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Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park
The Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park (German: Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer) is a national park in the Schleswig-Holstein area of the German Wadden Sea. It was founded by the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein on 1 October 1985 by the National Park Act of 22 July 1985 and expanded significantly in 1999. Together with the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park and those parts of Elbe estuary which are not nature reserves, it forms the German part of the Wadden Sea.
The national park extends from the German-Danish maritime border in the north down to the Elbe estuary in the south. In the North Frisian area, it includes the mudflats around the geest-based and marsh islands and the Halligen (undyked islands). There the mudflats are 40 km wide in places. Further south lie areas of mudflats which contain particularly large sandbanks. In addition to the plants and animals that are typical of the entire Wadden Sea, especially large numbers of porpoise, shelduck and eelgrass may be seen in the Schleswig-Holstein part.
With an area of 4410 km ² it is by far the largest national park in Germany. Some 68% of its area is permanently under water and 30% is periodically dry. The land element consists mainly of salt marshes. Since 1990, the national park, including the North Frisian Halligen, has been designated as a UNESCO recognised biosphere. Together with other German and Dutch Wadden Sea areas it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 26 June 2009.
Kampen (Söl'ring: Kaamp) is a municipality and seaside resort on the island Sylt, in the district of Nordfriesland, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is located north of the island's main town, Westerland, and was first recorded in 1534.
From the 1920s on, the summer residences and villas of mostly wealthy guests were constructed on the Nordheide around the old village core. Thus the area of Kampen multiplied within a few years. Despite early plannings from the 1920s, the western heath of Kampen was not covered with buildings though and today is a nature reserve.
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Westerland lies on the North Sea island of Sylt (Sylt vacation rentals | Sylt travel guide) and is Germany's northernmost town and a former municipality. Only the smaller communities of List (List vacation rentals | List travel guide), Wenningstedt and Kampen (Kampen vacation rentals | Kampen travel guide) – none an incorporated town – lie farther north in Germany.
Since 1 January 2009, it is part of the municipality Sylt. Westerland belongs to the Nordfriesland district in Schleswig-Holstein. It lies about 70 km northwest of Husum (Husum vacation rentals | Husum travel guide), 74 km west of Flensburg (Flensburg vacation rentals | Flensburg travel guide), 134 km northwest of Kiel (Kiel vacation rentals | Kiel travel guide) and 186 km northwest of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide).
Things to See in Westerland
- Church of St. Niels
- Church of St. Nicholai
- Kurhaus of 1897
- Hotel Miramar
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More about the History of Westerland
Westerland is one of the younger places on Sylt (Sylt vacation rentals | Sylt travel guide). After the All Hallows Flood on 1 November 1436 had utterly destroyed the community of Eidum, the survivors built a new community to the northeast on a heath. The old town, now called Alt-Westerland (
alt means "old") had its first documentary mention in 1462. In 1855, it became a seaside bathing community, and in 1905 it was granted town rights. In 1949 came official recognition as a seaside spa town, thereby raising Westerland's status to that of Sylt's main town. Until then, Keitum (Keitum vacation rentals | Keitum travel guide) had always enjoyed that distinction. For instance, even as late as the turn of the 20th century, Keitum had the island's only pharmacy. Owing to its central location at the hub of all transportation routes, and because it is right near the beach, Westerland has affirmed its supremacy among places on Sylt over the last one hundred and fifty years.
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If the north German coast appeals to you, consider visiting Westerland, Schleswig-Holstein, located on the Island of Sylt. It is considered Germany's northernmost town, and it has been dubbed the "Beverly Hills" of Germany because of its popularity among the wealthy. Westerland dates back to the 1460s, but it first became a seaside resort in the 1850s. Today, the town mainly thrives on tourism, attracting over 100,000 visitors annually. When planning your trip to Sylt, keep in mind that the island can only be reached by a shuttle train that carries cars and tourists across the water. Once you get to Westerland, you will find plenty to do. There is a 5-mi. long beach and a 2-mi. promenade area. You will easily find your unique spot on the beach, which features over 3,000 beach cabanas. If you can time your visit for late September, make sure to watch some of the Windsurf World Cup Sylt sporting event. Young and old alike will enjoy the Sylt Aquarium with its collection of over 150 types of fish and over 2,000 marine animals. Local historic sites include the old St. Niels village church, the Old Frisian House in Keitum, and archaeological tours of the island's megalith burial areas. The Sylt Tourism Office operates the Villa Kunterbunt, a childcare facility that offers special programming for children. Parents and kids will love this special option! After a day on the beach, you may also wish to take in a live music concert on the "shell" stage that sits right on the beach promenade. Music, stars, and the sea - what could be more perfect? If you feel you need to leave Sylt for a while, Husum and Kiel are the closest larger cities.
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