- Flight time from London: 1 hour 35 min
- Billund Airport (Denmark): 130km from the city centre; transfer time about 3 hours 15 min
- Nearest railway station: Westerland (Sylt) station
- Currency: Euro
Nature is the major draw of this North Frisian Island in the North Sea. Sylt is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway exclusively for trains. For the past 40 years, Sylt has been the preferred playground for the rich with the wide dunes with striped lighthouses above fields of gleaming yellow rape flower.
A former captain's house dating from 1759, a chronicle of the island's history and an excellent archaeological section. The foyer is decorated with the bones of the lower jaw of a fin whale.
The residence of a whaler from 1739. The original preserved furnishings are still in place and there's an attached weaving-mill museum.
At this restaurant, enjoy tastily prepared international dishes in a friendly and cheerful atmosphere.
A bistro atmosphere with great service, this restaurant is somewhat outside the town centre. Serving international and regional cuisine.
Westerland represents the island's lively side. Its heart lies between the station and the beach, in Friedrichstraße and the street running parallel to it, Strandstraße. Here you can stroll through countless shops or sit down at one of the many inviting restaurants or cafés. Enjoy shopping at leisure with your entire family, far from the demands of everyday life.
In Kampen, shoppers shouldn't try too hard to count their pennies but go by the motto 'You have only one life to live' instead. In return, the demanding customer will find a choice that leaves nothing to be desired: exclusive boutiques, galleries and jeweller's shops that sell little and big dreams. And as there's plenty in a name, many renowned labels such as Hermes, Bogner, Cartier and Bulgari have decided to sail under their own colours and open up a branch here.
The rural idyll of Sylt-Ost is the island's arts and crafts centre, home to potters and weavers, goldsmiths and glass blowers, tile-makers and other artists. All of their painstakingly hand-fashioned objects - earthenware, gold and silver filigree jewellery, and mouth-blown glassware - are extraordinary one-offs. Other artisans work with wood or leather, paint silk or create expressive sculptures. Visitors often get the chance to look over the artist's shoulder while they model and mould, solder and file, forge and cut.
Disco Pony, in Kampen, where both indoor and outdoor bar areas encompass views of the sea and the scrub-covered coastline that flanks it, mostly attracts a clientele under 40.
Also in Kampen is Disco Pony's major competitor Club Rotes Kliff, distinguished by its hip but not necessarily young crowd.
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