On the Sunday just passed, we whittled our day trip options down to four; an ostrich farm, the site of the largest Nordic city during the Viking age, Schleswig-Holstein’s Freilicht Museum, or Husum. We agreed the Viking site would be next weekend’s trip (we are into all things viking at the moment, having become staunch fans of the series) and because the weather was rather decent, we went with Husum. Decent weather is rather necessary for visits to harbourside villages in this part of the world – cold winds, grey skies and stinging rain makes for wonderful atmosphere but miserable sightseeing.
Husum, which lies in North Friesland, is about an hour’s drive west of Kiel, and on the North Sea coast. Wikipedia tells me Husum wasn’t always on the coast, however – a large storm and ensuing flood in 1362 gifted Husum with a harbour and economic fortunes began looking up.
We strolled down along the little harbour, where some markets were starting to wind down, stopped for Backfisch and Kartoffelsalat swimming in some sort of delicious heart attack sauce, moseyed on over to the Schloss which was once home to the dukes of Holstein-Gottorp, and called it a day.