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The Eider is the longest river of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The river starts near Neumünster and reaches the southwestern outskirts of Kiel on the shores of the Baltic Sea, but flows to the west, ending in the North Sea.
In the early Middle Ages the Eider was a shipping route between the Baltic Sea and the British Isles. Consequently, the middle part of the Eider was appropriated for use as part of the Kiel Canal.
Today the river offers leisure boaters abundant opportunities, as it flows – calm despite its strength – through tranquil lowlands. Taking a trip on Schleswig-Holstein’s most important waterway is to journey back in time. Therefore the tourism industry in Schleswig-Holstein is trying to diversify tourist attractions, promoting all kinds of recreational traffic on the water. Ecological travel by canoe or kayak along the Eider river is promoted as well. Policy makers and tourism agencies also emphasize the cultural and historical roots of the region.

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