Shop, feast and enjoy Germany’s luxurious island
Sylt is more than just a holiday island. Sylt, the queen of the North Sea, is a way of life that sets in as soon as you set foot on the island. Here you can relax in first-class nature, enjoy the culinary skills of top chefs and shop in fine craft shops and boutiques. Get to know this luxurious destination up close. We take you to Sylt in a private jet all year round.
If there is such a thing as Dolce Vita in Frisian, then it is here on around 99 km² in the middle of the North Sea, directly off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark. On Sylt, as connoisseurs know, there is a very special atmosphere, a feeling of freedom and lust for life that no one can escape. The unspoilt nature, the rural lightness and the long beach coastline decelerate holidaymakers from the very first minute.
Between List, Westerland and Hörnum lie the first-class sandy beaches, the imposing and majestic cliffs, the elegant dunes, salty meadows and the flowering heath. Add to this the vast sea that delights its spectators in summer and winter. Walking, cycling or playing a game of golf here is pure bliss. Cyclists and hikers choose their route from a 220-kilometre network of paths. For golfers, Sylt offers no less than four golf courses. And if the North Sea is calling you, head for the east and west coasts, here surfers, kiters and sailors glide over sometimes spectacular waves.
Whether star cuisine or beach bistro: gourmets can experience a lot on Sylt
Sylt is a cult. Also among lovers of fine cuisine, legendary gourmet places like the Sansibar, Bodendorf’s or the Söl’ring Hof attract gourmets from all over the world, as the island has more than 200 restaurants. Whether North German or international, uncomplicated or sophisticated, culinary delights are always in season on the island.
From the small fish smokehouse to the casual beach bistro and the elegant star restaurant, at the top of the menus, are mostly regional products from the island’s sea and herb gardens. Oysters from List, herbs from the Morsum meadows, mussels from the North Sea and so much more.
The star chefs Jan-Philipp Berner (Söl’ring Hof – www.soelring-hof.de) and Holger Bodendorf (Landhaus Stricker – www.landhaus-stricker.com) are members of the association for regional food and cooking culture, so are the Wonnemeyers (www.wonnemeyer.de) with their restaurant of the same name in the Lister Weststrandhalle. In addition, some chefs and restaurants on Sylt are internationally renowned, especially those that have been awarded by the Michelin Guide. The Söl’ring Hof in Rantum, for example, is the measure of all things with two stars. In 1991, Johannes King had cooked the first star for the Rantum restaurant, in 2004 the second and defended it since then. At the turn of the year, he handed over the reins to his long-time chef Jan-Philipp Berner. Felix Gabel from Kai 3 in Hörnumer Budersand (www.budersand.de/de/restaurants-bar/kai3) and Holger Bodendorf from Bodendorf’s in Tinnumer Landhaus Stricker, each have one star.
Sylt also offers new culinary discoveries time and again. Alexandro Pape, for example, the top chef has also been a salt farmer for six years, and extracts salt from the water of the North Sea. He brews beer from the pure condensate left over from salt extraction. In his Sylter Genussmacherei (sylter-genussmacherei.de) he also runs a modern cooking studio.
Enjoy natural wellness on Sylt
First-class enjoyment naturally also includes first-class relaxation. Walks by the sea are not only good for your fitness, but also for your health. With every breath, a mixture of finely atomised seawater, salt, iodine and trace elements is blown into the lungs. This clears the airways in a completely natural way. An ideal complement are the island’s wellness facilities, which also rely on the healing powers of the sea, with thalasso treatments and healing mud. In addition, there are traditions from distant countries: Shiatsu and Reiki as well as treatments with herbs and warm basalt stones. Many hotels offer holidaymakers a wellness package. The largest offer, however, can be found at the Syltness Center (www.syltnesscenter.de), the day spa in Westerland. Situated between the surf and the dunes, you can relax in the seawater bubble bath or enjoy an algae treatment. A hot tip for chilly days: a visit to one of the four beach saunas on the west coast.
From arts and crafts to designer fashion: shopping on Sylt is an experience
On holiday, many people also like to take time for shopping, and one can do this particularly well in Sylt. There are many small producers and manufacturers on the island who specialise in high-quality souvenirs typical of Sylt. Among them are many gourmet items, fashion accessories and art articles. In Kampen’s boutiques you will also find designer pieces from local and international labels. In Westerland, we recommend the pedestrian zone with all its shops.
ABC of the island villages – a guide for your holiday on Sylt
One island, five municipalities and twelve towns. When you land on Sylt by private jet, all directions are open to you. It’s up to you whether you stay in Westerland in the centre of the island or prefer to make a detour to the south (e.g. to Hörnum or Rantum) or north (e.g. Kampen or List). In between are other wonderful places that are worth a visit.
Archsum: The village lies idyllically between salt marshes and the sea, and is considered the island’s haven of peace. Things only get turbulent when the gallows are erected and a tiny brass ring becomes the apple of the eye of an entire village. It is the task of the ring riders to impale it from a gallop with a lance. Eight Sylt clubs still maintain this tradition today.
Braderup: Purple-flowering heath covers Wenningstedt’s little sister like a luminous carpet that spreads all the way down to the Wadden Sea. Braderup Heath is the largest contiguous area of heath in Schleswig-Holstein and a retreat for nature lovers.
Hörnum: The village touches the sea all around with the finest sandy beaches and lets two seas collide at the southernmost tip of the island. Excursion boats to the neighbouring islands leave from the harbour every day. If you want to hold the helm yourself, check out the Sylt Catamaran Club or the Sylt Yacht Club. Just a jump away is the southernmost golf course on the island.
Kampen: The prominent village likes to set its own standards, combining village and nightlife, tradition and modernity. The Pony, one of the oldest nightclubs in Germany, is still the place to party. Many celebrities love it here, like once the famous Playboy photographer Gunter Sachs.
Keitum: A walk through the captain’s village with its old Frisian houses and stone ramparts is like a little journey back in time. The Sylt Museum and the Old Frisian House from 1640 are definitely part of it. In addition, there are many handicrafts and international fashion designers to admire and buy in the village. Thatched-roof houses and pretty gardens enchant visitors on their way through the village to the oldest church on the island.
List: In List you are on the northernmost tip of the island. Germany’s only shifting sand dunes stretch out here and nowhere else do oysters come fresher on the table: up to three million tasty shellfish ripen every year in Blidsel Bay off List.
Morsum: In Morsum, Sylt shows itself from its most original side. A chat is as much a part of village life here as the smell of freshly mown grain. At the far eastern tip of the island, the Morsum cliff rises up over a length of 1,800 metres. In 1923, it was one of the first areas on Sylt to be placed under nature conservation, and is now one of the most important geotopes in Germany.
Munkmarsch: Standing at the small marina of Munkmarsch, it is hard to imagine that this place was the gateway to the island until the Hindenburg Dam was opened in 1927. The Sylt Sailing Club developed the harbour into a mooring point for recreational skippers. A walk from Munkmarsch to Keitum leads over the Jückersmarsch Bridge, and from here you can watch the wonderful play of colours of the rising sun pouring from the sky into the Wadden Sea.
Rantum: In Rantum you never have it far to the sea. Only 600 metres separate the surf in the west from the calm Wadden Sea in the east. The thatched houses are enthroned between the seas and the North of Rantum is one of Germany’s most species-rich bird sanctuaries.
Tinnum: Right in the middle and yet quiet, that is Tinnum, the bridge between town and country. The Tinnum meadows, which extend all the way to the Rantum basin, are a paradise for cycling and walking. On the way, you often meet grazing Galloways and horses.
Wenningstedt: The place attracts families in particular, and for a good reason. Every year, the Insel Circus sets up its tents, the new Sylt-4Fun Arena delights as does the bouldering wall in the Sylt-4Fun Hall, and of course, young and old love the wide sandy beach.
Westerland: The island metropolis combines lifestyle and tradition, hosts international sporting events and cultural and culinary festivals. The pedestrian zone is a great place to shop and stroll along the beach promenade. Relax at the very best in the Syltness Centre.
Private flight to Sylt – the airport
The hub for air traffic is Sylt Airport outside Westerland. It is open all year round and can therefore also be approached by private aircraft, when and from where you want. If you wish, we can also take your pet with you.
Private flight to Sylt – the costs
The cost of a private jet to Sylt depends on several factors. Firstly, the departure point, depending on whether you are travelling from the south or the centre of Germany, or from another country, the duration of the flight (usually one hour within Germany) and the fare will vary. This also depends on the season in which you are flying and how many private jets are available at your location on your desired date. We will be happy to provide you with a non-binding offer.