Found in the far north of Germany, Flensburg has been subject to many different influences. Both Danish and German are spoken, along with the city’s own dialect, locally known as Petuh. As it’s located on a Fjord, it has a sailing community, a Maritime Museum, a port with a naval academy, beaches, steamboats and plenty of places to wild swim. The old town restoration project has been widely admired, revealing beautiful buildings and encouraging the growth of cafe culture, boutiques and restaurants. And there’s a lush forest for peaceful walks and picnics. These are our hotel recommendations for a stay in Flensburg.
Hotel Das James
This five-star urban resort is found on the Sonwik waterfront with marina views. Its highlight is a gleaming 2,000 m² wellness retreat – SPA Five Senses – spread over three levels with an indoor pool and an outdoor rooftop infinity pool for adults only, four saunas and a separate junior spa area for kids. This, along with multiple bedded suites, childcare, a kids’ kitchen and a games room, makes it a hit with families. While couples love the many wining and dining options. Bedrooms have coffee machines, and cosmetics by Team Dr. med. Joseph, plush textiles, knitted throws, Scandi lighting and herringbone wooden floors, for a retro-modern effect.
Vitalhotel Alter Meierhof
A hotel inspired by the bathing culture of the Orient, Vitalhotel Alter Meierhof is an indulgent and pampering experience. A huge heated indoor-outdoor pool provides views across to Denmark; there’s also a tepidarium, meditative sauna, aroma and steam baths, rasul and hammam ceremonies. The ambience and decor in the property are deeply elegant, with its 54 bedrooms created in a country house style. Breakfast in the gourmet brasserie, which also serves homemade patisserie in summer on the beach terrace. Grab a healthy lunch at the spa’s Vitalbar. Dine on modern French dishes at the two Michelin star Meierei Dirk Luther, or at the Spanish-themed Bodega, by night. And finish your day with a fireside nightcap in the lobby bar.
Built at the turn of the 20th century, this lakefront property is ideal for those wishing to sail, hit the beach or play golf at the nearby Benniksgaard Club. Independently owned, it features individually designed rooms – some with balconies and water views. Dine on the terrace at sunset as you watch passing boats and tuck into French-style cuisine from chef patron Eicke Steinort (who previously worked under Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester). Guests can also feast on seven and eight-course tasting menus with Der Steinort, a culinary journey offered at its signature restaurant, The Stone Palace.