Husum & Husum Bay – Culture & History
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Husum has a lot of history. Husum became a coastal town practically overnight, when the powerful “Grote Mandränke” storm surge flooded wide areas of the coast in 1362. Other islands and regions sank in the flooding, giving Husum new significance as a trading town. The sea trade and the market rights granted in 1465 contributed to Husum’s economic boom. In 1603, Husum was granted a town charter. Finally, the next large storm surge in 1634 led to economic stagnation, as the breadbasket, the island of Strand, was damaged extensively. But the increasing competition from the ports of Tönning and Friedrichstadt and the wars in the 17th and early 18th centuries were also partially responsible for this development. In the 19th century, animal trading became the economic basis of Husum. Today, regenerative energy has become an important economic factor in the Husum Bay in addition to tourism. Three museums provide information in fascinating exhibits about the checkered history of the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein, the Frisian inhabitants, and their constant battle against the elements: the Maritime Museum of Nordfriesland, the NordseeMuseum in Nissenhaus (North Frisian ethnology, paintings by regional artists, dike building), and the Ostenfeld farmhouse, the oldest outdoor museum in Germany.
Husum offers culture before a historical backdrop: Theodor Storm Center, Husum Film Days, rarities of piano music, a puppet theater festival, a total of seven museums, the Husum palace, prestigious concerts, the Husum granary culture center and exhibits – culture enthusiasts find a variety of offers. A culture route takes you to the numerous sights of the city. Or join a guided tour of special themes, Theodor Storm for example. In addition to regular guided tours and discovery tours for individual visitors, tour guides in Husum have an extensive program of interesting guided tours for groups.
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