Sylt: The Island
If people in Germany say that they’ll go to THE island for vacation, they’re most probably talking about Sylt. It is Germany’s biggest island in the Northern Sea, close to the Danish border. It is one of many islands that line the northern coast of Germany, and became very popular with the German jet-set and upper-class tourists. I just spend a day there a couple of years back. We were staying at the neighboring Danish island Rømø, where rents were just a fraction of the Sylt prices. The islands are connected by a ferry service.
I was positively surprised to find large parts of the dunes and heath landscapes protected as nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. The 40 km of white sand beaches are natural and mostly pristine, the little villages original and very typical with cottages and thatched roofs. Westerland (yes, on the west coast) is the island’s only town. Walking on the high dunes with the view of the blue sea in the distance and the blue blue sky above was wonderful. And I have to admit, the glass of champagne we had with our prawns for lunch at the promenade made me feel very jet-setty. I shall return when I’m old and rich.
I just love those new tiled galleries.. do you mind?
Oh, and I took these pictures before I had my DSLR. I used a Canon Powershot.