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Eckernfoerde is a summer resort on the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein, about 65 miles North of Hamburg and 35 South of the Danish border. Situated on the banks of the Eckernfoerde Bay, the harbour has a unique waterfront location only a short distance from the city centre. Imagine that in the 19th century this city was one of the largest fishing towns on the Baltic Sea with a huge fish-processing industry. One third of the town‘s population of 6,000 was dependent on the fishery industry. But this centuries-old industry has steadily lost importance, and today the Eckernfoerde fishing fleet consists of just a handful of boats. It is in the tourist area that the harbor is now thriving, as a result of the construction of a marina for leisure craft. Further communal structural improvements to upgrade the harbor area have been quite successful.
Tourism plays a big role in Schleswig-Holstein’s economy, especially on the coast that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. “Vacation as far as the eye can see” this motto under which Tourismus-Agency Schleswig-Holstein advertises the “land between the seas” makes some 4.5 million people to visit the country’s seaside resorts annually.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2443 W: 0 N: 6404] (22913)
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