Husum Tourist Attractions
Situation and characteristicsHusum, situated on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein, in the Husumer Au, which serves as a natural harbor, is the cultural center of northern Friesland. After a storm tide in the 14th century, which brought about a change in the conformation of the land, Husum began to develop its own shipping trade. The birthplace of the poet and novelist Theodor Storm (1817-88), this "gray city by the sea" is featured in many of his stories.
In the Marktplatz in Husum stands the Town Hall (Rathaus), originally built in 1601, with much later alteration. On the east side of the square is the neo-classical Marienkirche (St Mary's Church; 1829-33), with a bronze font of 1643. At No. 8 is the birthplace of Theodor Storm, poet and novelist, and at No. 31 in the Wasserreihe the Theodor Storm House (museum).
To the south of the Markt in Husum is the Nissenhaus (1937-39), built of clinker brick, with the North Frisian Museum (natural history, local history and folk traditions).
The Husum harbor, on the west side of the town, is the starting point for trips to the North Frisian Islands.
Southwest of Husum, the Eiderstedt peninsula extends into the Wattenmeer. Characteristic of this area are the large and handsome farmhouses (haubarge).
On the Eider estuary, which bounds the southeast side of the Eiderstedt peninsula, is the little port of Tönning with its charming old gabled houses and the Romanesque and Gothic Laurentiuskirche (St Lawrence's Church; c. 1220), with a Baroque tower.On the harbor stands the Packhaus (1783), with an exhibition on the history of the town.
West of Tönning on the Eiderstedt peninsula is the little town of Garding. In the Markt are the Late Romanesque parish church and the birthplace (No. 6) of the great classical scholar Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903).
At the western tip of the Eiderstedt peninsula lies the popular health resort of St Peter-Ording.In St Peter-Süd is the Romanesque and Gothic parish church, standing on higher ground, and the Eiderstedt Heimatmuseum.