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.
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.
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.
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.