A good Wattwanderung is to get a boat to Föhr, which takes about two hours. The island is something out of a fairy-tale, and you can explore some of its incredibly pretty villages. There is storytelling in recognition of the fact that Hans Christian Andersen used to holiday here in the 1840’s.
In 1936 and 1937, the German army built a dam five kilometres long between Tinnum and Rantum right across the Wattenmeer tidal flats with the aim of building a marine airport. In 1962, the area was declared a conservation area and rapidly developed into a popular breeding ground for many species of birds. Guided tours explain the local flora and fauna of the Rantum basin to holidaymakers.
Ellenbogen is a great place to visit for a relaxing walk out in nature on the north part of the island. It is shaped like an elbow, therefore the name Ellenbogen which means elbow in German. If you drive here, you need to pay a small fee but it is worth the visit as the nature is so beautiful.
Golfclub Budersand offers you an amazing golf experience, everything from the tee to the breathtaking views to the relaxing dinner and drinks after the course. As it is an open landscape a good idea is to go when it is not too windy, or you can just enjoy the clubhouse and what they have to offer.
Käpt’n Selmer Stube has Italian and Asian influences on the menu, and you eat in beautifully tiled rooms alternatively on the terrace watching the sun set over the Wattenmeer. Not long ago this was rewarded 16 out of 20 points by "Gault Millau," and received one star from Michelin guide.
The legendary Wonnemeyer restaurant is a very popular meeting place with its relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. Wonnemeyer also has two unique features: a beach sauna where you can sweat it out all-year-round, as well as an adventure ship for children "stranded" just in front of the door. While parents enjoy a glass of wine watching the sun go down, youngsters can crawl excitedly through cabins, over rigging and up the mast of a twelve metre long wooden ship.
There is a reason why Sansibar is The Place to be. The venue is chic, the food is outstanding, service impeccable and they have a truly extensive wine list as well as a spacious seating area on the beach. Come as you are or throw on your high heels, you just cannot go wrong with Sansibar.
Restaurant Strönholt is a part of the Budersand Hotel and a golf club restaurant. This five star venue is very popular in the summer and therefore it is recommended to book in advance. The view of the sea from here is beautiful and it is a perfect place to go to for brunch as well as dinner.
The island’s capital is a great attraction for shopping enthusiasts. The pedestrian areas are where the action is, mainly on Friedrichstrasse, Paulstrasse, Strandstrasse, and their connecting streets, which are packed full of all kinds of shops, boutiques, brand-name stores and smaller, individual souvenir and leisure wear shops, as well as art galleries, craft workshops, cafés and restaurants.
Kampen, Sylt’s most exclusive village, might be home to only 600 people, but there are nevertheless branches of designers like Bulgari, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski and Tod’s, each in its own thatched cottage. Stroll through the shops on Strönwai, Kampen’s most well-known shopping street, and those in the Kurhausstrasse, Hauptstrasse and "Zur Uwe Düne," and you really will get a feel for how cosmopolitan and sophisticated Kampen is.
All visitors to Sylt are charged a resort tax called a Kurtaze that is spent on keeping the island beautiful and clean. In return, you receive a Kurkarte, or resort card, which gives you access to the beaches and discounts at museums. If you’re staying at a hotel, the Kurtaze is normally added to the room rate. If you are a day-tripper to the island, you will need to buy a day pass, Tageskarte, from one of the kiosks that can be found along near the beaches. Naturism is quite popular in this part of the world, so those wanting to go au naturel or those of a modest nature should remember that beaches labelled FKK are designated for naturists.
Westerland Sylt Airport is located 2 km west of Westerland. There isn´t a bus service to/from the airport, though many hotels offer shuttle service. As it is extremely close to the city-center, one option could be to take a walk. Alternatively, you could rent a car or take a taxi.
As visitors will quickly discover, cycling is big in Sylt and is perhaps the most fun way of getting around. Flat and uncongested, Sylt is perfect for cycling. The island has also miles of cycling paths weaving through pine forests. Bikes can be hired throughout the island. The most convenient place to hire a bike is at Westerland station.
This holiday resort features pharmacies ("aphoteke" in German) throughout the entire island, with the majority of them located in the central and in List. Look out for the red "aphoteke" sign. Uwe-Jens-Lornsen-Apotheke: Am Tipkenhoog 8, Sylt +49 4651 935230 www.uwe-jens-lornsen-apotheke.de Die Sylt-Apotheke: Friedrichstraße 27, Sylt +49 4651 98630