The beach grass sways gently in the breeze and the sun bathes the island in a soft light. Sylt, the largest North Frisian island, captivates again and again and not only attracts the rich and beautiful to the far north. It extends in a north-south direction off the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark and has been connected to the mainland by the 11 kilometre long Hindenburgdamm since 1927. The island with its long, slender silhouette draws visitors with both its exclusive lifestyle and closeness to nature. One in two of the approximately one hundred square kilometres is protected by landscape and nature conservation. The tidal flats on the eastern side are part of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. With culture, wellness, sport as well as cuisine awarded with Michelin stars and Gault Millau toques, Sylt offers a varied mix for connoisseurs and explorers. This includes places of tranquillity or vibrant life that impress walkers, water sports enthusiasts or golfers alike.
The fascination of Sylt: a tour to the maritime hotspots
Off to sea – whether it's the rough surf on the west side or the calm Wadden Sea in the east, everyone will find the right oasis for relaxation on the famous North Sea island. Special highlights are most certainly the sometimes rustic, sometimes exclusive Sylt bistros by the sea, which invite you to take a break time and time again. Every place from the northern to the southern tip reveals its own unique charm.
From Rantum's hilltops and dunes, your gaze can wander from the surf in the west to the calm Wadden Sea in the east, because the seas are only about 600 metres apart. The Sylt spring gushes out of nature there and there is a bird sanctuary rich in different species to the north. Culture vultures get their money's worth at the Meerkabarett. The Strandmuschel, Tadjem Deel, the Samoa Seepferdchen and the famous Sansibar also provide relaxation with regional cuisine in the fresh sea air.
Fresh and a hint of the sea Germany's only oyster farm is located in the Blidsel Bay off List. The "Sylter Royal" oyster is very popular with connoisseurs. The taste is described as mildly nutty and not very salty. But it's not just the shellfish breeding that is unique, at the northern end of the island are Germany's only shifting sand dunes, which are up to 1,000 metres long and 35 metres high. Right on the Oststrand promenade is the L.A. Sylt – Lister Austernperle, but the Wonnemeyer hosts also offer fresh Sylt cuisine in the Weststrandhalle in the west. The A-ROSA Sylt offers a front row seat. Whether it's an active, wellness or short holiday: the A-ROSA Sylt promises the very best recreation surrounded by the nature around List, which is shaped by the elements. Inspired by the tradition of classic North Sea and Baltic seaside resorts, it is a retreat with breathtaking sea views and healing sea air. For active holidaymakers and wellness fans there are a wide range of sports activities and the 3,500 m² SPA area with original Thalasso Centre.
In the far south, the fresh breeze revives the senses during a walk around the Hörnum Odde. You can observe the hustle and bustle from the red and white lighthouse, where you can also get married with a small wedding party. The Kap-Horn beach bistro and the Südkap will delight you with their fresh cuisine and wide views.
Westerland combines a trendy lifestyle with maritime flair. So there are always cultural events with live music by the sea. As the coast off Westerland is a popular surfing area, fans of the high waves on Sylt come here every year. Because with more than 200,000 spectators the "Windsurf World Cup Sylt" is the world's biggest competition endowed with the highest winnings of EUR 120,000 for windsurfing pros on the Professional Windsurfers Association World Tour. It has been held annually at the end of September in Westerland on Brandenburg Beach since 1984. It's not just the athletes that treat themselves to breaks at the Seenot, Sunset-Beach, Badezeit or Strandoase beach restaurants then.
Small, lovely with a diverse landscape, that's Kampen. In addition to the luxury shopping street and exceptional nightlife, the beach, heath, reeds and tidal flats offer a great deal of variety for those seeking relaxation and sports. Guests at ODIN DELI can enjoy the sunset over Sylt relaxing with a glass of wine in their hands. The restaurant recently redesigned by Sigrid Rothbart and Jörn Steffen with its South African-inspired cuisine has what is probably the island's largest wine cellar with fine wines from the Cape of Good Hope. Bistro Buhne 16 has been creating a relaxed atmosphere for its guests right on the beach since 1981. Kaamps 7 also fascinates with wonderful views of the beach.
The old captain's village of Keitum, which was the capital of the island of Sylt until the middle of the 19th century, surprises with its idyllic narrow streets and alleys lined with old trees. Historic thatched captain's houses with picturesque farm gardens are hidden behind so-called Frisian walls. The gems of Frisian architecture are waiting to be discovered on a walk through the village, which is still nicknamed "The green heart of the island". If you want to get an insight into the history of Sylt, you have another good reason to visit Keitum. Because the so-called "Old Frisian House" from 1737, which has been run as a museum since 1907, still shows the original use and construction of the buildings typical for the island today. Equipped with true-to-original furniture, the museum gives an idea of the way of life on Sylt in days gone by. The Benen-Diken-Hof is a place of retreat in hectic times today. The hotel and holiday homes privately run by the Johannsen family offer peace and quiet under a thatched roof and attentive, discreet service. With its history, Frisian country house style and sincere hospitality, the Benen-Diken-Hof is considered to be the most authentic hotel on Sylt.