The rum city of Flensburg

The rum city of Flensburg

Caribbean gold

The history of rum in Flensburg as your finger tips.

Flensburg was one of the most important commercial ports for ships from the Danish West Indies fleet in the 18th century. They initially set out for the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, the former Danish West Indies islands of St Croix, St Thomas and St John. From there they brought raw rum – known as Killdevil – to the city, thus introducing residents to the original form of rum, a strong drink in the Danish West Indies. The many shanties surrounding the famous “Buddel Rum” testify to this. 

The rum was (and still is) distilled in the Caribbean. The Flensburg rum producers then blended and refined the strong, clear drink - which acquired its brownish colour from the wooden casks in which it was stored - for centuries to come. In its heyday, there were over 200 rum houses in Flensburg. Only two remain to carry the torch of tradition: the long-established Rumhaus Johannsen on Marienstraße and the Wein- & Rumhaus Braasch, located on Rote Straße along with its own rum museum. Here you will find the perfect souvenir from your holiday in Flensburg.

If you would like to learn or see more about the history of rum, just ask our colleagues at the Flensburg tourist information office about our city tours. We offer public tours on various topics – and on the history of rum in particular – all year round. Will you be arriving with a group? If so, book a private city tour for a topic and time of your choosing. Of course, your tour will also include a visit to a rum house for a sample of the “Caribbean gold of the north”. In addition, a tour of the Johannsen rum house takes place every Friday as well as a tour of the Braasch rum production museum every Wednesday during the season. 

Rum houses in Flensburg

Johannsen Rum
Marienstraße 6
24937 Flensburg
Phone: +49 461 25200

Wein- & Rumhaus Braasch
Rote Straße 26-28
24937 Flensburg
Phone: +49 461 141600