Sylt, a luxurious summer destination in Northern Germany, is a small, quiet and stunning island in the North Sea, part of the Frisian Islands. Over the last few years, Sylt has become known as a top destination for German and international jetsetters, and is often a favourite holiday spot for celebrities seeking an alternative to the crowded and paparazzi-filled Mediterranean resorts. Today, Sylt is regularly referred to as “Germany’s Hamptons”, due to its discreet, quiet beaches and communities, as well as the wealthy, chic tourists who holiday there. Sylt, slightly over 99 km2, is only three hours north east of Hamburg and close to Denmark. It is known for its unusual shape and its 40 km long sandy beach.
Elegant communities on the island, such as sophisticated Kampen, off er cosmopolitan visitors worldclass sports, cultural and culinary adventures, and refreshing sea breezes. Although easy to reach via commercial aircraft or private plane to and from its tiny, charming airport, since 1927, Sylt has been connected to mainland Germany by the Hindenburgdamm causeway, which brings visitors to the island via train or car-on-train. The island has made headlines recently, due to its exposed situation in the North Sea and unfortunate but slow erosion during storm tides. It remains however, a spectacular place to unwind. Sylt’s fans claim that the island’s contrasts of colour and its unspoiled nature, soft heaths, rose bushes, white sand dunes, lush green vegetation, marshland and roaring seas, keeps them coming back.
Although popular in the summer months, Sylt manages to keep a peaceful feeling about it. The eastern side’s Wadden Sea is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sylt attracts a lot of attention from health-oriented travellers thanks to its relaxing pace, wonderful wellness resorts, healthy breezes, and ocean sprays. Home to the Sylt German Polo Masters and the Sylt Windsurfing World Cup, the island off ers top sporting events and opportunities. There are four golf courses on the island and, for those who enjoy nordic walking, the island is a must with its 220 km long track.
Sylt is also a food lover’s heaven, from charming sea bistros to exquisite gourmet restaurants. Seafood is always a top choice with its excellent matjes herring, oysters and other fish on off er, and locally grown herbs and jams or delicious baked goods. Stay in one of the island’s many elegant hotels or grand properties, take long bike rides, enjoy surfing lessons, fishing or simply sunning yourself on the white dunes in the traditional striped Sylt beach chair known lovingly as the “Strandkorb”. Sylt, aff ectionately called “die Insel” (the island) by locals and fans, is ready and waiting for you.