10 Best Things To Do In Sylt, Germany

things to do in sylt germany

Sylt is a popular North Sea island in Germany popular for the rich and famous. It’s called an island, although there’s a connection to the dam on the mainland. If one likes outdoors, they would certainly love to visit Sylt, it’s just an outdoor paradise.

There are a lot of things to do, places to go and things to see. Surfing and cycling are the two main activities that take place in Sylt especially in the hot months of the year. There are endless beaches and one can relax on these beaches, looking at the sea or the big blue sky. Plan a unique German trip with these things to do in Sylt:

1. Uwe Dune

Kampen Uwe-Düne
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One can look at the wooden steps as 110 wooden steps lead to the visualization platform in Uwe Dunes and from there, one look at the sand and the sea on one side, the dunes and the tranquil cliffs on the other. If time permits, one can see the whole island and the road to the German-Danish mainland. There are signs on the platform that explain the views. The Uwe Dune is named after Uwe Jens Lornsen, a lawyer and civil servant. One can also follow the path leading to the Red Cliff for some nice views.

Uwe Dune

Address: Kampen, 25999 Kampen, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

2. Altfriesisches Haus

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None of the lower class lived here, so it becomes clear when one visits the rooms of the house of the former captain. Old Frisian is a small machine house in Keitum 1739 built and largely saved in its original state including the kitchen, the living room, the basement and Pesel. Well paved walls, as well as many everyday items in the past, make these rooms comfortable and lively. The house offers an idea of the past and culture of the region and is also popular presently as a place for a wedding.

Altfriesisches Haus

Address: Am Kliff 13, 25980 Sylt

Website: Altfriesisches Haus (in German)

3. Sylt Aquarium

Sylt Aquarium (Westerland)
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The Sylt Aquarium is another place on the island where one can enjoy their visit. There, one can see over 150 different species of tropical fish from the North Sea. There are a few different types of exotic fish and even sharks.

The aquarium, located in the largest city on the island, receives all the water in a direct pipeline from the North Sea. A small aquarium with large exhibits on this site has large salt basins that together hold about 2,000 fish. One can also follow the main attraction of the aquarium, a glass tunnel that allows visitors to walk under one of the largest reservoirs.

Sylt Aquarium

Address: Gaadt 33, 25980 Westerland, Sylt

Website: Sylt Aquarium (in German)

4. Kupferkanne Restaurant

Kupferkanne Restaurant
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Kupferkanne is one of the best cafes in Sylt. In the summer, one can sit in a beautiful garden outside the former World War II bunker. One should be careful to remember where his friends are sitting, because one may lose the way back from the cake bar or toilet. The plum cake is a popular delicacy while other cakes are also favorited with giant slices.

It’s a great choice, even for tea specialists with a variety of teas. The view of the sea and tideland helps one relax. Kids play in the garden and one can even spot some peacocks in the area.

Kupferkanne Restaurant

Address: Stapelhooger Wai 7, 25999 Kampen

Website: Kupferkanne Restaurant

5. Rotes Cliff Lighthouse

Leuchtturm bei Kampen auf Sylt
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The lighthouse of Rotes Cliff on the island of Sylt served as a light in the area from 1913 to 1975. It is located on the cliffside north of the village of Kampen. It is also a popular landmark and photography hotspot with tours and climbs offered. The views of the adjacent area are also worthwhile.

Rotes Cliff Lighthouse

Address: Lister Street 6, 25999 Kampen, Sylt

6. Sylter Heimatmuseum

Rechknaaken Finwal
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The change in art exhibits in the galleries and on the street is a link between past and modern art. And it’s also a maritime chapter. It is clear that whaling was finally the cause and guarantee of the prosperity of the 17th and 18th centuries. Skeletons in the garden have also been abandoned by the whales and the vault is on the inlet and if one looks closer. One can see that the jawbones are from large whales.

Sylter Heimatmuseum

Address: Am Kliff 19, 25980 Sylt-Ost

Website: Sylter Heimatmuseum (in German)

7. Hornum Beach

Hörnum, Sylt
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There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Sylt and the Hörnum beach fits perfectly if one likes long walks on the beach. One can park there and start visiting a port downtown. Take the beach right next to the harbor and go south. There is also a surfing school and restaurant for some drinks or snacks. There are also some beautiful little houses that lie in the sand dunes of the area.

Hornum Beach

Website: Hornum Beach

8. Sansibar Beach

Source: Photo by user Magnus Manske used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Sansibar Beach is also very popular, and almost everyone who visits Sylt will go there. It’s a nice crowd oriented beach with a big wine list. They are also friendly to the children and have a nice playground. There is also a nice beach restaurant Seepferdchen for some brunch.

Sansibar Beach

Website: Sansibar Beach (in German)

9. Ellenbogen Nature Sanctuary

West coast Ellenbogen, Sylt, Germany
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Ellenbogen is a nature reserve wild with dunes and grasses. There is also a nice lighthouse there, parking place and surfing school, as well as activities like walks on the beach. At the further reach, one can even see Denmark.

Ellenbogen Nature Sanctuary

Address: West Ellenbogen 10, 25992 List, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

10. Naturgewalten Sylt

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The place provides information about Sylt and how the island has changed over time. This is a learning center for young and old, and one can watch the demo about how the waves were born and hit the beach, all in a huge water tank. One can decide how much wind will affect the waves. Or if one wants to hit the tornado, he can do it here. There’s a lot to detect, so one can take the headphones and walk away. One can also learn in several languages about flora and fauna on Sylt.

Naturgewalten Sylt

Address: Hafenstraße 37, 25992 List, Germany

Website: Naturgewalten Sylt

Sylt is the quintessential German beach island experience

Sylt is a beautiful island with a combination of wild landscapes, amazing food and a lot of activities. There are many hotels, apartments, villas and youth hostels on the island. Although known as a fancy island, there’s something for every budget. The landscape of Sylt is a beautiful piece of nature that should be observed. Many people like to look at the rocks that were developed during the Ice Age. Cycling is one of the best actions one can take when one visits Sylt with special bike lanes.

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Msah is a writer from Calcutta, India and interested in exploring untrodden destinations and areas with an interest in activities, art and culture and nature space.

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