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Hi all,

I am looking to travel to Heide in Schleswig-Holstein in the near future. My ancestors are from the respective area so I have developed an interest in the place. Right now I am wondering where to fly into. Does Heide have an airport that receives international flights? I know there is Heide-Büsum Airport. I will leave out of either Chicago, Illinois or Denver, Colorado. From what I gathered when I was looking into Heide, their airport appears to be regional rather than international. Assuming that Heide's airport is indeed regional, where should I fly into then? I would like to avoid flying into Kiel or Hamburg, as I would like to save money and not purchase a rental car, or more likely get on a regional plane and fly to Heide. I guess if that is what I will have to do then I will do it, but thought I'd see what people have to say on here first.

On another note, out of curiosity, how expensive is Heide, or what is the city's standard of living? I tried reading the city's website, but I am afraid I am not proficient in German enough right now to understand it all without sitting down and translating it for several hours. I've read in other places that cities like Berlin are pretty expensive according to general standards of the European Union. I'm going to probably go regardless, but was just curious.

Danke für alle deine Hilfe!

May 17, 2017



Hello, I live in Schleswig-Holstein, about 80kms south of Heide. I would definitely book the flight into Hamburg. In fact, I don't think it is possible to fly into Heide unless you have a small private plane :P. From there you can directly take the S-bahn to the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station) or the Hamburg-Altona train station and get on a train. The connection from Hamburg Altona - Westerland (Sylt) goes directly through Heide and leaves every hour. Your total travel time would be 2 hours from the airport and would cost about 23 Euros. You will be able to see a bit of the countryside on the train. It should also be noted that on German trains you can take as much baggage as you want with you.

As far as cost, there is nothing really outrageous to watch out for. Most restaurants will have menus posted out front stating how much every dish costs. It should be noted that tap water is not a given here in the restaurants, you have to order water off the menu or ask specifically for "Leitungswasser." Food in general is very affordable if you go to the grocery store. Berlin is more expensive because it draws a lot of tourists and naturally they charge more, Hamburg is similar. As Heide is a very small town, you won't have any problems.

If you have any more questions, let me know. I would be glad to answer them for you.


Fly into Hamburg (I doubt that you can find a direct flight to Hamburg from Chicago), and then take the train to Heide. German trains are relatively cheap.


Seconded. Hamburg to Heide is under two hours on the train with prices from €19, and there's no scheduled Hamburg-Heide flight anyway.

You're right about the lack of direct Chicago-Hamburg flights, as far as I can see. Looks as though Aer Lingus via Dublin and Icelandair via Reykjavík are the most straighforward options.



Normally you first fly to Amsterdam and then to germany. How much time do you want to spend there? You should consider that this might be a touristic area due to the sea. The prices for rooms can be more expensive in the summer and if there are holidays. If you really want to see something from the area maybe it would be better to rent a small car. If you dont want to spend that money you should use public transfer like train/bus.

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