The Biikebrennen bonfires on 21 February are mainly a tradition on the North Friesland coast but are now also a feature of inland areas of Schleswig-Holstein. This festival dates back some 2,000 years when sacrificial fires were lit to placate the god Odin. In later times, these fires on the coast and on the islands were used to bid farewell to whalers. Nowadays the festival, which symbolises driving away the winter, starts with a torch bearers' procession and ends with a mouthwatering meal of curly kale in a welcoming inn.
Schleswig-Holstein has much to offer in the way of delicious food, including cabbage, fish and lamb specialities. But don't just take our word for it. Visit one of the region's top restaurants and see for yourself!