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Sylt - the fascinating island between the Wadden Sea and the North Sea

After a week on Sylt in 1928, author Thomas Mann said "On this sea, I lived deeply." It's a narrow island between the Wadden Sea coastal mudflats and the North Sea.

Sandy beach on Sylt at sun down

Sylt has romantic charm

The island has had many visitors, but its fascination has outlasted all the fashions. On the eastern side of the Island, the Wadden Sea attracts visitors.

a wooden walkway through heather above the sandy beaches of Sylt

Walks through the heath on Sylt are very popular

The area has a been UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since the 2009. When the tide retreats, there are opportunities to take a guided tour through the flats.

The Braderuper Heath is also on the east side of the island. There are elevated trails through the delicate heather. The area has been a protected site since 1920. Those interested in island life and curious about the history of northern German coastal spas head to Westerland, the main town on Sylt.

people playing golf on a green lawn in front of a lighthouse

Kampen is a meeting place for the rich and famous

It's been a coastal spa since 1855. Somewhat more exclusive and therefore not quite as crowded is neighboring Kampen. A meeting place for the rich and beautiful. But Sylt's main attraction is the North Sea and its 40 kilometers of sandy beaches. On the Lister elbow you can find relaxation and solitude. Further down on the Western Beach, in good weather there's always a little more going on.

Author: DW-TV

Editor: Sue Cox

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