• Marion Mueller

Escape to Sylt - an attractive island from casual to fancy

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

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Here is the up-dated version of my Sylt Island Blog from September 2019. In the epic Corona year of 2020 I re-visited this stunning island and once again fell in love with it. I did a check on all my old favorites, but I also discovered and added new places. Sylt did again its magic on me, although it was a different experience this time. As traveling abroad is restricted, the island got overwhelmed by tourists. Places where we have been on our own last autumn were packed. Ridicolus long queues in front of Cafes and in many of our favorite restaurants no seats - next slots were only available after 2 month in some cases!!!! On one side this increase in tourism is welcomed. The local economy has to make up for the two month of complete lockdown, but locals and espcially the natural environment got to their limit now. Hopefully next year people have more options to travel and I can enjoy a more relaxed island again. In any case Sylt became my ultimate energy place to reset and recharge.


Intro

Most of my Blog posts focus on destinations abroad. It´s time to explore my own home countryGermany. Living in Munich means to be surrounded by a stunning nature and an almost Italian lifestyle. However Germany has many interesting other places to explore – especially the North has an unique charm. If it´s not Munich, my second choice for living would be definitely Hamburg.

Below trip was even further up north – to the island of Sylt. Sylt is first of all a very popular summer destination for mainly German tourists and has a reputation of a celebrity island. Often famous people can be spotted in one of the top notch bars and restaurants. The price level of Sylt in general is on a higher scale. However if you skip the fancy places, you can spend an affordable holiday away from the main jet-stream. If you are a camping lover you will also find some idyllic spots around the island.

For a further feel into the island vibes, check out the Sylt Webcam:

https://www.insel-sylt.de/webcam-center/


Facts & Figures

Location

As mentioned Sylt is an island, located in the so-called Frisian archipelago, which is part of the North Sea. Sylt is the biggest island of the archipelago with a very distinctive shape.

On one side of the island you have the “Wattenmeer” (Wadden Sea) mud flats, while on the other side you can walk on endless white beaches. Take a dip into the cold water of the North Sea (sometimes actually freezing cold – but well as a Dubai girl everything below 28 degrees is considered cold for me!😁).


How to reach

By car with the Sylt Shuttle – Sylt is connected with a dyke (Hindenburgdamm) to the mainland of Germany. Coming with your own car, you can load it on the shuttle train that runs frequently between Niebüll (mainland) and Westerland (capital of Sylt). In the main season and on weekends expect waiting times (in 2020 actually up to several hours). Also a confirmed reservation doesn´t always grant you prompt access. You can choose between the privately owned Blauer Autozug (single deck).....

https://www.autozug-sylt.de/

....or the government runned DB train (upper and lower deck).

www.syltshuttle.de/syltshuttle-de/start

By plane – Sylt has a cute airport. I love to land and just walk over to the tiny terminal building. Arrival and departure halls are “en miniature” and without major facilities. Only on the first floor of the departure hall you can find an Italian restaurant. Various German and international airlines are operating direct flights to Sylt in the summer season (check out for example Lufthansa, Condor, Eurowings or EasyJet).

By train – there are many train connections from various German cities to Sylt. The Regional Train (Regionalzug) from Hamburg runs on a frequent schedule as well. New! is the night train Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress, which is a direct night connection with sleep-in cabins between Salzburg in Austria to Sylt. For more information check on: https://www.nachtexpress.de/

By ferry on Sylt Fähre– from the Danish city of Havneby (on the half-island Romo) a car ferry is available to reach the northern part of the island. Disembarkation is in List. Online pre-booking is recommended:

https://www.syltfaehre.de/

How to get around

Sylt is only 38 km long and 13 km wide (usually the width is only a few km in most places).


A convenient public bus system connects every part of the island. However in good weather the best way to get around is by bicycle. There are many bike rentals in all major villages and on windy days (which happen very often), I would highly recommend to rent an E-Bike (not only for the elderly 😊).


Car rental companies are also available on the island. Apart from the common ones as Budget or Avis, I can recommend to rent your car through Sylt Travel www.sylt-travel.de – we were very satisfied with their service and condition of the car. You can get the car direct at the airport.

When to travel

Sylt is a year round destination, but during winter month the climate is rough and chances are high to experience some heavy storms. However that would be a good time to get comfy in your cosy local accommodation, to try out the many Spa facilities of the island and to eat and drink around in the excellent Cafes and restaurants (however not all are open in the low season). Biggest advantage of that period is that you will avoid big crowds (except the time of Christmas and New Year).

During summer you can take part in all the amazing outdoor activities on land and water. Sunbath and enjoy all the community events like outdoor markets, festivals, sport events and concerts. During this time you will never be alone! If you like to dine in one of the famous restaurants make your reservation weeks in advance. So goodbye spontaneity!


My preferred travel time is the shoulder season during spring or late summer/autumn.

Before you go

Here are some interesting websites to scroll through:

www.sylt.de

www.insel-sylt.de

www.sylt-tourismus.de

www.syltfraeulein.de

Where to stay

Bigger hotels you find in the main city of the island – Westerland. However some of them are ugly block buildings without any charm. In some other places like for example List they have recently built some new luxury Hotel & Spa properties like the A-Rosa Hotel (www.a-rosa-hotels.de) – more of them will follow in the future.

My recommendation for Sylt would be to stay in one of the many apartments (Ferienwohnung) inside the traditional Frisian thatched houses. Many of these options you can find on the common internet platforms like www.booking.com, www.ferienhausmiete.de - also the above mentioned Sylt Travel Agency has accommodation options on offer. Further you can find many local rental agencies like for example www.sylt-ferienwohnungen-urlaub.de, www.kluge-sylt.de or www.travanto.de - some apartments can be rented direct from the owners as well check for example www.purenordic-sylt.de

Haus Stedum

On the 2019 trip I booked our apartment online @booking.com – luckily we chose a real nice place. The apartment location was in the village of Rantum (quite central in the middle of the island) inside the Haus Stedum (there are various flats in that building complex, all belonging to different private owners). Search with – FeWo-WattblickStedum on booking.com or rent from above mentioned Kluge Apartment Service.

The apartment is on the first floor and consists of a spacious living room (with TV, radio, streaming services), fully equipped open kitchen, bathroom, small storage room and an open sleeping room on the gallery.

Best is the view from the dining table onto the open Wadden Sea. With the provided binocular you can observe the vast bird life of the mud flats.

In the garden a sunbed is assigned to your apartment number. Sunbeds on Sylt by the way are different – they are called “Strandkörbe” and are big beach chair structures completely closed on one side – this is due to the usually strong winds on the island.

Haus Bianca

I can also recommend another cute apartment place in Rantum: Haus Bianca (www.bianca-sylt.de). Here you rent directly from the super friendly owner family. All apartments are decorated with a lot of dedication and you can feel the cosy homey atmosphere in the minute you walk in.

Sylt Cottage

In 2020 we stayed at another nice place - Sylt Cottage in Morsum. Morsum is less touristic, so you can spend a countryside vacation among Locals.

The Sylt Cottage itself is a cozy apartement in a modern building with direct views on the Wattenmeer from your private terrace. The apartement has a tasteful interior with a well- equipped kitchenette. However the cooking place is tiny, so not the right place to prepare larger meals.

Sleeping room and bath room are located in the basement. Storage facilities plus hangers are generous - so ladies you can bring all your favorite cloth along! Bath room however is super small - especially the shower is quite tricky to enter even with a "normal" size.

In general this apartement is very well maintained, clean and in a quiet surrounding. Internet connection was very good as well. If you are interested to book you can do that via my recommended site www.oltmann-ferienwohnungen.de or www.sylt-luxus.de (the apartment is listed under Feskerdam 28).


What to do on the island

#1 Explore the island capital of Westerland

Westerland is the biggest, but not the prettiest town of the island, centrally located in the geographical middle. Some ugly looking high rise buildings are popping in the eye. So why to go there?

Mainly to do some shopping in the pedestrian area, walk along the beach promenade or listen to some open-air concerts during summer.

Rent your beach chair at the city beach or enjoy a sundowner at Sunset Beach (www.sunsetbeach.de) – if you like to go active surfboards and SUP´s are also available.

Sylt is not a nightlife hot-spot, but for all the night owls among you Westerland is the main place to find some bars like for example the Irish Pub (Paulstraße 11), Cohibar (www.cohibar.eu), Wunderbar (www.sylt-wunderbar.de) – don´t go there if you hate German Schlager music!!, Kleiner Bruder (www.kleinerbruder.net) or Pablito (www.pablito-sylt.de). For some fancy bars move over to Kampen, where you have the top-notch GoGärtchen (www.gogaertchen.com), Rotes Kliff (www.club-rotes-kliff.de) or the Pony Club (www.pony-kampen.de).

Whatelse in Westerland? A nice public swimming pool with some cool slides or the sauna area for adults (www.sylterwelle.de). Next door a newly developed Spa & Beauty Center to book yourself into various massages or other kind of treatments (www.syltnesscenter.de). I would recommend to do an advanced online booking – because we couldn’t get a single free spot during our week on Sylt. A nice family activity would be the visit to the Sylt Aquarium (www.syltaquarium.de).

Westerland also sees yearly some high class sport events taking place on its shores like the Kitesurf Wold Cup (www.kitesurfworldcup.de) or the Windsurf World Cup (www.windsurfworldcup.de).

#2 Stroll through the village of Rantum

Rantum is one of many typical small villages mainly consisting of the picturesque thatched roof houses popping out of the dunes. Start your walk with a nice breakfast at the local bakery shop, which offers a delicious variety of local rolls and breads (www.backstuuv-rantum.de). Afterwards take the pedestrian road towards the seaside, passing the local church. On a sunny day rent a beach chair or just continue your walk through the dunes.

#3 Walk around the Morsum Kliff

The cliff is located in the eastern part of the island, stretching over 2000 metres. The whole area is a fascinating nature reserve. Follow the signs for the “Panoramaweg”, which leads first on a wooden track to the top of Morsum Kliff. Amazing views over the Wadden Sea will open. Follow now the path through the adjacent sand dunes down to get a different perspective of the cliff.

#4 Experience the Wadden See – Wattenmeer

The mud flats – Wattenmeer is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage, part of the bigger Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer. Within this unique bioserve you can find a large number of mussels, crabs, worms and various other kind of creepy crawlies. During spring and autumn millions of migratory birds are resting here.

Walking on the muddy sands of the Wattenmeer depends on the tide – only during low tide walks are possible. The changing time between low and high tide is dangerous as water rises extremly quick.

Therefore it is best to experience the Wattenmeer on a guided walk. These walks can be booked in the various tourist offices throughout the island. It´s fun to walk bare foot through this muddy ground (foot massage included) – if that is not your fun thing to do, better bring rubber boots along as normal shoes will be soaked in the wet ground.


For a very special Watt experience guided by local experts, I would highly recommend to book a private tour on www.sylt-wattwanderungen.de - where either Werner Mansen or Jan Krüger will take you on their very own Watt walk. It´s fun with many interesting stories, Watt inhabitants and curiosities along the way. It´s worth to spend that extra cash.

#5 Go on a photo tour in Keitum

Keitum is an extremely picturesque village, also known as Captain´s Village – it used to be the home town for retired captains. Nowadays popular as the “Green Heart of the Island” – most of the old captain houses are surrounded by idyllic gardens, old trees and a stone wall – the so-called Friesenwall. It´s perfect for an afternoon walk through the romantic and peaceful streets. Afterwards have a tea or coffee in one of the lovely places around (see food section for tips).

Don´t miss a visit to the Altfriesische Haus - located in one of the old Captain Houses with original interior and the Sylt Museum (www.soelring-museen.de)

#6 Make a nature walk through the Braderuper Heide

The area between Kampen and Braderup is a nature reserve protecting some unique heathland, which is called “Heide” in German. Follow some sandy trails inland through the Heide landscape or along the shore of the Wattenmeer. During low tide an old ship wreck can be spotted - these remains belong to the Swedish sailing boat "Mariann". Brought to Sylt in 1961 and later used as a private party boat that burnt down mysteriously in the 80ies. Cycling is not allowed within the nature reserve.

The “Heidekraut” is also the favoured food for sheepherds. These fluffy creatures look so cute you just wanna go and hug them – but they taste good as well 😊 I know that wasn´t a nice one now……

#7 Walk around the most southern point of the island – Hörnum

This village is the most southern point of the island with a small pedestrian area, a distinctive lighthouse, some restaurants and hobbit-like dune houses. From the small harbour various boat trips depart to neighbouring islands like Föhr or Helgoland. Popular are also seal spotting boat cruises or a cruise to one of the so-called Halligen - tiny islands with just one or two houses and no protective dyke around.

If you walk along the beach around the most southern point, seals can be sometimes spotted on the sandbanks. Also the hard efforts that the islanders are doing to protect the shores can be seen. An increasing number of heavy storms are causing massive beach erosion and land loss. The last big spring tide was in 2015, but in every winter season land is lost. Therefore the shape of the island, especially in that southern part, is continuously changing.


#8 Or/and walk around the most northern point of the island

If you have done the walk around the most southern point, don´t miss the most northern one as well. The characteristic is completely different as the whole area up north is a nature reserve and uninhabited (except some few buildings). Due to its distinctive shape this part of the island is called the “Elbow” – it is not only the most northern part of the island, but also of whole Germany. From here it is only 4 km to the shores of Denmark, visible on clear days.

The privately owned “Elbow” is 330 meter wide and 1200 meter long – by car a fee has to be paid to enter. I love to walk on the beach around the Elbow. Often seals can be spotted plus lots of birds and small creepy crawlies on the Wattenmeer side. Swimming is not allowed due to the strong currents.

#9 list List on your list to visit 😊

After the walk around the most norther point drive into the village of List. In the harbour area you can find some good restaurants, souvenir and clothing shops. In List I have some of my favourite culinary hotspots (see in food section).

List is also the place where the ferry from Denmark arrives/departs. On rainy days visit the Sylt Nature Museum – Naturgewalten (www.naturgewalten-sylt.de).


#10 Climb the highest dune of the island

The highest spot on the otherwise flat island is the Uwe Düne. I would recommend a nice walk to reach there, which starts in Wenningstedt at the sea promenade. From there follow a nice trail partly on a wooden boardwalk and through the dunes.

After a 45-minute walk you will reach the Uwe Düne, which you conquer step by step. A fantastic view is awaiting you – on clear days over the whole island.

For the return, walk directly on the beach enjoying the sand between your toes. You will also get a good view onto the Red Cliff from beneath.

Coming back to Wenningstedt have some culinary delights along the beach promenade (see food section for recommendations).

#11 Go fancy in Kampen

Kampen is known as the jet-set village of the island. The most fancy bars and restaurants are all located around here as well as the most expansive private estates. Therefore a stroll through the village is a nice afternoon walk to daydream a bit.


Alternatively do a beach walk from the parking area next to the Sturmhaube restaurant (currently under renovation) until the legendary Buhne16 beach bar. Formerly famous for wild beach parties and nude sunbathing in the times of Gunter Sachs and Brigitte Bardot. Until today it´s a cool beach spot with lots of yearly activities (www.buhne16.de)

#12 Push the pedals on a bicycle tour

The whole island can be explored on bike with many options and routings. Well maintained, flat cycling routes – to push the pedals is a real pleasure. Depending in which village you rent your bike you can choose your routing accordingly.

On our tour we took the bike from Leksus in Westerland (www.leksus-fahrradverleih.de). Another recommended rental company would be m+m Fahrradverleih (www.mm-sylt.de).


We cycled to Rantum and onto the Rantum Dyke. At the Rantum Basin (Rantum Becken), you find yourself in a beautiful nature paradise inclusive of some friendly sheep.

Continuing up east to the Morsum Cliff, then to Keitum passing a Mini-Stonehenge – the Sylt Haarhog.

In Keitum we crossed over to the other side of the island, following the cycling path from Wenningstedt back to Westerland. You can do this tour in around 2-3 hours, but Sylt is an island to slow down. So take your time, do stops on the way and make it a day tour with some culinary stops en route. Plus meet the islanders....

#13 Sunbath and jump (naked) into the North Sea

An endless white beach stretches at the west coast, ideal for long walks or just a relaxed day in the sun. Your accommodation will hand you out a so-called guest card (Gästekarte), which entitles you to use any of these beaches. In many areas you can rent the comfortable covered sun chairs – so even on a windy day you will be well protected in them.

Famous are also the various FKK Beaches – means nude beaches. Might sound strange for some of you, but believe me once you have tried them out you won´t like to go to any other beach with a swim wear anymore 😁 It feels so good to enjoy the full glory of the sun in your beach chair bubble (without any white stripes on your body). Afterwards take a dip in the chilling North Sea as God has made you. Fantastic!!!! A famous FKK beach for example is Buhne 16 or Samoa FKK beach.


Another unique thing to try are the beach saunas (Strandsauna) with fantastic views from the dunes – and for the brave-hearted among you, make the run naked across the beach for the cool-down dip in the sea. Try Strandsauna Rantum, Strandsauna Samoa or Strandsauna Listland (check on www.sylt.de)


#14 Jump on a surfboard to get splashed

Sylt usually has a stiff sea breeze and is therefore a hotspot for wind and kitesurfers. You can either admire the Pro´s on some of the high ranked international surf competitions or get your hands on a surforboard yourself. Whether you are a beginner or just want to improve your skills, you will get a top notch guidance in one of the surf schools around. The first of its kind on the island and a still very popular one is Syltsurfing (www.syltsurfing.de).

#15 Do some bird watching at Vogelkoje

The Vogelkoje is a bird sanctuary. Once you have paid the entrance charge for the nature park you feel like walking through a jungle. In a small museum house you can learn all about the fauna and flora of this area. A wooden trail brings you out onto the dam from where you can observe the bird life of the Wadden Sea. We didn´t see much birds during our visit, but the tranquil atmosphere of the sanctuary was anyway worth the visit.

Where to eat & drink

Sylt is a real food lovers paradise! Of course fish and all kind of seafood are the number one choice. There are plenty of restaurants all over the island and many of them are not only a culinary delight, but also a feast for the eyes. In summer most restaurants have nice outdoor seating areas. It doesn’t need to be always the most fancy ones – there are many other excellent choices for lower budgets. To make a reservation is recommended.

Here comes a listing of my favourite places:

Cafes

Cafe Wien www.cafe-wien-sylt.de – in the pedestrian area of Westerland. Old fashioned traditional coffee house with excellent cakes and other bakery items – also a big breakfast menu is available. (Westerland)

Bäckerei Ingwersen www.ingwersen-sylt.de is a lovely place for a breakfast, lunch snack or some sweet treat. In the morning long queues can be seen in front of their bakery shop. (Morsum)

Nielsens Kaffeegarten www.nielsens-kaffeegarten-sylt.de – modern-styled Cafe and bakery with a nice choice of lunch dishes plus home-made cakes; during summer you can sit on the terrace overlooking the Wadden Sea. (Keitum)

Kleine Teestube www.kleineteestube.com - another super cute location offering a wide range of tea and delicious home-made cakes. During summer time you can sit in the lush garden area. (Keitum)

Kupferkanne www.kupferkanne-kampen.de – my absolute favourite coffee-spot on Sylt; impressive garden with different separated areas surrounded by pine trees and with a view on the Wadden Sea; the house itself hosts a lot of history as it was used to be a bunker during World War II; nowadays it is a cosy maze of tiny rooms and alleys. (Keitum)...(in the Corona-Year 2020 we had to queue 40 minutes to get a table 😱)

Fitschen am Dorfteich www.fitschen-am-dorfteich.de – lovely location directly at the village pond with a nice garden and yummy waffles. Beside the sweet treats you can also enjoy very good lunches or dinners. (Wenningstedt)

Alte Backstube/Voigts www.voigts-sylt.de – another sweet lovers paradise, especially the pancakes and waffles are divine; if you like to have some more healthy options for a better conscience they do have a large salad and snack menu as well. (List)

Klein´er Kuhstall www.kleinerkuhstall.de – located in a former cow barn, don´t worry you won´t smell the cows anymore😁, however will still feel the farmhouse atmosphere. Home-made, very yummy cakes. Nice garden in summer with plenty of flowers and butterflies. (Tinnum)

Restaurants

Strandmuschel www.strandmuschel-sylt.de – easy-going beachside restaurant and bar. (Rantum)

Sansibar www.sansibar.de – famous Sylt hot-spot; despite its reputation as a celebrity place it’s a quite laid-back beach-side restaurant with a big outdoor seating area; food is excellent and value for money; so this place should be on everybody’s must-go list during a Sylt vacation. (Rantum)

Hus in Lee www.hus-in-lee.de - another very cute restaurant in one of the typical thatched roof houses in Rantum offering all kind of northern cuisine. In summer you can sit in the beautiful vast garden or on colder days in the glass covered winter garden. (Rantum)


Samoa Seepferdchen www.samoa-seepferdchen.com - beach-side restaurant in Rantum with super nice food and a large outdoor seating area inclusive of some of the typical beach chairs. One of the above mentioned beach saunas is just next door. (Rantum)

Gosch www.gosch.de – Gosch runs a full empire on Sylt with various restaurants around the island. My favourite branch is far up north in List inside a warehouse-like place decorated with a maritime theme. You can take your food and drinks from various food counters around (freshly made; market style).

Another nice branch is in Wenningstedt.

Dittmeyer´s Austern Compagnie www.sylter-royal.de – is the breeding and trading place of the famous Sylter Royal oyster. They do have a bistro beside the factory. You won´t get fresher oysters than here. If these raw glibberies are not your thing, you get some other cooked and baked options as well. (List)

Alter Gasthof www.altergasthof.com – enjoy authentic northern German food presented with a modern twist. Located in a 200 year-old building you will feel the long history of hospitality. (List)

Wonnemeyer www.wonnemeyer.de – top location high up on a dune with super nice views over the Ellbogen (Elbow) area. Perfect place for a sundowner followed by dinner. This family owned restaurant looks back onto a long culinary history on the island. (List)

Alte Friesenstube www.altefriesenstube.de – located in the oldest traditional “Friesenhaus” of Sylt you can enjoy authentic local cuisine done with perfection. The summer garden is nice, but I recommend to sit inside in one of the super cosy rooms all in the ambiance of the North. (Westerland)

Strandoase www.strand-oase.de – if you have enough of fish and feel for a change, you can come here and enjoy their speciality: roasted duck (either on some specific week days or if you come in a group with advanced reservation); apart from the restaurant and the lower terrace they have a nice elevated second outdoor seating area on a dune overlooking the sea and some cute rabbits. (Westerland)

Beach House www.beachhouse-sylt.de - a fantastic location for a sundowner drink accompanied by relaxed chill-out vibes. Food is excellent, so lunch on the sunny terrace or dinner in the cosy interior is highly recommended. Number one on my personal favorite restaurant list. (Westerland)

Vogelkoje www.vogelkoje.de – tucked away in a lush vegetation at the entrance of a bird and nature sanctuary. You can enjoy a large number of breakfast options, lunch or dinner either in one of the covered sunbed seats outdoor or inside the walls of the historic farmhouse building. (Kampen)

Odin Deli www.odin-deli.com - is a perfect spot for a lunch on their outdoor terrace. A place to see and be seen. My recommendation would be the mussels in curry sauce, super yummy! (Kampen)

IIsmeer www.iismeer.com – offers a different kind of dining experience as you can grill your food at the so-called “fire-tables”. Yes guys, that´s one for you! For the ladies they have delicious organic ice and waffles as well. (Wenningstedt)

For a quick fix

For a quick lunch en route I can recommend the Sylter Suppen food truck in List (www.sylter-suppen.de) or some fresh mussels right from the fishermen at Sylter Muscheln Bistro in the harbour of Hörnum.

Further recommended places, personally tried and tested 😉:

Landhaus Severins (www.landhaus-severins.de) - remote location at Morsum Kliff. Cosy interior, excellent food.

Zur Eiche Tinnum (www.zureichesylt.de) - rustic from outside, great cuisine inside. Easy going place for a dinner among locals.

Alte Schule Archsum (www.alteschule-sylt.de) - located in an old school house, you can expect down-to-earth home cooking in this family owned restaurant.

Königshafen List (www.koenigshafen.de) - superb fish restaurant with a long tradition.

Butcherei Keitum (www.butcherei-sylt.de) - for all steak lovers right from the unique hell fire grill.


Where to shop

In the pedestrian area of Westerland you will find numerous shops and small departement stores. Below I like to introduce to you some small local shops with typical and hand-made items. The right spots to choose some unique gifts or souvenirs.


Hansenhof

Farmshops are trending nowadays, also on Sylt you can find them. My favorite one is Hansenhof in Morsum. They have a huge selection of home-made jam (strawberry is the most popular), cheese, ready-made dishes in glass jars and other delicies plus souvenirs and local art. I also love the eggs from their chicken farm. www.hansenhof-sylt.de (Morsum)

Sylter Seifen Manufaktur

In this small shop located at the train station in Morsum you can buy hand-made, high quality soaps without any annyoing chemicals inside. Nicely wrapped up gift versions are also available. www.sylterseifen.de (Morsum)

Kontorhaus Keitum

Is a tea lovers paradise. You can find a great selection of teas plus Nordic home interior items. My recommendation for a fantastic herbal tea infusion is the "Schmuddelwetter" edition. You can also nip on a cup of tea at the tea room or check yourself into their guest house. www.teekontorkeitum.com (Keitum)

Just beside the Kontorhaus are two other interesting places: one is the Friesische Käselädchen for all cheese lovers to taste and to buy some excellent local cheese. If local art is more your thing then I highly recommend a visit to Georgs Galerie in the same premises (www.georgs-galerie.com).

Sylter Schokoladenmanufaktur

If you have a sweet tooth then don´t miss a visit to the Sylter Schokoladenmanufaktur, where you can have a glimpse into the production room and buy your sweet treat afterwards. All type of chocolates are available from chocolate bars, hand-made chocolate candies to funny souvenirs like the Syltella. www.cafe-wien-sylt.de (Tinnum)


Sylter Meersalzmanufaktur

From sweet to salty - in this shop you can purchase unqiue locally produced sea salt beside local beer and home-made pasta. www.sylter-genussmacherei.de (List)


Liquid Delights and more

In the small area of Rantum Hafen a couple of interesting shops have opened their doors. One is the Sylter Trading company, where you can taste and buy some excellent Whiskey´s (www.sylter-trading.de). Visit the Kaffeerösterei next door to clear up your head after the tasting. The super friendly team serves home-made coffee roasts plus delicious cookies and cakes. The roasts can be taken home as well (www.kaffeeroesterei-sylt.com).

Further stores in the area are the Sansibar Outlet Store (www.sansibar.de), Sylter Bonscherei (www.sylter-bonscherei.de) and to kill your hunger have a Curry Wurst at De Lüx Curry Sylt (www.deluexcurrysylt.de). (Rantum)

My secret tip for fashion shopping

If cool biker and rocker cloth is your thing have a look at Revolution Store (www.shopstange.com) - my must-visit shop, whenever I am on the island. (List)


For T-Shirts with cool Sylt logos (like the one below) plus wood prints and patches check out Der Syltan (www.der-syltan.de). (online)

That was my introduction for you to this amazing island. Especially the non-Germans among you might have never heard about Sylt, but it´s worth the journey! It can be easily combined with other interesting and better known places like for example Hamburg.

Final impressions…..

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