Büsum — Magical Fishing Town On The Wadden Sea

There’s something magical and all-around wonderful about little fishing towns, none as much as the town of Büsum. And while the Low German speaking town maintains its Old World fishing flair, Büsen (its Low German name), it has changed considerably over the centuries.

Because Büsum lies along the Wadden Sea coast, the low-laying was once an island a few centuries back. Flood after flood has changed the landscape some, but since the 19th century the fishing village has also been a popular resort town.

Fantastic place to grab some fresh seafood dishes and relax a bit, wouldn’t you say?

Büsum’s beach is the best place to accomplish the relaxation part of that statement. Who wouldn’t love lounging around Büsum’s sandy beach in one of those covered beach chairs (called Strandkörbe)? Um, I think I could handle a day (or two) of that. ;-)

What’s even better about Büsum’s beach are the superb Summer Concerts held on the Main Beach. There’s something sensual about listening to sweet sounds while lying on a sandy beach with a warm salty breeze blowing in from the North Sea.

Ahh, here I go getting all romantic and mushy — best run off to mudflat hike on the Wadden Sea instead, so long as the tide’s out. Although I’m pretty sure land lubbers would much rather visit the Harbor Museum instead. The museum, by the way, is located pretty close to Büsum’s gorgeous Lighthouse, whose light can be seen for some 19 nautical miles from shore.

The lighthouse itself is a beautiful structure, by the way, that celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014 — a mere blip in Büsum’s architectural history. The Church of St. Clement is pushing 900 years old, and still looking good. If you wish to still wander around the town’s terra firma, come on over to see its early 20th century Rathaus (Town Hall), or head to the village of Wesselburen, whose Church of St. Bartholomew is known for its totally unique dome.

I don’t know about all that, but I am aware that Büsum hosts a great Weekly Market on Friday mornings from April to October. What? This is extreme northern Germany, it does get a bit chilly up here in the wintertime.

Other events held in Büsum would be the Drachenflugtage (Kite Days), held in April. And I already mentioned the beach concerts — so all that’s left to do is actually show up to experience it all.

Me? I’m not leaving — I don’t care how cold it gets in winter. ;-)

 

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