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The Schlei is a Baltic Sea fjord. It was 鈥渕anufactured鈥 in the Ice Age. Wide lake like areas, narrows which are remindful of a river, lagoons and bays, shallow beaches and cliffs 鈥 the Schlei is varied. There are three towns along the Schlei, all on the north shore. The photo shows Arnis, the smallest town in Germany both by population (300) and by area (0.45 km2). Arnis was founded in 1667. At that time, with the permission of the then Duke, 64 families settled here on an island in the Schlei. The island was too small for farming. Therefore the people of Arnis took to the sea as merchants transporting victuals 鈥 butter, cheese, sausages 鈥 mainly to Copenhagen, and selling their wares at a good profit. There were still 50 seagoing vessels registered in Arnis in 1846.
Arnis has retained much of the charm of the old days. A ferry connection across the Schlei to the south shore (Schwansen) has been in operation since 1826.

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