Husum

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Husum
Husum Harbour c.jpg
Coat of arms of Husum
Coat of arms
Husum is located in Germany
Husum
Husum
Coordinates: 54°28′0″N 9°3′0″E / 54.46667°N 9.05000°E / 54.46667; 9.05000Coordinates: 54°28′0″N 9°3′0″E / 54.46667°N 9.05000°E / 54.46667; 9.05000
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Nordfriesland
Government
 • Mayor Uwe Schmitz
Area
 • Total 25.82 km2 (9.97 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 22,053
 • Density 850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25801–25813
Dialling codes 04841
Vehicle registration NF
Website husum.org

Husum (North Frisian: Hüsem) is the capital of the Kreis (district) Nordfriesland in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The town was the birthplace of the novelist Theodor Storm, who coined the epithet "the grey town by the sea". It is also the home of the annual international piano festival Raritäten der Klaviermusik (Rarities of Piano Music) founded in 1986.[2]

History[edit]

Husum was first mentioned as Husembro in 1252, when king Abel was murdered.[citation needed]

Like most towns on the North Sea, Husum was ever strongly influenced by storm tides. In 1362 a disastrous storm tide, the "Grote Mandrenke" flooded the town and carved out the inland harbour. Before this date Husum was not situated directly on the coast. The people of the city took advantage of this opportunity and built a marketplace, which led to a great economic upturn.

Between 1372 and 1398 the population of Husum grew rapidly, and two villages, Oster-Husum (East-Husum) and Wester-Husum (West-Husum), were founded.

The name Husum is first mentioned in 1409.[citation needed] It is shown on the Carta Marina in the Frisian form of Husem.

Geography[edit]

Husum is located by the North Sea; 82 km W of Kiel, 139 km NW of Hamburg and 43 km SW of Flensburg.

Subdivisions[edit]

  • Zentrum
  • Nordhusum
  • Porrenkoog
  • Osterhusum, Osterhusumfeld
  • Altstadt
  • Norderschlag
  • Dreimühlen
  • Rödemis
  • Fischersiedlung
  • Neustadt
  • Gewerbegebiet
  • Kielsburg
  • Rosenburg
  • Schobüll
  • Halebüll
  • Hockensbüll
  • Lund

Culture[edit]

Being a tourist resort and the gate to the North Frisian Islands, Husum offers many cultural features.

Festival Raritäten der Klaviermusik[edit]

This international festival of rare piano music, specialising in unknown classical piano music, was founded in 1986 by Peter Froundjian, and takes place in the town's castle.[2]

Museums[edit]

Shipping museum
  • The Theodor-Storm-Haus (Wasserreihe 31) was the house of Theodor Storm. It is home to an exhibition about the novelist and his works.
  • The Schifffahrtsmuseum Nordfriesland (Zingel 15) shows ships from the Middle Ages to the present. The models on display give a good impression of life on the coast and at sea.
  • The Ostenfelder Bauernhaus (Nordhusumer Str.13) is an old farmhouse and the oldest open-air museum in Germany.

Sights[edit]

Marienkirche
  • Marienkirche (Saint Mary), collapsed 1807, re-erected 1833
  • The Schloss vor Husum, 1582, was a residence of the dukes of Holstein-Gottorp
  • Old Town Hall, 1601
  • New Town Hall, 1988/1989
Schloss vor Husum
Market of Husum with the church (Marienkirche) and the Tine-Well

Clubs[edit]

The Spielmannszug Rödemis is a famous marching band from the district of Rödemis. Husum is also home of two football clubs, the Husumer SV and the Rödemisser SV.[citation needed] Husum Cricket Club is based at the Mikkelberg-Kunst-und-Cricket Center which has in the past hosted international women's cricket matches. The ground is located in nearby Hattstedt.[3]

Twinning[edit]

Husum is twinned with:[4][5]

Infrastructure[edit]

Husum station is located on the WesterlandHamburg line (Marsh Railway), the Husum–Bad St. Peter-Ording line to the Eiderstedt peninsula and the Husum–Jübek line, which connects to the Neumünster–Flensburg line and Kiel.

Education[edit]

Grammar schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Gemeinschaftsschule Husum-Nord
  • Ferdinand-Tönnies-Schule
  • Husum Danske Skole ( Danish School)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Iven-Agßen-Schule, since 1619, one of the oldest elementary schools in Germany.
  • Bürgerschule
  • Klaus-Groth-Schule
  • Bornschool in Schobüll

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Riewerts, Brar V. (1969). Die Stadt Husum in Geschichte und Gegenwart (in German). Husum: Hermann Hansen. 
  • Brandt, Otto (1925 (8. Aufl. 1981)). Geschichte Schleswig-Holsteins (in German). Kiel: Mühlau. 
  • "Husum", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German) 1, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, 1875, pp. 707– 

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