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The "First Lady" of the North Sea islands

If you stand on the most northerly point of Sylt, you can enjoy the privilege of calling yourself the "northernmost person" in Germany. Other attractions in the village of List include wide beaches, an unspoilt dune landscape, the vibrant buzz of the harbour, as well as rest and relaxation in the Ellenbogen nature conservation area. Sylt's most elegant address is Kampen: small yet sophisticated, exclusive yet cosmopolitan, chic yet full of charm. Germany's most high-profile village has become a hot favourite over the last few decades with a number of famous guests.

Activities such as miniature golf, trampolining, painting lessons and pony riding make Wenningstedt the ideal destination for families with young children. On the eastern part of Sylt you'll find the resorts of Tinnum, Keitum, Munkmarsch, Archsum and Morsum and some of the island's most spectacular scenery. Behind the verdant dykes there are wide-open fields and lush meadows, with Morsum Cliff sitting in majestic splendour overlooking the mudflats and the heather waving gently in the breeze. The villages are full of old Frisian houses with their traditional thatched roofs. All's still well with the world here.

Westerland is the island's lively centre – a fascinating blend of nature, luxury, relaxation and high-calibre events. It is the place for parties, informal get-togethers, classical concerts and beach parties, as well as seeing and being seen, dining and shopping. The island has a fantastic nightlife, with numerous bistros, discotheques and cafés playing dance music, as well as places where pure indulgence and total relaxation are guaranteed. In Rantum - Sylt's "tiny waist" - you are right on the coast. Here, just a few hundred metres separate the rollers on the west coast from the tranquil coastal mudflats on the eastern side of the island. And between the two coasts are the sandy dunes topped by houses and also Rantum Becken seabird sanctuary.

In Sylt's sunny south, the houses in Hörnum nestle against the dunes and the pretty lighthouse stands guard in the harbour. Here, where 15th-century herring fishermen once cleared their decks, you'll now find a wealth of well-appointed pleasure boats waiting to take visitors on day cruises. Let's go to Sylt – Germany's premier party island. There's plenty of opportunity here to celebrate – and 1,000 good reasons to dance the night away at the hottest clubs around the island. No wonder that more and more of the "in-crowd" are making their way north to give new meaning to the word "party". Sylt is grooving – that's for sure!

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Highlights in brief

  • Westerland
    Seaside and spa resort, island capital, beach promenade
  • Wenningstedt
    Family resort on the coastal mudflats, Frisian chapel
  • Kampen
    Jet-set location, golf course, Uwe Dune (52m)
  • List
    Germany's most northerly seaside resort, lighthouse, Ellenbogen nature conservation area
  • Sylt-Ost
    Archsum, Keitum, Morsum, Tinnum
  • Rantum
    Typical Frisian village, Rantum Becken seabird sanctuary
  • Hörnum
    Southern tip of Sylt, Wattenmeer protection centre, base for boat trips to neighbouring islands