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Wyk auf Föhr is the only town on Föhr, the second largest of the North Frisian Islands, on the German coast of the North Sea. Wyk attracts many visitors during summer because of Föhr's beautiful beaches. It is also a highly frequented as a spa town throughout the year.
Wyk is situated on the southeastern edge of the island. About 4,500 inhabitants live there, but during the tourist seasons 20,000 or more people will stay there. It serves as a regional center for the islands of Föhr and Amrum (Amrum vacation rentals | Amrum travel guide), providing shopping centers, doctors, a post office, etc. and it is the seat of the Amt Föhr-Amrum and the social care centre for the islands.
In 1844 Hans Christian Andersen followed his king to Wyk and is known to have said about Wyk's beach: "I bathed every day and I must say it was the most remarkable water I have ever been in".
Things to See in Wyk auf Föhr
Wyk's promenade Sandwall not only offers a view of the sea, but also the Halligen, (ten small German islands) already beloved by king Christian. It is counted among Germany's most beautiful seaside promenades. Not at least due to the high number of sanitoriums and recovery institutions, Wyk is a highly frequented spa throughout the year.
Inside Wyk's town limits, in the Olhörn area, there is a minor lighthouse. Frisian customs and the history of Wyk are documented at the Dr. Carl Haeberlin Museum, whose entrance portal is made up of two whale jaw bones.
The church of St. Nicolas is a roman style building from the 13th century, situated in the Boldixum town district. It has a colourful and amply decorated interior.
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More about the History of Wyk auf Föhr
In 1704, Wyk was granted the rights of a seaport, two years later, the rights of a market town were awarded. In 1819 a seaside spa was established, being the first of its kind in Schleswig-Holstein. Thereby the state began to level up with the Baltic Sea region (Heiligendamm, 1794 and the East Frisian North Sea area (Norderney, 1794). In the first year, 61 guests were recorded, in 1820 there were 102, but only from 1840 on the numbers exceeded 200. From 1842 to 1847 the Danish king Christian VIII chose Wyk as his summer resort, which attracted numerous new tourists. In 1844 Hans Christian Andersen followed his king to Wyk and is known to have said about Wyk's beach: "I bathed every day and I must say it was the most remarkable water I have ever been in". But Andersen also criticized the problems of journeying there. For example from Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide), on the road, a traveller needed four days to reach Föhr, by ship via Heligoland, it took two days only but included the danger of sickness.
In 1910 Wyk was granted full town rights.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Wyk auf Föhr is the only town on the Föhr Island on the German coast of the North Sea. Wyk attracts many visitors during summer because of Föhr's beautiful beaches. It is also a highly frequented as a spa town throughout the year.
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