In the 18. century Flensburg was one of the most important commercial ports of the Danish West Indies fleet. The ships set sails for the three Virgin Islands, at that time Danish property, in the West Indies: St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. The rum was being distilled on the islands (still is today), then shipped to Flensburg, where the strong brew was blended and refined. The brownish colour was attained by keeping the rum in wooden barrels. During the heydays of rum, Flensburg had more than 200 rum houses.
Would you like to know more about the interesting and unusual history of rum production? Feel free to ask our colleagues at the tourist information about our rum and sugar tours. We have public tours all year round with different themes, but mostly on the rum production and the stories behind it. Coming with a group, you might as well book a guided tour through the city, while you are at it; just pick your theme and date. A visit to a rum house and a sample of the liquid Nordic Gold will be included.
Rum Museum at the Schifffahrtsmuseum
Actually, in the days, the „Pure Rum“ was stored in the cellar vaults of the National Maritime Museum - the customs' old warehouse. Today, you will find the Rum Museum down here, situated in a modern multimedia-installation cellar. Here, you go on a trip to the past on a search of clues to Flensburg’s former significant and rich merchant families. It is a tale of adventure, of oceans, of the Danish West Indies, of the horrors of slavery, the shady side and the riches, that were brought to prospering Flensburg by means of rum and sugar.
Rum Houses Braasch ans Johannsen
TToday, only two rum houses are left to tell the story and keep on to the tradition of rum blending: One of them is the Wein- und Rumhaus Braasch in the Rote Straße, containing its own rum museum. This is an ideal place to pick up a great souvenir on your Flensburg vacation. Wednesday is the guided tour day at the museum. Of course, exploring the museum even by yourself, and learning about Flensburg in its rum-heydays, is easy.
The other is Rumhaus Johannsen at Marienstraße. This is the elder of the two. Here too, you can savour and purchase genuine Flensburg rum. There are guided tours to the production and the magazines.
Rum and Sugar Mile
Follow the signposted Rum and Sugar Mile to gain insights in Flensburg’s rum-history. Via 20 stations, the course will lead you through the old town in search of glory, fame, and shame of the rum-period. Affectionately tended merchants’ houses and office buildings in the old quarter stand tall, as imposing contemporary witnesses of bygone days. A great thing is, you are able to choose and conduct this tour according to your own mind - single, or in a group of people.