Heiligenhafen

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Heiligenhafen
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Coat of arms of Heiligenhafen
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Heiligenhafen   is located in Germany
Heiligenhafen
Heiligenhafen
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Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Ostholstein
Government
 • Mayor Heiko Müller
Area
 • Total 18.12 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,072
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 23771–23774
Dialling codes 04362
Vehicle registration OH
Website www.heiligenhafen.de

Heiligenhafen (German pronunciation: [haɪlɪɡənˈhaːfən]) is a town in the district of Ostholstein, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is situated on the Baltic Sea coast, opposite the island Fehmarn, approx. 60 km northeast of Lübeck, and 55 km east of Kiel.

Geography

The town centre is located on a small bight, the binnensee (inland lake) from which the west of the town has been separated. Two headlands are located off the coast: Steinwarder and Graswarder, the latter one is a bird sanctuary.

Economy

A little fishing port and a marina with about 1000 moorings is located at the open part of the bight close to the town centre. Tourism is an important part of the economy of the town. Every summer the main attraction is a 10 day festival called 'Hafenfest Tage' (harbour festival) which attracts visitors from all over the country. The town just celebrated its 250 year anniversary and has kept the charm of the traditional German fishing town though some well designed amendments to the town centre have been made.

Panorama from the district Warteburg to Heiligenhafen (left), Graswarder and in the Fehmarnsund with the Fehmarnsund Bridge.
  1. "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2013] (XLS-Datei) (Fortschreibung auf Basis des Zensus 2011)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German). 25 July 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>