The Market Town in the North Sea Wind
Population: 21,116 | Schleswig-Holstein
Heide, located in the west of Schleswig-Holstein, is known as the Market Town in the North Sea Wind. Not far from the coast, the lively shopping town is a major attraction for locals and tourists. In the middle of the city centre, the largest undeveloped market square in Germany forms the heart of this family-friendly city.
With 21,000 residents, Heide is the county seat of Dithmarschen and is on the edge of the metropolitan region of Hamburg. The traditional farmer’s market of Heide, which has been taking place on the market square for more than 500 years, is known far beyond the borders of the city for the special charm it exudes each Saturday. Not only fresh groceries, but also flowers, textiles, jewellery, and more are sold here. Marktplatz, the market square, is a historical site that was hosting gatherings of the free and independent Farmer’s republic of Dithmarschen back in the 15th century.
Culture enthusiasts are also catered to in Heide. As the birthplace of the famous Low German poet Klaus Groth, the city has established a museum in the house of his birth. The ancestral home of the family of the famous composer, Johannes Brahms, is also located in the neighbourhood.
Length: approx. 2.8 km
Time: approx. 1 hour
Discover Heide by foot on a comfortable walking tour.
You can find all events in Heide HERE.
The fountain on the Südermarkt dates back to 1989. (Learn more)
Heide's oldest residence with Baroque stylistic elements... (Learn more)
Discover more than 500 years of church history... (Learn more)
At 47,000 square meters, Germany’s largest undeveloped square... (Learn more)
A former craftsman’s street, but now a lovely mile of the historic city centre... (Learn more)
A symbol that also fulfils another purpose... (Learn more)
In honour of the folk hero of the Dithmarschen Farmer’s Republic... (Learn more)
The “second home” of the composer Johannes Brahms... (Learn more)
Home and work in the 19th century... (Learn more)
An architectural jewel from the year 1739... (Learn more)
The generous legacy of a wealthy lady... (Learn more)