Long tradition obliges that HUSUM is described as “the grey town by the sea”, which seems unfair for a quietly colourful North Sea harbour 42km south of Niebüll. Paradoxically its local hero is to blame. Nineteenth-century author and Husum resident Theodor Storm coined the tagline with Die graue Stadt am Meer, an affectionate poem that describes the spring and autumn pea-soupers that blow off the North Sea to enshroud the town in grey fog. Yet the town’s inner harbour is all about local colour. Houses painted in a palette of bright yellows and blues jostle for space behind fishing boats moored in the heart of the town as they have been since medieval days, when Husum was used by the Dutch as a short cut between the North and Baltic seas.

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