Sylt Is Totally German, Looks English, And Speaks Danish (Too)

When arriving in (or on) Sylt you might find yourself rechecking your destination, thinking you’ve arrived at some English seaside town instead of being in the north of Germany in Schleswig-Holstein. More specifically the island of Sylt, which is also the northern most town in Germany.

Whatever your first impression will be, they say you couldn’t get here by car — only via air (Sylt Airport [SWT]), a shuttle train across the Hindenburgdamm or car ferries from the Danish island of Rømø. Oh, I guess you can get here by car then, after all. :-)

Because this is more of a beach community and a posh health resort, the North Sea is the biggest attraction (the biggest I said, not the only).

Join the festivities of a regatta, try windsurfing, or mudflat hiking. Haven’t heard of mudflat hiking? Oh, it’s easy… grab a guide (they know the high/low tide schedules) and walk out on the mudflats that were just covered by Sea. Yeah, pretty simple.

Walking’s also encouraged (well, it’s the only mode of transport) along the Pedestrian Zone filled with shops, restaurants, bistros, cafes, and a casino. I sure hope you’ve brought comfortable shoes (and your lucky rabbit’s foot). ;-)

Whether you’re wearing penny loafers or tennis shoes, you’ve got a lot more ground to cover. Sightseeing around Sylt includes a visit to the 17th century St. Niels Church, prehistoric burial mounds & looking for more traces that the Vikings were really here.

Sylt, being the proper seaside town, has a special graveyard for nameless sailors. And being a proper German town, it has a special Roland statue (though this one isn’t really “old” at all — built in 1917).

Then there are all the galleries and exhibitions for the countless artists and painters that call this place home. It doesn’t take but a minute to see how the creative types can be inspired here. Even if it looks a bit English. ;-)

 

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