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Flensburg is located a stones throw from the Danish border about 40 miles NW of Kiel.
It has two grass runways and one tarmac runway of 1220m aligned 29/11, so options for taildraggers wanting in to wind landings. They do parachuting there, so bimbling through the overhead would not be a good idea.
A very quiet airport, located close to the town centre of Flensburg, but not walkable, you need a taxi. They were kind enough to find someone to give us a lift to our hotel. There is a bar-cum-cafe on the airfield which looks well used, although not when we arrived late afternoon.
Friendly and competent guy on airfield reception and very helpful. Have free WiFi for flight planning, but I couldn't recall seeing an internet PC.
Flensburg airfield viewed from the south looking north
For hotels, there are many, but I far prefer the Accor Hotel; chain as they allow same day cancellations, so are a real god-send for VFR touring pilots! There are two of the cheap Etap hotels in Flensburg, one on an out-of-town shopping centre (not recommended as it is even further from town, but only two miles from the airport, and the other Etap is in town, but we found it fully booked, although it was the weekend. Best to go for the in-town Etap if you can get a booking.
There is a great micro-brewery / restaurant in town on the street that runs along the harbour front (Hansens Brauerei), you can't miss it, and DO eat and drink there, it was great!! It was a really nice, but small and quiet town.
Refuelling at the airfield is easy enough, the AVGAS pumps have instructions inside with German one side and English the other. Just DO wait and allow the tower 30-60 seconds to switch them on remotely between steps. But be careful, they will only accept payment by BP Carnet or Cash only, no credit or debit card payments.
A fully functional and quiet airfield and a town well worth visiting, especially that micro-brewery. A very practical stop for GA touring, just be careful of how you can pay for the AVGAS.
In contrast to what Steve H says, when I flew in to visit some of Susans friends on the way back from Sweden last week, I was asked to fly an overhead join and didnt see any sign of a parachute club. Also, we were not so impressed by this airfield - luckily we had friends picking us up so didnt need Taxis etc - so perhaps this was why we were practically ignored by the desk guys - even when we wanted to pay up!!
Landing fee = 12.50 Euros, Overnight parking = 8.50 Euros. Cash only accepted as payment for fuel/fees.
Flensburg itself does have one redeeming feature though - Excellent Flensburger Pils!!
Additionally to Steve H comments about the town itself to which I can find no fault, the old Navy barracks along the eastern side of the water have been refurbished and turned into a new marina with executive flats and resturants etc. which is also the home of a seaplane tours operation, as the harbour area is a water aerodrome. Their poster has pics of a DH Beaver and Cessna, though on departure, we saw a float equipped Super Cub outside their hangar at Lubeck airport itself.
Its generally best to make a hole in the sky.......not the ground...
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