenspitze will soon be on your left, before Rathausstrae and ' a bit further down the road by the central bus station ' the Holmpassage shopping arcades appear on the right. The public library and the Science Museum (which is being moved to another building at present) also follow on your right, and at the end of Süderhofenden, the NDR broadcasting building and Deutsches Haus are in front of you. Across the street from the Deutsches Haus, you shouldn't miss a stroll along Rote Strae, a lovely little lane with nice shops, cafés and wine bars in its picturesque backyards. The Kloster zum Heiligen Geist (the monastery) marks the beginning of Flensburg´s long pedestrian precinct and shopping street Holm-Groe Strae-Norderstrae with its remarkable merchant houses and churches. It leads you all the way through the historic city centre. Nikolaikirche, Flensburg´s largest church, is located at Südermarkt and was built around 1390. There is a nice market at Südermarkt on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Walking along Holm and Groe Strae you will see many beautiful old business houses and buildings with lovely facades and gables and the little Holmnixe statue. If you follow Rathausstrae to the left, you will get to the Stadttheater. Groe Strae continues straight ahead, and the Heiliggeistkirche, built in 1386, appears on your left. Nordermarkt with Neptunbrunnen and the Schrangen, where the butchers and bakers used to sell their goods, are located at the end of Groe Strae, and so is St. Marys with its valuable interior and works of art. It is recommended to take a coffee break at one of the nice street cafés here. More remarkable buildings like Bürgerhaus, Alt-Flensburger Haus, Künstlerhof, Flensborg Hus and the Handelshof (No. 86) can be seen along Norderstrae.

Flensburg´s oldest church, Johanniskirche, is situated in the eastern part of the Old Town and was built with fieldstones in the 12th century. The chambers of commerce can also be found here. It is worth taking a walk in the direction of St. Jürgen ' there are many picturesque little lanes and aisles which can be explored near St. Jürgenstrae, where traffic is limited to a walking pace. At the end of Kurze Strae, a rather long staircase leads up to Erlenweg. Do climb up! The beautiful view you get from here definitely makes up for the effort taken climbing up. The Goethe-School is located at Bremer Platz, and Clädenstrae, a street above the square, is a popular residential street with a grand view. At the neighbourhood of Jürgensby, some large open spaces are still left, and the Holländerhof is situated here. Behind it, you can already see Adelby with the big Kurt-Tucholsky Comprehensive School.

If you follow Hafendamm around the Hafenspitze, Nordstrae 199 to Kappeln turns off to the east. Going straight ahead, you will reach the industrial port at Ballastbrücke. On the right, the neighbourhoods of Blasberg with the water-tower at Volkspark and the stadium at Flensburg University, as well as Fruerlund and Fruerlundholz with Osbek valley at their eastern outskirts are situated on a higher level well above the road.

Mürwik, with its naval base, is located in the north-east. The School of Telecommunication and the Naval Academy- where officers are still trained today ' belong to the base. Mürwik´s most hated institution is undoubtedly the KBA, the federal department of driving, where all the speeding tickets and penalty points are filed. It used to be in Bielefeld, but was moved here in 1952.

Solitüde is Flensburg´s most northern neighbourhood. It is rather exclusive and very beautiful. A sloping coastal forest leads down to the firth, which has a narrow sandy beach and a bathing place. The Yachtclub is also to be found here for good reasons. You can take long walks in the direction of Meierwik, Quellental or Glücksburg from here, or go on a bicycle tour and enjoy the lovely scenery.

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