Sylt trip: The most beautiful destinations.

Sylt trip: The most beautiful destinations.


Germany's most famous island has something to offer for everyone: from surfing at the Sylter Ellenbogen (Elbow) to the well-known hiking dunes in List, to the Red Cliff in Kampen and the bustling island capital of Westerland. Whether you want to go camping on Sylt or stay in a hotel or vacation rental - there are numerous accommodations available on Sylt. You can get to your Sylt trip by taking the Sylt ferry or a direct flight from many German cities. In addition, you can easily travel to Sylt by train with either the passenger or car railway.

Perfect spot for water sports enthusiasts: Sylt Ellenbogen

The Lister Ellenbogen is truly something special: The northernmost point of Germany captivates with its varied landscape and impressive diversity of species. On clear days, you can even see the Danish neighboring island of Rømø from here. Above all, water sports enthusiasts get their money’s worth here: While the calm south side of the Sylt Ellenbogen is more suitable for beginners, experienced wind and kite surfers feel at home on the rough west coast of Sylt. Hiking enthusiasts can choose between the just under 4 km long small ellbow route and the large ellbow route of around 9 km with a view of Denmark and the two lighthouses.

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Shifting dunes, lighthouses & much more in List on Sylt

The largest connected shifting duenes area in Europe is certainly the highlight of Sylt List. The shifting dunes with a height of up to 30 meters shape the town’s landscape and the beautiful nature in this corner of the island. You can admire the shifting dunes either from a viewing platform or experience them live on a guided hike that takes about three hours.

Extra tip for your Sylt trip: Sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing are a must here! A perfect activity for families with children is a mudflat hike on Sylt and a visit to the Nature Force Experience Center in List. In the interactive exhibition and the Syltdome – a 360-degree cinema – you get a unique insight into the island’s landscape.

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Off to Germany’s most famous village: Sylt Kampen

Diversity is key in Kampen. The Sylt village became known as a refuge for numerous artists who were inspired by the unique island atmosphere. On the Kampen Art and Culture Trail, you can learn more about these artists on 32 memorial plaques. For those looking for fitness or relaxation, there’s a great selection of yoga and sports courses available on Sylt beaches from July to August. A fantastic experience for families with children is the Sylter Sagenwald in Kampen. At an idyllic playground and the adjacent small forest, you will be greeted by numerous lovingly designed panels, on which the captivating stories of the mythical creatures come to life. If you come to Sylt with a motorhome, you will find Germany’s northernmost campsite in Kampen. Framed by colorful Frisian walls, hedges, and flower beds, you can enjoy the beauty of nature here. A perfect starting point to explore Sylt and its attractions.

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Panoramic view from the Sylt Uwe Dune

It is without a doubt one of the most popular destinations on the North Sea island: the Uwe Dune on Sylt. The highest elevation on the island, at 52.5 meters, is located in the middle of the town of Kampen and offers an unforgettable panoramic view over Sylt. Although you need a bit of stamina for the total of 109 steps up to the observation platform, it’s definitely worth it. At the official selfie point on the viewing platform, you can capture this vacation experience for posterity. The Uwe Dune is a good starting point for a short hike to the Red Cliff. Simply head north towards the Quermarkenfeuer, go down the wooden stairs, and keep left towards the beach. Here you will find the well-known restaurant “Kaamps 7” – perfect for a little refreshment. From there, it is not far to the Red Cliff.

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Impressive landmark: Sylt Red Cliff.

The Red Cliff on Sylt is a famous landmark in northern Germany and is therefore one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany. Especially at sunset, the approximately 30-meter-high cliff, which is colored red by limonite sandstone, is absolutely impressive. The Red Cliff on Sylt is also perfect for those who want to hike on their Sylt trip. The natural hiking trail starts at the beach in Wenningstedt and leads a total of 14.6 km to Kampen. On this panoramic path over the Red Cliff, you have almost continuous sea views and can leisurely hike back along the beach.

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“I want to go back to Westerland…”

Formerly the only town on the island, today Westerland is considered the capital of Sylt on the North Sea. And there is something going on here almost all year round: those who want to go to the beach in Westerland can choose between family or nudist beaches, among others. In the north of Westerland, you will find a great dog beach on Sylt. Leash laws only apply during busy times. The Sylter Welle is also a huge source of fun for the whole family. Located picturesquely between dunes with a unique view of the North Sea, the leisure pool offers three giant waterslides and five saunas. Strolling along the Westerland promenade is always a great experience.

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Seeing and being seen in Sylt’s Sansibar.

Finally, an ultimate Places of Germany tip for your Sylt trip: a visit to the legendary Zansibar on Sylt. Formerly, the Zansibar was a simple kiosk in the dunes, but today it is considered an absolute trendrestaurant where you may even run into some celebrities. Until late afternoon, you’ll also find families with children and dogs here. But later in the day, it’s all about “seeing and being seen” for guests.

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