Delaware proudly bears the name "The First State" because in 1787
this state was the first to sign the United States
Constitution. This was preceded by the American War of
Independence, in which Delaware fought the British with the twelve
How important the independence of Delaware is to
their independence can be seen from the state's motto: Liberty
and Independence. Other important symbols of Delaware are the
peach blossom (state flower), the blue hen (state bird) and the
American holly (state tree).
Most cities in Delaware have retained their originality. Many
houses are still from the colonial era, which gives the cities a
nostalgic flair. In some places, visitors feel transported back in
- Area: 6,447 sq km
- Population: 897,934
- Abbreviation: DE
- Capital: Dover
- Local time: GMT -4
- Nickname: The First State
The second smallest state in the United States stretches 160
kilometers on the east coast of the United States. The capital is
Dover. The landscape is characterized by rolling hills, rivers and
picturesque coastal regions. The proximity to the Atlantic is
reflected everywhere. Mountains are missing here, instead visitors
will find endlessly long dream beaches and plenty of opportunities
Neighboring states are Maryland (in the west and south)
and Pennsylvania (in the north). Otherwise, the state extends along
the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware River, which separates it
from New Jersey. The highest point of the rather flat area is on the
Ebright Azimuth near the Pennsylvania border at 137m.
Delaware is certainly not the right travel destination for
climbers and hobby mountaineers, because the highest elevation at
137 meters is the Ebright Azimuth. The sun worshipers and water
sports enthusiasts will get their money's worth. Around 1,400 square
kilometers of the state are covered with water. In addition to the
coastal regions, the state has huge forest areas in which the
Indians once lived. Long walks are possible here and fun for the
whole family. This makes the state a travel destination in the
United States that can be visited all year round.
Delaware: climate and weather
The climate in Delaware is strongly influenced by the Atlantic
and is therefore quite temperate. The winters here are not as cold
as in the northern states, but the summers can be hot and humid. The
seasons are clearly recognizable. Attractive seaside resorts on the
coast are ideal for a trip in summer. Every now and then the state
can be hit by hurricanes.
Attractions in Delaware
The attractions of Delaware consist mainly of historical
This mansion is located in New Castle and is one of the few
buildings that dates back to the colonial period. It was built in
1730 by Dr. John Finney, who was the richest man in town. It is
equipped with original woodwork, special architectural details and
an open fireplace. The house has often changed owners over
time. Today it is a house museum with many Dutch antiques from the
Delaware History Museum
This museum is located in Wilmington and is home to many exhibits
from the eventful history of the state. It is probably the best
known and most important attraction in Delaware.
Delaware History Trail
From the Brandywine Valley to the Atlantic coast, visitors can
step back in time on the Delaware History Trail. The trail leads
through the most famous places in the state and shows the history
that has shaped the state over time. Here, visitors come across
special estates and interesting museums that provide an insight into
the colonial era.
Fort Christina Park
Visitors to Wilmington can visit the place where the Swedish
colonists arrived in 1638. This place is a point of contact for
anyone who wants to inquire about colonization, because this is
where the beginnings of Delaware can be seen.
Fort Delaware State Park
Fort Delaware State Park is on Pea Patch Island. This former fort
was built in 1815 to protect the ports of Wilmington and
Philadelphia. After it was burned down, it was rebuilt before the
civil war. It served as a prison camp during the war. This building
is in very good shape and can still be visited today. A special
spectacle is the costumed representation of history, through which
this era comes to life again. The State Park can only be reached by
This park, which tourists love to visit, is located in
Wilmington. The center is the Rockfort Tower, a water tower made of
stones. From here, visitors can enjoy an incredible panorama of the
area. Those seeking peace and quiet will find a place here to relax
and unwind, and even walkers can take walks in peace.
The Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
This museum is located in Winterthur near Greenville. This
impressive structure houses one of the most important collections in
American history. The site is divided into three sections. It
consists of the main house, a research building and several
galleries. Around 85,000 artifacts are built here and the garden,
designed with love, is a special highlight. There is also a small
stone house here. The entire site has been recognized as a U.S.
Beach resorts, events and NASCAR races
Beach resorts such as Bethany, Dewey, Fenwick Island,
Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are ideal for a trip in
sunny summer and as a summer retreat. Rehoboth Beach is also known
as The Nation's Summer Capital. Here you will find
beautiful beaches and riverside promenades. There are also several
events throughout the year such as the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival,
the Sea Witch Halloween Festival Beach and the Rehoboth Beach
Independent Film Festival.
Bathing enthusiasts and beach lovers, but also surfers and
anglers will feel comfortable in Delaware and its nature. You can
also go on whale watching excursions from Lewes. The Zwaanendael
Museum and the historical center are also worth seeing.
Near Smyrna you should have the Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge with salt marshes and tidal zones.
Dover, the affluent capital in central Delaware,
captivates with a well-kept town center and numerous pretty historic
buildings. At the Dover International Speedway you can watch the
famous NASCAR race. The Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American
Art and the Delaware State Museum are also
worth a visit.
Those interested in culture and ballet should visit the Schwartz
Center for the Arts in the city. Flea market fans should
check out the New Castle Farmers Market. Here you can buy
both agricultural products and antiques. In the region around New
Castle you will also find the First State National Monument with
the Dover Green, the New Castel Green and the New Castle Court House
Museum as well as the Sheriff´s House and the Woodlawn Tract.
The largest city, Wilmington, is already a coveted suburb of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here, with the Delaware Art
Museum and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, art
lovers will find a highlight of the American east coast. The
Children's Museum, the Center for Horticulture and the Brandywine
Zoo are also worth seeing.
When you're in town, take a trip to the Winterthur Museum and
Country Estate or Mount Cuba Center Botanical Gardens.