Sylt: unspoiled shores of Germany

Far to the north of Germany on the shores of the North Sea is the beautiful and tiny island of Sylt.  The island is only 40 kilometers long and is 99 square kilometers in total, and is very popular with visitors thanks to its stunning sandy beaches.

Frisian paradise

Anyone who is looking for an ideal family holiday venue should look no further than the island of Sylt.  It’s an easy matter to travel to the island following the construction of the Hindenburg Causeway that connects the island to mainland Germany.  The causeway is a rail track and it takes around 35 minutes to travel from the mainland to the island.  Cars can be transported on the train.

Those families that enjoy outdoor activities, including wind surfing and beach volleyball will love the laid-back atmosphere of beach life on the island.  In high summer the Brandenburg fun beach, close to the island’s main town of Westerland holds weekly beach Olympics for those who enjoy this type of activity. Another excellent beach for families is Hornum on the south west of the island and those who wish can go and explore the nearby lighthouse.  To the north of the island, is the beach of Wenningstedt which is famous for its long beach but also for a model ship where children are encouraged to go and explore and have fun. Wheelchair users are also welcome to the island and there are special viewing points at the Red Cliff to the north of the promontory.

Villages

Sylt is also famous for its beautiful and tranquil villages.  Anyone who has traveled to the island via Lufthansa flights to Hamburg and then made their way northwards towards the island can easily rent a bike on arrival and explore this idyllic place.  Keitum has some of the best examples of the thatched cottage local architecture and has the added bonus that it is on the shores of the Wadden Sea. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. This part of the island is ideal for families with small children, as the sea is very calm and there is no danger of strong currents or high waves.  For visitors that want to discover more about this part of Germany’s unusual folk customs, then a trip to the annual bike burning celebration in February is essential.  This festival is held to mark the end of winter and visitors are very welcome to attend.

Wine and dine

As well as being popular with families, Sylt has gained a reputation for the high quality of its restaurants.  Michelin star establishments abound and if the budget should stretch to a culinary treat then a trip to Restaurant Morsum Kliff, in the oldest part of the island, should offer an evening of unsurpassed enjoyment.  This unique eatery serves cakes during the day and in the evening offers a more sophisticated menu for food lovers. Another excellent café to visit is the 70-year-old Kupferkanne that’s close to Kampen and offers unrivalled views across the Wadden Sea.  Try some of the café’s delicious fresh coffee accompanied by mouth-watering cakes and then go for a wonderful wander in the pine groves to walk off the tasty snack.

 
 

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