Husum is the capital of the district Nordfriesland in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. It was the birthplace of the novelist Theodor Storm, who coined the epithet “the grey town by the sea”. It is also home to the annual international piano festival Raritäten der Klaviermusik (Rarities of Piano Music) founded in 1986.. Husum was first mentioned in 1252.
Gengenbach in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany is a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest). It’s known for its traditional Alemanic “fasnacht”, (“Fasend”), a kind of historically influenced celebration of carnival, where tradition is followed, from wearing costumes with carved wooden masks to clapping with a “Ratsche” (a traditional-classic wooden “sound-producing” toy). Gengenbach has a a picturesque, traditional, medieval town centre (“Altstadt”). The town has the world’s biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 “windows” of an Advent calendar. The town also hosts a department of The Graduate School of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. The nearest cities are Offenburg, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, and Strasbourg/France.