Sylt – Sea. Passion. Life.

Sylt is more than an island. For many regular visitors to the island, it’s a philosophy. But what makes this small North Sea island so special?

The answers are as diverse as they are abundant: What makes Sylt so unique is the interplay of contrasts, which come together to create precisely what the island stands for: Sea. Passion. Life. Sylt is an exciting yet calm mixture of laissez-faire and savoir-vivre. The joie de vivre of a metropolis surrounded by unspoilt nature and peaceful sanctuaries. All places are holding an individual natural charm.

There are beautiful little hotels on the island decorated in the typical Frisian style with the impressive thatched roofs. Relax and unwind in one of these after a long walk along the beautiful, windy beaches of Sylt or after having enjoyed the beautiful nature. A large part of the island is safeguarded by law, one third of Sylt’s total area is covered by conversation zones and one third by nature reserves. And also in the evenings this island has lots to offer. Lovers of food and drink will find a lot of alternatives to choose from. There are not only well known Michelin starred restaurants, that offer excellent food, but you can also find nice beach- side bistros, where you can enjoy great food and an excellent view on the sea. 

Michael’s recommendations

Sylt has been my summer destination during my entire childhood. I remember long stays of 4-6 weeks, which felt like years for an 8 year old boy. Then Sylt and me needed a break for about 20 years and I returned the first time with my wife. Since then it made it back to my heart – and luckily to my wife´s heart as well.

The island is well known for the distinct shape of its shoreline. The northernmost German island is known for its notable tourist resorts Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup, as well as for its sandy beaches of 40 km length.

If you talk to Germans nearly everybody has it´s own special place on Sylt and while some heavily vote for Rantum or Keitum as the best area on Sylt, others might tell you the opposite. The good thing is that Sylt is so small that you can easily explore the entire island in a few days and get your own impressions.

Some personal hints:

  • Before booking a hotel, check whether you prefer the mainland coast or the opposite side facing the open sea. Personally, go for the open sea, because I love swimming, but beware that the water temperature even in summer is around I is around chilly mid 50s
  • The number of 5* properties is low, around 4-6 hotels are excellent and they are spread all over the island.
  • While Westerland is the main city with lots of hotels, restaurants and shops, I recommend to stay in a smaller village like Keitum (mainland coast) or at the top North in List or South of the island in Hoernum
  • Germans usually arrive by car and use a special train which connects the island with the mainland, this is a car train so they have the vehicle with them. For international visitors I recommend to fly from either Frankfurt or Munich, this is less than 1 hour.
  • For a typical German Coffee & Cake please visit the Kupferkanne in Kampen

Restaurant recommendations

In this 2 star restaurant, Johannes King and Jan-Philipp Berner offer regional cuisine, adapted to the different seasons. You can also enjoy the unique Sylter Royal Oyster. Enjoy the special atmosphere of this place while you can watch the dishes being prepared in the open kitchen.

This excellent restaurant is situated in the Fährhaus Hotel, which has a 150-year old tradition of being family run, and it is recognized as a symbol for hospitality on the island of Sylt.

Named after the founder of the hotel, the Käpt’n Selmer restaurant represents hospitality. In winter, the tiled stove offers warmth. In summer, you can enjoy the delicacies on the Victorian-style terrace with a view into the marina.

At the restaurant JM you will enjoy excellent food in a cozy Frisian atmosphere.  Regional dishes, best seafood and fish are being served in this beautifully decorated restaurant with its typical regional decoration.

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