Living in Schleswig-Holstein

In Schleswig-Holstein living and working really do take place together. It’s not just that numerous companies from futureproof industries offer attractive jobs in Germany’s most northerly state. The expansive nature of the landscape, the proximity of two seas and the Nordic lifestyle help people instantly feel at home. There may be a stiff breeze blowing, but the air is clear and the great outdoors is often breathtaking and never far away. The locals are down to earth and don’t like to beat around the bush. They simply prefer to get things done. Their calm composure, for which they’re famous in Germany, might have something to do with the fact that they think they live in the world’s most beautiful Bundesland.

Diversity of life

Suitable accommodation is very much part of the good life, and where is there a better symbiosis of working, living and leisure activities than in Schleswig-Holstein? This is all due to the state’s unique location between the Baltic and North Sea, its numerous lakes and rivers and attractive countryside. Many of the towns and cities have been formed by water and woods, fields, coasts and expansive flatlands are never far away. Despite all these attractions, affordable houses and flats are still in plentiful supply, even those in extraordinarily pretty locations. Whatever you are looking for – visionary new designs, intelligent conversions of historic warehouses or waterside buildings – you are certain to find very special accommodation in Germany’s most northerly state, the place to live the good life in.

Leisure activities

If you live and work in Schleswig-Holstein, you certainly get a lot out of the place: clear air, wide horizons, attractive landscapes, culinary hotspots and almost unlimited opportunities for leisure activities: sailing, windsurfing, rowing, riding, golf, cycling, hiking or world-class handball matches in Kiel or Flensburg. Those who aren’t lucky enough to live here come to Schleswig-Holstein for their holidays – almost six million a year in fact. Two seas with numerous beaches, some 300 lakes and around 32,000 kilometres of rivers make Schleswig-Holstein a real aquatic paradise. Nature-lovers find the countryside just as attractive, with around 1,000 natural monuments and over 300 nature reserves or bird sanctuaries containing a wide range of flora and fauna. One outstanding feature is, of course, Schleswig-Holstein’s Wadden Sea National Park – the biggest in Germany and said to have more birds species than anywhere else in Europe. Part of the world’s largest coherent areas of mud flats, it has been a UN World Heritage Site since 2009.