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Beautiful meadows at the Schlei

Like many places at the Schlei, the name Selk derives from a Danish word, the term "selje", which in English means “pasture”.

The small town consists of the hamlets Oberselk, Niederselk, Wedelspang and Altmühl. The peculiar thing about these hamlets is that Oberselk once belonged to the office of Gottorf, and was, therefore, under the command of the Duke of Gottorf, while Niederselk belonged to the St. Johannis monastery in Schleswig. Both districts were united in the 1930s.

Historically, Selk is particularly interesting because in 872 there was a battle between Viking kings. That is why there are many megalithic tombs and barrows in Selk.

The 42-square-metre Königshügel (king's hill) at the entrance to the village is a memorial site, which dates from the German-Danish War of 1864. King Siegmund, who died in 1864 during the storming of the Königsberg, is said to be buried under the Königshügel. Selk is also the place where the great Kograben ends, which once protected the Danevirke.

Today, Selk Noor is a very idyllic holiday resort which is located directly at the Selker Noor. The Noor offers plenty of space for walks and small hikes. The Viking Museum Hedeby and the Viking City of Schleswig are also in close proximity to the small village.


A town's history in pictures

  • Wikingerschiff in Haithabu
  • Wikingerhäuser in Haithabu
  • Galloway Rind in Haithabu
  • Wikingerschiff in Haithabu am Steg

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Walking in the footsteps of history



During the stone age Süderbrarup had been populated. Trails of the bronze age confirmed the guess. At the new age Süderbrarup got well known for it's railroad track between Kiel and Flensbrug in which was build in 1881.


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Real village romance at the Schlei Villages

We're living at a metropolis. My children do not know cows or sheeps, geese or ducks. During farm vacation at the Schlei villages they get in touch with the wide world of animals and are also able to play beautiful nature surroundings. To give these wonderful experiences to my children I always love to come back to the Schlei Villages.

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