The beach baskets of Sylt
Can anyone imagine travelling by car... in a train? And that’s exactly how (and actually the only way how) one can transport their car to the largest island of the German archipelago on the North See, the Sylt.
In the distant past, Sylt wasn’t an island. In the 14th century rapid storms have literally lugged it away from the land, severing it from the Jutland Peninsula. The people were stubborn and decided to take it back from the sea- even if just partially. In the 1920’s they constructed a well-known Hindenburg Dike, with a length of 11 km and they led a railway through there. Even the fact, that the island in some placed is only a couple hundred metres wide, wasn’t bothering them.
The Dike is closed to car traffic, so if one wanted to ride their own car on the island, they need to transport it by train. Eventually they can choose to travel by ferry.
The Queen of the North Sea
Sylt is situated by the western bank of Denmark. Like a long tongue it enters the sea of the length of 38, 5 km. It is the largest island of the Archipelago of the East Frisian Islands. Its beaches are many kilometres long, while the landscapes are breathtaking- but in a totally different way than the happy light-blue and the vivid green of the south of Europe. Around there are dunes and large amounts of grass. From time to time, the horizon is cut by the slender shape of the lighthouse, while the peace of the greens and greys are only disturbed by the redness of the cliffs.
This beauty is raw- and expensive. Sylt is visited by tourists with rather opulent wallets, because unfortunately the prices here aren’t from the cheapest. On the island there are 12 villages and in each and every one of them the visitor can spend a lot of money. On the other hand though, every Euro is well spent here.
The villages of the Sylt
The heart of the island that is often called the Queen of the North Sea is Westerland, a trade city, filled with dancing clubs, discos and bars. Here at every step one can feel luxury- some even consider it to be slightly snobbish. No matter what we say though, in Westerland one can rest in style, have a romantic picnic on the beach, go shopping in an exclusive boutique, spend numerous nights in clubs vibrating with the newest rhythms.
Totally different is Keitum, a town in which every vintage and romanticism lover will fall in love with. Here, life is slower, unhurried. Large amounts of flower beds cover the pleasant gardens of the nearby houses, cover in a thick layer of bulrush. It isn’t possible to walk on these streets without a smile on your face; this is how beautiful it is here.
According to many people, one of the most attractive towns of the island is Kampen, small but fine village. It is very elegant and consists of only guesthouses and hotels.
Luxury residences, bathing spots and guesthouses for the rich are available on the whole island. The most characteristic trait of Sylt aren’t these, but a few thousand of beach baskets standing next to each other on more than 30 km sand beach. Such an amazing view.
Where should we stay?
For those who would like to stay on the island for longer, they can sleep at Campingplatz Rantum Sylt. For a parking spot of a motorhome there one needs to pay 22, 50 euro daily, while a grown up person can stay overnight for 5 Euros. The stay of a child is the cost of about 3 Euros per day.
Travelling through Sylt, we can marvel at the landscapes, while eating yeast-cake with almonds. Hunger can be satisfied in Gourmet restaurants, while trying the dishes of the regional cuisine. Later we can go for a walk to Watten. There awaits us a slightly tiring expedition, with vast tracts of marine sediment and silt, which is uncovered by the sea twice daily. One should remember to take off their shoes- otherwise it will be destroyed.
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