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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?"Where in Sylt can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 09/02/2014)
Are there any cultural highlights, museums?
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"Why should someone do a vacation in Sylt? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Sylt, which everyone visiting Sylt should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Sylt that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 05/18/2014)
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Questions around the weather, different seasons, ..."What is the best season/best weather time of year to visit Sylt?" (posted 07/05/2014)
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Travel Insider Tips for Sylt
Sylt is northernmost German island, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein and well known for the distinct shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands and is its largest island. The island is known for its tourist resorts Westerland (Westerland vacation rentals | Westerland travel guide), Kampen (Kampen vacation rentals | Kampen travel guide), and Wenningstedt-Braderup (Wenningstedt-Braderup vacation rentals | Wenningstedt-Braderup travel guide), as well as for its sandy beach of 40 km length. It is frequently covered by media in connection with its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm surges. Since 1927 Sylt is connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm rail causeway. Sylt attracts almost 800,000 visitors per year.
With 99.14 km², Sylt is the fourth-largest German island and the largest North Sea island. Sylt is situated at 9 to 16 km off the mainland, being connected there by the Hindenburgdamm causeway. Southeast of Sylt are the islands Föhr and Amrum (Amrum vacation rentals | Amrum travel guide), to the north lies the Danish island Rømø. The island of Sylt extends for 38 km in a north-south direction and on its northern peak at Königshafen is only 320 m wide. Its widest distance, from the town of Westerland in the west to the eastern Nössespitze near Morsum, measures 12.6 km. The western and northwestern shore contains a 40 km sand beach, and to the east of Sylt is the Wadden Sea, which belongs to the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park and mostly falls dry during low tide.
The island's shape has constantly shifted over time, a process which is still ongoing today. The northern and southern spits of Sylt are exclusively made up of unfertile sand deposits, while the central part with the municipalities of Westerland, Wenningstedt-Braderup and Sylt-Ost consists of a geestland core, which becomes apparent in the form of the Red Cliff of Wenningstedt. The geestland facing the Wadden Sea gradually turns into fertile marshland around Sylt-Ost. Today sources show that Sylt has only been an island since the Grote Mandrenke flood of 1362. The so called Uwe-Düne (Uwe Dune) is the island's highest elevation with 52.5 m above sea level.
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Things to See in Sylt
There is a nordic walking park, one of the largest in Germany.
Tinnum castle (Tinnumburg) is a circular parapet with a diameter of 120 meters and a height of 8 meters. It was built in the 1st century BC, likely as a pagan holy site.
Keitum has a historical church (St. Severin church), dating back to the 1200s. The green cliff is also located near Keitum (Keitum vacation rentals | Keitum travel guide). The village has been the economical and social center of the island until tourism started to get higher importance and Westerland (Westerland vacation rentals | Westerland travel guide), the islands onliest town, started to expand. From the old days are still many beautiful frisian houses left which were build by the towns seafarers especially during the whalehunting time (1650-1850).
Munmarsch has been the main port of the Island. Ferries from Hoyer (today in Denmark) landed here. When the "Hindenburg Damm" was finished in the 1920s, the town lost its importance. A marina is today located at the old port.
Morsum has a historical church (St. Martin church), dating back to the same era as the one in Keitum. Morsum is also known for its morsum cliff, that shows the geological history of the last five million years on its height of 21 meters. It has been under landscape conservation since 1923.
More about the History of Sylt
Sylt was originally part of Jutland (today Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein). There is evidence of human habitation going back to 3,000 BC at Denghoog. First settlements of Frisians during the 8th century and 9th century. Sylt was divided between the Duke of Schleswig and the Kingdom of Denmark in 1386. Except for the town of List, Sylt became part of the Duchy of Schleswig in 1435.
During the 17th century and 18th century, whaling, fishing and oyster breeding increased the wealth of the population. Keitum became the capital of the island, and a place for rich captains to settle down. In the 19th century, tourism began; Westerland replaced Keitum as the capital. During World War I, Sylt became a military outpost, but did not suffer from war damage. In 1927, a rail causeway to the mainland was built, the Hindenburgdamm, named after Paul von Hindenburg. During World War II, Sylt became a fortress, with concrete bunkers built below the dunes at the shore, some of which are still visible today. Lager Sylt, the concentration camp on Alderney was named after the island. Today, Sylt is mainly a tourist attraction, famous for its healthy climate, and the many German celebrities who own houses on the island. The beach even has a nude section.
Sylt is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein and well known for the distinct shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands. It is the largest island in North Frisia. The northernmost German island is known for its notable tourist resorts Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup, as well as for its sandy beach of 40 km length.
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