Husum castle is the only manor-castle on the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein and highlights the important role that Husum has always played for the western part of the state.

Duke Adolf von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf (1526-1586) erected the castle in the Dutch Renaissance style between 1577 and 1582. He was the first ruler of this dukedom which had been formed by means of the settlement of an estate in 1544; the dukedom existed until the 17th century. Descendents of various lineage from the duke sat on the Swedish throne, became czars of Russia and grand dukes of Oldenburg. Duke Adolf used the Husum Castle as a residence during his stays on the west coast.

The Danish castles Frederiksborg and Rosenborg in Copenhagen, both constructed later, are very similar to the Husum castle with its seven towers and the red brick walls divided by lighter colored lines. Artisans, above all from western Europe, were involved in the construction which was extremely modern at the time.

The castle Museum with Royal salons, the chapel and other rooms can be visited. On appointment, guided tours are also available.

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Founded: 1577-1582
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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Brian Sullivan (20 months ago)
Building is not suuuper impressive but still cool to see. Especially the moat. But the attached park is really quite nice. Would happily return.
Prisco Personified (21 months ago)
Beautiful scenery.
Tariq Azeem (2 years ago)
It is a stunning castle with a beautiful park around it.
Gohaj (2 years ago)
Beautiful old castle with garden. Worth a visit.
Andy Pickersgill (2 years ago)
It's quite a journey to get to this Museum being closer to the border with Denmark. It's a museum founded by the artist before his death. The charity that runs the wonderful modern gallery/museum have many works by Emil Nolde and regularly change the paintings on show. We liked many of Nolde's impressionist paintings, specially the religious collection. The museum doesn't hide the fact that Nolde was an antisemite and an enthusiastic supporter of Hitler even when his work was regarded as decadent by Adolf. None the less it was a great day out and well worth the drive.
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