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Community of Alberdorf

Since its earliest days Albersdorf, being a junction for major travel routes, was an important trading post. With the construction of the Kiel Canal, which joins the North and Baltic Seas, in 1895, the town experienced a big commercial boom. In 1963 a German military base was established. Today, Albersdorf is known as a health resort, particularly for its good air, and one of the favoured holiday destinations in the Dithmarschen region. Surrounded by expansive forests and set close to the North Sea, the town boasts a very healthy climate. In the town centre, the health resort gardens are home to an open-air stage with 2000 seats and the Kneipp facilities. These facilities are fed by a natural well and offer health resort visitors hydropathic cures and treatments. The surrounding forests invite visitors to wander along one of the numerous, well-marked trails. The heated open-air pool and its giant 77 m long water slide are also a must to visit.

The "Brutkamp" Stone is a special point of interest and important monument; one of the biggest and best-preserved prehistoric grave sites in Northern Germany. Under ancient trees, an enormous granite block, nearly 10 m around and 1,5 m across, rests lazily on five supporting boulders. The grave itself is about 3 m in diameter and 1 m deep.

The classical archaeological square mile

The classical archaeological square mile lies in the East of the Dithmarschen district, in dense forest, right next to the Kiel Canal. Sandy uplands form this landscape along the German North Sea coast. The area owes its name as the "classical archaeological square mile" to numerous grave sites from the Stone and Bronze Ages. The idyllic rural countryside are strongly influenced by Albersdorf and the Kiel Canal.


design: Kai M. Wurm
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