For other places with the same name, see Husum (disambiguation).

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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
  Mayor Uwe Schmitz
  Total 25.82 km2 (9.97 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 22,430
  Density 870/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25801–25813
Dialling codes 04841
Vehicle registration NF

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]


Husum was first mentioned as Husembro in 1252, when king Abel was murdered.

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. It is shown on the Carta Marina in the Frisian form of Husem.


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



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.[2]


Shipping museum


Schloss vor Husum
Market of Husum with the church (Marienkirche) and the Tine-Well


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.[3]


Husum is twinned with:[4][5]


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.


Grammar schools

High schools

Elementary schools

Notable residents

Fanny zu Reventlow
Theodor Storm (1817-1888)



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