Photographer's Note

Eckernförde is a summer resort at the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein, about 65 miles North of Hamburg and 35 South of the Danish border. The name means 'Acorn-firth'. In the 19th century this city was one of the largest fishing towns at the Baltic Sea with a huge fish-processing industry. Smokehouse chimneys dominated the skyline and one third of the town‘s population of 6,000 then was dependent on this industry. Today the fishing fleet consists of just a handful of boats since this industry steadily lost importance. It is in the tourist area that the harbour is now thriving, communal structural improvements to upgrade the harbour area are currently at the planning stage.
A stroll along the harbour is a must for every visitor. However, it is not only the visitor who feels drawn by the fishing boats, locals too like to inspect the fishermen‘s catches.
Eckernförde is also the oldest spa town in the North, the first spa opened in 1831, the year from which the development of the more than ever important tourist industry dates. The potential in this industry will be exploited to the fullest extent.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2498 W: 0 N: 6639] (23677)
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