Cities & Culture

Coastal mudflats, a charming and idyllic harbour and the North Sea: Husum

Huseum: inland port ©DZT (Francesco Carovillano)

A small town in the big sea, the tiny seaside town of Husum oozes maritime charm. Life is peaceful when set amidst delightful narrow lanes lined with old fishermen's houses, a succession of harbour taverns and restaurants serving fish dishes. And when the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a stone's throw away.

Getting away from it all, doing a spot of shopping now and then, and breathing in the sea breeze is what Husum is all about. The pretty harbour town also offers plenty in the way of culture – so much so that it has its own culture trail connecting the town's 32 most important sites, including St. Mary's Church, one of the most important Classicist buildings in Schleswig-Holstein, the Theodor Storm Museum, the birthplace of the town's literary ambassador, the North Frisian Maritime Museum or the North Sea Museum Husum, where life on and with the sea, the fight against natural forces and the region's cultural peculiarities are brought to life.

Husum Castle is another cultural gem. It is located on the outskirts of town in a park that is bathed in a sea of colour every year when the crocuses are in bloom. The castle doubles as a venue for international concert series and provides a wonderful setting for the Pole-Poppenspäler-Tage international puppet theatre festival. And if this works up an appetite, close by, at the inner harbour, which extends almost as far as the Marktplatz square, is the Nordertor restaurant ship – one of the oldest floating restaurants in Germany. After all that sightseeing, it's a welcome sight on the horizon.

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