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On Sylt, Swimming is a Must Regardless of Weather

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Nikolai Ivanov

Nikolai Ivanov likes to swim, no matter what the weather

Nikolai Ivanov, 21, is a student from St. Petersburg, Russia.

My favorite destination in Germany: The island of Sylt in North Frisia

My preferred accommodation: Youth hostels

A perfect day on Sylt: It's a beautiful summer day, but I still put on a windbreaker before I go out -- not because it's supposed to rain, but because there's a constant stormy wind on the island, even in the summer. On Sylt, you have to go swimming every day -- no matter what the weather's like. The best place to swim is called Puan Klent and there's a great beach there. Every time I stand at the water, the same thing happens: It's rather chilly, it's windy and the waves are big. I have to hurry. I take off my windbreaker and dive into the water, which is always very clean. It's an unforgettable feeling!

After my swim, I go over to the other side of the island -- to the Wadden Sea mudflats. People say that the mud from the Wadden Sea has a healing effect. Wading through it is fun! In the evening, I enjoy drinking a cup of coffee in a cozy beach cafe in the village Hörnum -- next to the famous lighthouse.

I tend to spend my money on: Postcards, souvenirs, food and drink.

My tip: Don't just stick to typical tourist places. In every city or region, try to find something new -- old ruins off the beaten path perhaps, or simply a pub where the locals gather. Only then can you have the feeling that you've really "discovered" Germany.

Where I want to visit next: I would like to travel to Berlin and Munich.

What I like best about Germany: The friendliness of the people. And being able to relive the fairy tales of times gone by in Germany's medieval cities.


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