Friedrichstadt Old Town

Friedrichstadt Old Town


The "little Dutch town" in Schleswig-Holstein

The North Frisian town of Friedrichstadt was founded in 1621 by Duke Friedrich III and is now an official cultural monument of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. With the aim of establishing a trading metropolis, he deliberately brought Dutch citizens to the town during his reign and granted them religious freedom. This is where the name “City of Tolerance” comes from. In the old town there are many buildings of the Dutch brick Renaissance as well as canals – these features earned the town the nickname “little Dutch town”. In the middle of the town, which is designed in a chequerboard pattern, is the Mittelburggraben, which separates the southern Vorderstadt with square plots from the northern Hinterstadt with rectangular plots.


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