Though famous local novelist Theodor Storm dubbed Husum the “gray town by the sea”, you’ll find more color here than might be expected. Vibrantly decorated homes in yellow and blue line the streets of this small coastal town, while colorful fishing boats gather just offshore, forming a majestic dual gateway to the Frisian Islands. Between the myriad of museums and shops of the city center, visitors will discover a town that clings to a simpler way of life, embracing tourists while retaining the pride of its storied heritage. Expect a brisk but scenic climate and a wide assortment of festivals year-round.
Location: The Coastal Mudflats of Northern Germany
Husum is the capital of the Northern Friesland district in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. One of the country’s northernmost towns, it rests along the North Sea coastline and is built up around a natural inland harbor–to which it owes much of its success. The nearest mainland airports can be found at Hamburg or Sønderborg, the latter being just over the Danish border to the north. The town is an ideal place from which to begin boat trips and tours along the coast, and makes a good jumping off point for visitors heading to (or from) Denmark.
Culture: A Trove of Antiquity and Activity
More than just a harbor and fishing town, Husum is also the cultural center of Germany’s North Sea Coast. Visitors are drawn to the numerous museums dedicated to local author Theodor Storm, regional history, shipping, and more. An elegant array of shops cater to tourists and locals alike down at the harbor, while restaurants serve up authentic North Frisian fare prepared from freshly caught fish. The springtime Crocus Festival, the Prawn Festival in October, and the December Christmas Market ensure that visitors have plenty to see and do, even in the off-season.
Activities: Explore a Historic Community
Husum is best seen by foot, and this small town is packed with things to discover down every path. Take a stroll along the marked cultural trails in the center, exploring life in a fishing community as it existed centuries ago. Walks along the dykes and mud flats both take visitors through well-trod paths, and are a great way to absorb local culture at a measured pace.