On more than 40 kilometres of sandy beach, you too will find your favourite place. Whether you prefer lounging in the beach shelter, collecting shells or building sandcastles, whether you have come as a family, with your dog, to surf or party at the beach: it is all there on Sylt. There is also unhindered access to the beaches. The little ones can enjoy fun and freedom in the water at List and Hörnum, on beaches of fine sand and in the calm North Sea. And for children who like pirates, the large play ship on the wide Wenningstedt beach is a popular adventure area.
Barefoot through the mud flats.
Sylt is located in the heart of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Find out on the guided tours through the mud flats why shore crabs move sideways, how mussels got their name, and where these mysterious little piles and holes in the mud flats come from. Tip: it is most thrilling to go barefoot on the mud flat hike, but it is an experience with gumboots too.
The Alps of the North Sea.
Sylt has its own “Matterhorn” known as “Uwe”, a 52.5-metre-high dune at Kampen. The highest elevation on the island, in clear weather it offers a superb view right across Sylt. Incidentally, the dune landscape of the island is estimated to be 3,000 years old, and is at the mercy of nature: the travelling dune at List actually moves across the island.
Forces of Nature Exhibition Centre, Sylt.
Have you ever wanted to stand in the middle of a storm force 8 wind, generate your own waves, or watch the climate from space? Then visit the “Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten” (Forces of Nature Exhibition Centre) at List Harbour. You will find interactive exhibitions for the whole family on “Powers of the North Sea”, “Living with the Forces of Nature” and “Weather, Climate, Climate Research”.
Fun and relaxation among the dunes.
The spacious swimming and sauna area “Sylter Welle” in Westerland with its view of the North Sea is THE adventure pool for the whole family. Three superb giant slides ensure an adrenaline rush. Seven saunas offer relaxation with different infusions and a steam bath. For water lovers there is also a sports pool with two diving towers, a wave pool, a current channel and a shallow kid’s pool.
Watch seals bathing in the sun.
Would you like to see seals and grey seals sunbathing? Your holiday on Sylt is ideal for a trip to one of the few places where these creatures still live free: the seal banks. Excursion boats go there daily from Hörnum or List. With luck you will also see porpoises on the journey.
Sharks and skates glide elegantly next to you or above you through the water. This fascinating experience awaits you when strolling through the glass underwater tunnel at Sylt Aquarium in Westerland. You can also watch inhabitants of the North Sea in 18 pools, and admire exotic creatures of the tropical oceans in seven pools.