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Sankt Peter-Ording


Sankt Peter-Ording (North Frisian St. Peter-Urdem) is a municipality in the district of North Friesland in Schleswig-Holstein. It is the only German seaside resort to have its own sulfur spring and is therefore known as the “North Sea Health and Sulfur Bath”. According to the number of overnight stays, Sankt Peter-Ording is the leading seaside resort in Schleswig-Holstein.



Sankt Peter-Ording is made up of several formerly separate districts. The name of the village of St. Peter is first mentioned in a document from 1373. The place was previously called Ulstrup. The name of the Church of St. Peter was later used as a place name because Ulstrup had lost a lot of land to the North Sea. There is evidence that the Vikings settled in this area. Süderhöft / Böhl gave up its independence after the storm surge of 1553 and was united with Sankt Peter.

Ording and Sankt Peter were churchly united as early as 1867, while the municipal merger to Sankt Peter-Ording did not take place until January 1, 1967. On April 26, 1970 the community became part of the new North Friesland district. Until then, it had belonged to what was then the Eiderstedt district.

Due to the constant flight of sand, fishing could never establish itself in Sankt Peter-Ording, as no port could be created due to the drifts. Agriculture, on which the population at that time lived, often did not yield enough, as the lands were often salinated or silted up by flooding.

In earlier times, wreckers, the Hitzlöper, could be seen after the flood. They searched the flotsam for anything useful. Valuable items were often withheld from the beach bailiff because of the taxes required.

In particular, the shifting dunes used to bother the residents. The orders had to give up their church twice after having regularly had to shovel their way to church services for decades. Planting began in 1860 on the instructions of the Danish king, who ruled over the Duchy of Schleswig until 1864. At that time the border was formed by the river Eider. After the Austro-Prussian War from 1867, the district of Sankt Peter belonged to the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein.

The first beginnings as a seaside resort began in 1877 when the first hotel was built. In 1913 the first sanatorium was built. Half a century later, more rehabilitation facilities were built after a strong iodine brine spring was found in 1953 and in 1958 it was officially recognized as a North Sea spa and sulfur bath.

The first of the characteristic pile dwellings on the beach was built in 1911 and was called "Giftbude" because there was wat gift ("something"). Among connoisseurs, it meant cognac in particular. The transport connections have also been gradually improved. The first pier on Ordinger Strand was built in 1926, followed by a railway line to Husum in 1932. A better road connection was made possible by the construction of the Eider Barrage.

St. Peter-Ording was the location of several film and television productions, including Jan Delay - Somehow, Somewhere, Sometime, Scooter - One (Always Hardcore), Against the Wind, The Hunt for the Amber Room and Now or Never. In 2011, outdoor shots for the film Rubbeldiekatz (directed by Detlev Buck) were shot in the Bad an der Seebrücke district; around 200 extras were used.