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Dusenddüwelswarf with a memorial

The Dusenddüwelswarf ( Low German for: "Tausendteufelswarft") is a terp in Dithmarschen and the location of the central state monument.


The monument, which is supposed to commemorate the Battle of Hemmingstedt (1500), was designed by the Kiel architect Wilhelm Voigt (1857–1916) and inaugurated on February 17, 1900, but the first plans dated back to the 350th anniversary of the battle. The inhabitants of Meldorf , who had brought up the idea, were prevented from carrying out their plans by the turmoil of the 1848 revolution. The idea was finally taken up again by the board of the Meldorfer Museum Goos. His committee finally gave Voigt, whose design prevailed against two other designs, the order for the monument.

Voigt placed a boulder in the center of his work and had the Dithmarscher motto attached to the north side :

Be careful, Guard, the farmer who comes. 

On the back is the inscription

February 17/1500 1900

to read. The boulder, the weight of which is estimated at 25 tons, sometimes 35 to 40 tons, comes from Barlter Vierth, around twelve kilometers away. It is supported by four pillars made of ashlar. This centerpiece of the complex is surrounded by low walls with battlements and loopholes and can be reached via stairs.

Research has now shown that the monument is not at the point where the Dithmarsch farmers, led by Wulf Isebrand , managed to stop the advance of the Holstein-Danish Black Guard on February 17, 1500. It is probably a few hundred meters from the right place. In 1949 the former Schanzgraben was believed to have been found, but this excavation result has meanwhile been questioned.

There is a pavilion near the memorial where you can find out more about the Battle of Hemmingstedt using texts and dioramas .

Commemorative medals were issued on both the 400 and 500 year anniversary of the battle victory , each depicting the Dusenddüwelswarf. Dusenddüwelswarf is also the location of the fifth scene of the play Say good night to the king or The old song of freedom by Heiner Egge .

See also


  • Heinz-Detlef Theen: Monument! Journal for the preservation of monuments in Schleswig-Holstein, volume 9. Boyens & Co., Heide 2002, ISBN 3-8042-0906-8

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. February 17, 1500: Where was the hill? Museum of Archeology and Ecology Dithmarschen

Coordinates: 54 ° 7 '34.6 "  N , 9 ° 3' 21.8"  E