|• Mayor||Uwe Schmitz|
|• Total||25.82 km2 (9.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|• Density||860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
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.
- Osterhusum, Osterhusumfeld
Being a tourist resort and the gate to the North Frisian Islands, Husum offers many cultural features.
Festival Raritäten der Klaviermusik
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.
- 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.
- 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
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. 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.
Husum station is located on the Westerland–Hamburg 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.
- Hermann-Tast-Schule, humanistic grammar school since 1527, one of the oldest schools in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
- Gemeinschaftsschule Husum-Nord
- Husum Danske Skole ( Danish School)
- Iven-Agßen-Schule, since 1619, one of the oldest elementary schools in Germany.
- Bornschool in Schobüll
- Hermann Tast (1490−1551), Protestant reformer
- Johannes Mejer (1606–1674), cartographer
- Peter Axen (1635–1707), jurist, philologist, humanist and diplomat
- Nicolaus Bruhns (1665–1697), who was an important influence on Johann Sebastian Bach, was organist in Husum from 1689 to 1697.
- Theodor Storm (1817−1888), German novelist
- Margarete Böhme (1867–1939), German writer
- Fanny zu Reventlow (1871–1918), German writer and translator
- Jan Wayne (* 1974) DJ, singer and record producer
- Freya Hoffmeister (1964) Sea Kayaker, fastest-ever circumnavigation of Iceland, currently circumnavigating South America
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- Festival web site
- "Ground profile: Mikkelberg-Kunst-und-Cricket Center". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- Our Twinning Story
- Twin cities of Husum(in German)
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