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Loegumkloster

Barrels are the largest city

Barrels are of the many towns in the area. It is the municipality's largest city and attracts many tourists every year.

Barrels are an old town

Barrels are rich in many things, and especially in history. In fact, Barrels can be dated back to the 1300s.

Barrels are a trading town

Barrels have always been a trading town, which is due to Vidåen. Today, Tønder is still a good trading town, as there is plenty of opportunity for shopping

Loegumkloster

Løgum Monastery is the city known for its beautiful chimes and the old monastery church, both of which can be found in the middle of the city center.

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The town of Løgumkloster

Løgumkloster, commonly called Kloster, is a town with just over 3,500 inhabitants, located 17 km north of Tønder and today belongs to the municipality of Tønder. The enduring center, with its greenery and many white long houses, testifies to the development since the 1600s, when the town went from village with farms and homemakers to a so-called spot - a small town, with its own authority and the right to trade and crafts as well. Inspired by the cultural heritage of the Middle Ages, Løgumkloster has since 1960 developed into a national ecclesiastical and cultural center with its own refugium, folk high school, art museum, bell games, church music school and Folkekirkens Education and Knowledge Center. Løgumkloster also houses two secondary schools.

The story behind the city

Løgum is a derivation of Løghar, meaning "soil with streams" or "swamp". The name comes from the fact that several streams run around the town, which run west of Løgumkloster and together form Brede Å. In the beginning, the town only went by the name of Løgum. The last part of the town's name came about 1173, when white monks, named Cistercians, arrived in the area at Brede Å to form a monastery. The site was well-chosen, seeking a rural location with many streams and large forests, which is why Løgumkloster was the ideal place to build a monastery - and hence the name.

A market town

Løgumkloster was and is a market town. Previously, there were five major markets in and around the city. Those days were of great importance for code writing and many buyers from both home and abroad came to the city market. Especially from southern Germany, came buyers who bought horses for "war use". There was a great deal of trade and many came with horses from afar, which is why Løgumkloster for centuries has been known as a market town. Still, to this day, the big market, the "Klostermärken", fills the city every year in August.

Places to visit in Løgumkloster

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Abbey church

Around 1173, a number of monks from the Cistercian Order arrived in the city to build a monastery. Because of the city's good location, the monks could be allowed to work in agriculture, fisheries and mills, and in the monastery garden they could have medicinal herbs and fresh vegetables. 

The monks called the place Locus Dei, meaning the place of God.

They made their church a miracle in red-burnt brick and today is one of the most beautiful Cistercian churches in the North and Baltic Sea area.

With the Reformation in the 16th century, however, monk life ended in Løgumkloster, but the church life continued in the Evangelical-Lutheran edition. As a unique testimony of Cistercian spirituality, the church has become the inspirational hub for new ecclesiastical and cultural initiatives and institutions that, together with other initiatives, characterize the Løgum monastery today.

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Museum islets

Holmen is an old family farm, which in 1971 was designed as an exhibition venue for visual arts. Today, the museum is a small place, with a well-functioning framework for disseminating art. The Museum Holmen presents small, unique highlights in art and culture, parallel to the flat Wadden Sea as well as the yards and dikes of the marshland. There is a focus on contemporary art - especially in the intersection of life expression, modernity and Christianity.

The old family farm has since 1971 provided a framework for a number of exhibitions with both nationally and internationally recognized artists. John Lennon, Maja Lisa Engelhardt, Peter Brandes, Günther Grass, HM Queen Margrethe II and most recently Hans Tyrrestrup.

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King Frederick IX's Clock Game

With its 49 bells, cast by Royal Bellfoundry Petit & Fritsen, in the Netherlands, King Frederik IX's Clock Game in Løgumkloster is the largest clock game in the Nordic region. 

The chime was built in the year 1973 and automatically plays six times daily with single verses from hymns and songs. When you visit Løgumkloster you can therefore, several times a day enjoy the beautiful bell game beautiful sound that is to be heard around the city.

The two biggest bells carry verses by Queen Margrethe the Other: 

"Ninth Frederick's name my ornament / The glory of God and praise the sound of my voice / In the land of Denmark from north to south" and "King's name / God in honor / Denmark's song / My voice be". 

There are also occasional concerts with manual games and are used by the bachelor's program at Løgumkloster Church Music School.

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Løgumkloster Central Hotel

Løgumkloster central hotel is an old hotel which unfortunately does not accept overnight accommodation, but on the contrary they cook really delicious old Danish food. In fact, the Central Hotel is especially known for their steak sandwich which always impresses.

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Crisis captures the graves

South of Løgumkloster there was a major prisoner of war during World War I. Today, the camp itself is level with the ground and the area is planted with trees - but a related burial ground still exists today. At the burial ground, among other things, Russian prisoners of war who were the victims of a typhoon epidemic.

There is access to the Crisis Graves from Industrivej, via a smaller gravel road, called War Prison Road.

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Draved forest

Draved Forest and Kongens Mose are located just south of Løgumkloster and contain large areas with the original southern Jutland forest vegetation. For historical reasons, Draved Forest is one of the most genuine natural forests in Denmark. Since the year 2000, the entire forest has remained untouched, making it the largest contiguous area of untouched forest in Denmark. 

The King's Moss, located west of Draved Forest, is one of the country's largest high bogs. Over time, the moss has been extensively used for peat digging and cultivation, but there are still remains of untouched highland moss in the southern parts. 

In Draved Forest and the King's Moss, conservation of the untouched forest and the management of open natural areas are the highest priority. In the untouched forest, only nature prevails, and this creates a unique opportunity to experience native Danish nature and follow its beautiful development.

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Vongshøj

 

Vongshøj is southern Jutland's highest point. At the top of Løgumbjerge, located just north of Løgumkloster, lies a group of about 50 burial mounds, including Vongshøj. Vongshøj is, like the highest burial mound, and is adorned by a 5 meter high lookout tower. An old legend tells that the giant Vong is buried inside the mound. At the lookout tower, which is 67 meters above sea level, there is free view of the landscape and this view of moorland and hill islands is a unique sight. On a clear day you can see the dunes on the west of Rømø and Herring and to the south you see Tønder and Tinglev. Also on the east you can see the hill scenery at Aabenraa and to the north you can see the Ribe Cathedral's tower.

On starry nights you can even glimpse the glare from the lighthouse at Blåvandshuk.

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