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    Winter Beach Walks

    by King_Golo Updated Mar 26, 2014
    Alone on the beach on a January day

    Is there any better way to recharge one's batteries than a walk along a beach? I doubt it! Fortunately, Sylt offers plenty of opportunities to do that. The 40km long beach on its west side is the perfect spot for some long walks, for instance from the sea esplanade in Westerland up to Wenningstedt or even Kampen. The former amounts to some 4km, the latter to roughly double the distance. With Westerland being the island's capital, the beach here will be quite crowded. If you prefer lonelier beaches, just choose a spot further north or south. Near the north tip of the island, you will hardly meet anybody anymore.
    We went to Sylt in winter, so there were fewer people than in summer when the island can become quite crowded. The allurement of a winter beach walk is that not only you can enjoy views on the sea and the dunes but also that the bracing climate (Reizklima in German) makes you breathe more freely and is also good for the skin. It may sound a bit cliché, but we met an 82-year old man on one of the beaches who looked not older than 62. He said he has never been ill since moving to Sylt shortly after the second World War. According to him, this was due to his coming to the beach every morning and evening and his swimming in the sea every morning from May to September. Be that as it may, we found our beach walks very refreshing and reinvigorating.

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    Lighthouses

    by King_Golo Written Jan 12, 2014

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    Despite its rather small size, Sylt has four "real" lighthouses. There's also a smaller so-called "Quermarkenfeuer" which was decommissioned in 1975. The real lighthouses are:

    Leuchtturm Hörnum (Hörnum Lighthouse)
    Built in 1907, this is the island's youngest lighthouse and probably the most easily visible as well as it doesn't timidly hide in the dunes but proudly stands guard in the middle of the village of Hörnum. Not only is it Sylt's junior, it's also the brightest and the only one that can be visited. Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm the lighthouse opens its doors to interested visitors who can then climb up to the platform. Reservations can be made via www.hoernum.de or at 0049 (0)4651 96 26 0. Hörnum's Lighthouse also served as a school in the period during the world wars - for just five pupils!

    Leuchtturm Kampen (Kampen Lighthouse)
    From Sylt's junior to its senior: Kampen's lighthouse was built in 1856 and is also the highest lighthouse on Sylt. High as in "on a high spot" - it's located on the Rotes Kliff (Red Cliff). The lighthouse used to be open to the public, but unfortunately isn't anymore. However, nearby Uwedüne is a good substitute.

    Leuchtturm List-West und List-Ost (Lighthouse List-West and List-East)
    The twin lighthouses on the List Elbow are probably the most archetypical lighthouses. Both of them are red-and-white, both of them have a "hat", a cute kind of roof. List-West is the northernmost building of Germany. Built in the late 1850s, they have served to protect ships from the shallows north of Sylt ever since then. However, just like their colleagues further south, they don't have a lighthouse keeper anymore. Since 1977, all of Sylt's lighthouses are remote-controlled from the mainland.

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    Delightful Hörnum

    by King_Golo Written Jan 12, 2014
    H��rnum's Lighthouse
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    Hörnum is Sylt's southernmost village, and according to the island's website also its windiest point. Above all, however, it's a village as delightful as possible. Scattered over the vast sand dunes of the Hörnum Odde, a nature reserve since 1972, are the reed-covered houses of the village. Unlike in the other villages, Hörnum's houses are not exactly close to each other. In some areas, it's more like there's one house per dune which gives the village a very nice character. Narrow tracks wind through the dunes and connect these singular houses.
    The busier part of Hörnum is the area near the harbour. There's a small yacht club and a very small shopping street with two or three places to eat. Most people, however, seem to stick to the seafront and parade by Hörnum's landmark, its lighthouse. Built in 1907, the 33m high lighthouse is Hörnum's best visible sight. Curiously enough, the lighthouse didn't always serve exclusively as a lighthouse. Between the world wars, it was the parish school - and classes took place in 30m height! Moreover, it became famous as Germany's smallest school as only up to five pupils swotted there.
    Hörnum's other main attraction are its beaches. They suffered considerable damage in the 2013 hurricane "Xaver" and are, due to their exposed position, often battered by strong winds. Still, they make for a very nice place to enjoy a beach walk or some swimming.

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    Germany's northernmost point

    by King_Golo Written Jan 9, 2014

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    The western lighthouse on the Elbow

    The curiously-shaped northern hook of Sylt, aptly named the List Elbow (Lister Ellenbogen) is Germany's northernmost point. This alone would justify a visit, but there's more to it. First and foremost, it's a wonderful nature reserve with lots of dunes and spectacular panoramic views aplenty. Then there are two cute lighthouses which are visible from nearly everywhere from the Elbow and make for some great photo opportunities. The east side of the Elbow is part of the Wadden Sea NP and must not be entered. The west side is made up by Sylt's 40km long sandy beach and consequently a great place for a swim or beach walk. List Elbow can only be accessed via a toll road (€ 5 per car, larger vehicles cost more), but cyclists and hikers can enter it for free.

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    Uwedüne: Sylt's highest point

    by King_Golo Written Jan 9, 2014
    View from Uwed��ne towards Kampen's lighthouse

    Uwedüne is conveniently located in the middle of the island, in the very posh village of Kampen. At 52.5m above sea level, it's the highest point of the island and makes for great panoramic views in all directions. When the weather conditions are good, you can see both the northernmost tip near List and the southernmost tip in Hörnum from up here. Uwedüne is accessed by means of 120 rather steep steps, so take care when climbing up and down. By the way, "Uwe" is a German first name. As a matter of fact, the dune is named after one Uwe Jens Lornsen, a 19th century fighter for a unified Schleswig-Holstein.

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    THE place to be in Westerland: Sylter Welle

    by King_Golo Written Jan 8, 2014

    If for whatever reason you were to spend your time on Sylt exclusively in Westerland, this should be your main port of call! Sylter Welle (Sylt Wave) is a huge waterpark with an even better sauna. Germans, unlike Finns, enjoy a visit to the sauna mainly to relax, so most "sauna landscapes" as we often call them (Saunalandschaften in German) are created to make that possible. Sylter Welle does a very good job at this. It's open daily from 10am - 10pm, so there's no excuse to not go there.

    The waterpark consists of a wave basin with artificially generated waves (every 20 minutes for 10 minutes), three waterslides, a fun pool with a flow passage and several massage nozzles, an outside pool with a view of the North Sea as well as a baby pool. The slides and the wave basin in particular make this part of Sylter Welle highly enjoyable, also for families.

    The sauna landscape consists of seven (!) different saunas - Finnish style, Viking style, Ottoman style... -, several small pools, a whirlpool, a tropical shower, two silent rooms and a sauna garden which also allows great views of the North Sea. As a matter of fact, the sea is just in front of you: not even 100m away! All pools in both the waterpark and the sauna area are filled with salt water which makes for an interesting experience as well. My favourite sauna was the Finnish style sauna where a sauna master pours flavoured water over the heated stones once every hour. While sweating inside you can enjoy spectacular views of - guess what - the North Sea outside, as this sauna has a huge window to one side. I think you will hardly find a nicer place to enjoy a cold winter's day.

    One note on the usage of a German public sauna: it's a textile-free area, meaning everybody around you will be wearing their birthday suits. The only thing you need is a huge towel (aptly called sauna towel) and in case it's your first visit to a sauna some courage. But I promise you won't regret it.

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    VISIT KEITUM

    by janvanommen Written Aug 10, 2010

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    Magnificent Friesian homes and quaint Thatched roofs, rustic stone walls and winding paths, the silhouette of the dike on the south and north of the Wadden Sea: Keitum isn unquestionably one of the most beautiful villages on Sylt . Once the retirement home for Sylter Masters contends that the secluded place today, the apt nickname "The green heart of the island".

    Among many Keitum thatched roofs blowing the breath of history: Some of the houses are old to 200 years and a symbol of a time when it brought the Sylt by whaling to prosperity. For the roofing used has always been reed stalks, which are sutured carefully in layers on the roof.
    Discover the beauty of the romantic village on a leisurely stroll or in the summer at its finest. Keitum invites you to relax in comfortable cafes and shopping in exclusive boutiques and galleries. Fine dining in the evening to ask to dinner, where some of them have specialized in the delicacies of the sea.
    The Severin-church outside the village is also worth a visit.

    Take a rest on one of the many benches alonside the Waddensea, and enjoy the dance of the
    Seaugulls abouve the sea.

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    CYCLING OVER THE DIKE TO KEITUM

    by janvanommen Written Aug 10, 2010

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    Cycling on Sylt is fun.
    Startingpoint for this route is the harbour-kiosk in Rantum.
    You can start here with a fresh cup of coffe, or f.i. thea, and then on the top of the dike cycle
    to the left on the dike.
    On your left hand the Rantum-becken. This lake was made for the waterplanes in the
    earlier years of 1930.
    And on your right hand the Waddensea. Many birds will fly with you when your on the dike.
    Almost at the end of the dike you are heading straight for Keitum. The churchtower will be
    clearly seen. You can cross the railway at Klöwenhoog on your left, or at the Keitum-station
    on your right.
    For the way back take the cyclepath trough Tinnum.

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    CYCLING OVER THE OLD RAILWAY PATH

    by janvanommen Written Aug 10, 2010
    Rantum, The oldwailway path starts here
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    Cycling on Sylt is fun.
    Enjoy the sceneric landscape when you cycle to the south. On the right hand the dunes, and on your left hand magnificient views on the wadden sea.
    When you start in Westerland there are nice cycle-path along the road.
    Take from Rantum to Hörnum the gravelpath that follows the old railway path to the south.
    The gravel is ok for bycycles and goes alongside the coastline.

    Tired of cycling? make a stopover at Sansibar
    Its is only a few meters to the mainroad where you can take the busroute to the south
    or just the way back.
    The bycycles go on the back of the busses.

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    Walk at low tide on the seabottom

    by janvanommen Written Aug 8, 2010

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    Birds, birds, birds, and.........birds
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    Next to the harbour of Rantum, on the outside of the dyke, you can find a naturewalk on the waddensea.
    Here you meet the birds and seagulls, and you have a nice view on the sea.
    On your right hand there are the white houses of Rantum, on your left the sea.
    Special vegitation is find here, and you can walk here enjoying the landscape.
    Tip:
    In case the mist come from the sea, walk always to the white houses

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    Sunsets1

    by blagarrett99 Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    Day is done.

    I am from the East Coast of the USA and had not experienced a sun set into the ocean until I came to Germany. It is a ritual, it seems, for people to go to the sea, sit on benches, and watch the sun go down.

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