Garding ( Low German: yarn, Gaarn ) is a town in the district of North Friesland Schleswig -Holstein.

  • 6.1 events
  • 6.2 Sports
  • 7.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 7.2 Connected to Garding

Geography and transport

The city, which is enclosed as a health resort by the community parish Garding, situated on a ridge of ( dune ) in the center of eiderstedt Peninsula. Garding is the economic center of this landscape. The commissioning of the railway line Husum - Bad St. Peter -Ording to Garding took place in 1892, the extension to St. Peter followed until June 24, 1932. Through Garding leads as another transport connection the federal highway 202


Garding probably existed even before the church was founded in 1109 with a similar name. The place itself was called to 1187 in a deed of the Archbishop of Lund for the first time by name. 1231 mentions the Waldemar - Erdbuch Giaethningheret that Gardingharde. 1300 the site was mentioned as Gherdinghe, also appeared the spellings Gerdingen ( 1438 ) and Gardingk ( 1509 ) on. These different spellings may also be associated with the development of the vernacular in Garding and eiderstedt.

Since 1575 there is a weekly market which is held every Tuesday until today.

The city was chartered Garding - awarded by Johann Adolf ( Schleswig -Holstein - Gottorp ) - October 12, 1590 at about the same time as Husum ( 1603) and Tonning (1590).

For centuries possessed Garding a port which influenced the city and the economic life of certain. As a port city Garding had after completion of the Norder and Southshore boat trip around 1612 through the ports Katingsiel and Tonning. Almost to the beginning of the 20th century trade links to England and other countries The port itself was filled in 1912.

From 1867 to 1959, Garding seat of a local court.

On January 1, 2006, the city gave up their Garding Amtsfreiheit and joined the Office eiderstedt.


The old town is clustered around the church, on the run in the streets of a star. The St.-Christians-/St.-Bartholomäus-Kirche is in Gardings center on an eleven -meter-high mound, the highest elevation of Eiderstedt. The church tower is still the highest point Eiderstedt and served long as a navigation mark.

The body of the organ dates from the Gothic period. The organ case, so the body of the organ, of 1512, is the oldest in Northern Europe or Northern Germany. The former Gothic tall pointed roof of the church was at a renovation in 1854 replaced by a better fitting into the landscape and above all, less wind -prone, lower.

The church dates back to the nave, built in 1117, cross-shaped brick church St. Christian. She was originally the St. Mary Magdalene, Christian and Bartholomew. The church was rebuilt to 1488 in the period from 1483 to a two-aisled Gothic hall church, where a ship male and a ship was used by the female worshipers.

After Hermann Tast had in 1524 still held the first Reformation sermon Eiderstedt on the marketplace, the Reformation did by Christian III. from Denmark to 1527 in the region through. This is visible in the church at the broken altar plate with the inscription " Hic sunt reliquiae reconditae " ( This is where the relics are kept ).

1563 built the church in the church pulpit. Today it is the oldest pulpit Eiderstedt and was with her hexagonal plan as a model of almost all other pulpits in the land. The oldest movement of Schleswig-Holstein was formerly associated with a Uhrschlagmännchen and a St. George's character who fights with a dragon. The three -leaf paintings altar, the " masterpiece of Mannerism in Schleswig -Holstein", created by the Dutch- Tönninger painter Marten van Achten, who later became court painter at Gottorp Castle was.

On the square next to the church are the Theodor Mommsen Museum, which is the community center of the Protestant church today, as well as the "Old City Hall ". This building was built in 1825 Johann Ingwersen. Ingwersen was the last Staller Eiderstedt, a Danish official, who united and on behalf of the Duchy exercised both administrative affairs, taxation but also the judiciary in his own person. Ingwersen lived in this house until 1885, seven years later it was bought by the town of Garding and set up a their town hall. Meanwhile, it is empty in this function, because the seat of the mayor was transferred to the Office eiderstedt in the Welterstraße. The town hall was rebuilt in 2005 as a cultural center, which among other the Heimatbund are housed with archives and the Association of Artists "Art Air " with exhibition spaces.

St. Christian Church look to the altar

St. Christian Church looking west

St. Christian Church altar of Marten van Make

St. Christian Church Gothic vault

St. Christian Church baptismal font

St. Christian Church cover of baptism

St. Christian Church organ with Gothic housing


In the list of cultural monuments in Garding are registered in the list of monuments of Schleswig- Holstein cultural monuments.


The Municipal Corporation

  • Since the local elections of 2008, the CDU had eight seats, the SPD and five voters Community WI80 and the SSW two seats in the 17 -member town council.
  • In the local elections on May 26, 2013, the CDU came to 44.9 % of the vote and eight seats. The SPD reached 40.9 % seven seats. Two seats were traded on the SSW at 14.3%. The turnout was 47.2 percent.


For the election period 2013-2018 Ranjet Biermann (CDU ) was re-elected mayor.

Coat of arms

Blazon: "In Blue, accompanied below by a golden chalice, the golden haloed Silver Lamb of God, who shouldered flag of victory holding the right front: On golden, above expiring in a cross rod, a silver, terminating in two lobes banner with red, continuous cross. "



Since 1975, takes place annually in late July a specialty market of Eiderstedter rural women around the church. In addition to delicacies from eiderstedt round craft offers from the market.

The " Musicians Exchange", a music event, will take place on Tuesday evenings, eight in July and August. Within the concert series "Music in the churches Eiderstedt " place during the summer months in St. Christian Church in the center Gardings constantly concerts ( classical and jazz) foreign musicians instead.

In the "old Staller House " represents the artist group "Art Air " permanent changing exhibitions of works by their members before.


The TSV Garding of 1865 eV offers the divisions football, handball, table tennis, gymnastics, heart, nordic walking, sports badges and swimming at a wide range of activities. The football division forms, together with the SV Tönninger the gaming community ( SG) eiderstedt. As sports venues, the three country hall, two school gyms, sports court and two practice sites are used.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903), historian and Nobel laureate; since 1895 Honorary Citizen of Garding ( permanent exhibition in the Town Hall )
  • Tycho Mommsen (1819-1900), writer and secondary school principal
  • Christian Adolf Wallichs (1831-1922), the Reichstag and Landtag
  • Richard Petersen (1865-1946), engineer, technical manager for the construction of the Wuppertal suspension railway
  • John Jessen (1880-1945), clergyman and translator of the Bible into Low German
  • Rolf Büttner (* 1949), trade unionists
  • Peter -Jürgen Boock (* 1951), writer and ex- RAF Terrorist

Connected to Garding

  • Hans- Alwin Ketel (* 1913), farmer and politician (CDU ), lives in Garding
  • Knut Kiesewetter ( born 1941 ), singer and musician, grew up in Garding