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    Westerland – a brief overview

    Westerland, officially Germany’s northernmost town, sits on the 38km-long North Frisian island of Sylt. Renowned for its natural beauty, Sylt’s rolling coastal dunes and its wide sandy beaches are what brings most visitors here. Appealing mainly to the well-heeled top-end of the tourist market, the holiday resorts of Westerland and nearby Kampen have an exclusive and chic feel about them, with their shopping streets lined with designer-label outlets rather than bucket-and-spade souvenir shops.

    Although Westerland’s permanent population is a mere 10,000, another 10,000 hotel guests swell the numbers in high summer, giving it a party atmosphere throughout the warmer months.

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    Westerland Beach

    Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    The town’s undisputed star attraction is its sandy beach, which stretches for 7km along the seafront, and is filled with bathing chairs for relaxing and for people watching.

    Rotes Kliff

    Kampen, Sylt
    Germany
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    The 50m-high dune cliffs between Wenningstedt and Kampen have long been used as a navigation aid by passing sailors. They are best seen at sunset when the light turns them deep red.

    Kampen Beach

    Strandstraße
    25996 Wenningstedt-Braderup
    Germany
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    Just north of Westerland beach, Kampen’s offering is smaller and slightly less overrun with sunbathers, but it too gets packed in summer.

    Kampener Vogelkoje

    Lister Strasse
    25999 Kampen, Sylt
    Germany
    Tel: +49 4651 871 077
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1600 (Apr)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700 (May-Sep)
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (May-Sep)
    Daily 1200-1600 (Oct)

    A vogelkoje is a large trap beside a pond used to catch wild ducks. Between 1767 and 1921, thousands of birds were caught here every year. It’s now a peaceful nature reserve with around 700m of educational trails.

    Sylter Heimatmuseum

    Am Kliff 19A
    25980 Keitum, Sylt
    Germany
    Tel: +49 4651 32805
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Wed-Fri 1200-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    Sylt’s local history museum is in a traditional Frisian house built in 1759. It has exhibits on island life, Frisian culture, and the history of seafaring in the region.

    Altfriesisches Haus

    Am Kliff 13
    25980 Keitum, Sylt
    Germany
    Tel: +49 4651 31101
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Sat-Sun 1100-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Wed-Fri 1200-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    This old farmhouse, built in 1739, was converted into a museum more than a century ago, and has been restored to show how a typical North Frisian home would have looked in olden times.

    Hörnum Leuchtturm

    Hörnum, Sylt
    Germany
    Tel: +49 4651 96260
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    Opening times:
    Mon, Wed and Thu 0900, 1000, 1100 and 1200 (pre-booked tours only)

    Cast-iron Hörnum lighthouse has been guiding ships safely past the southern tip of Sylt since 1907. Climb to the top for a fabulous panoramic sea view.

    St Severin Church

    Pröstwai 20
    25980 Keitum, Sylt
    Germany
    Tel: +49 4651 31713
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800

    About 4km east of Westerland, this small parish church on the highest point of the island was founded 800 years ago, and has since been put to various uses. It’s tower even spent time as a prison.

    Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt

    Hafenstrasse 37
    25992 List, Sylt
    Germany
    Tel: +49 4651 836 190
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900 (Jul-Aug)
    Daily 1000-1800 (Sep-Jun)

    Around 15km northeast of Westerland, the Forces of Nature Centre has informative exhibits on local weather patterns, life on the surrounding mudflats and dunes, and the island’s continuous battle with the elements.

    Ellenbogen

    Sylt
    Germany
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    The northernmost tip of the island, 20km from Westerland, is a remote spot – a great place for walking, with little but sand dunes and sheep for company.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

    General Information

    Key facts

    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Westerland

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    There are bars of every variety across the island. The village of Kampen just north of Westerland is the place to head to for the trendier clubs.

    Westerland, particularly along Friedrichstrasse, has the more down-to-earth bars. In summer however, the biggest party is on the beach.

    Café Extrablatt Sylt

    Friedrichstrasse 44
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Popular café/bar beside the beach with sea views.

    Sansibar

    Hörnumer Strasse 80
    25980 Rantum, Sylt
    Germany
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    Lovely beachside restaurant/wine bar with a range of open wines by the glass.

    Cohibar

    Bötticherstraße 10
    25980 Westerland
    Sylt
    Deutschland
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    Cuban-style bar with rum and Latino music in the heart of the town.

    Pony

    Strönwai 6
    25999 Kampen, Sylt
    Germany
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    Ultra-cool nightclub – the oldest on the island and still one of the best.

    Club Rotes Kliff

    Braderuper Weg 3
    25999 Kampen, Sylt
    Germany
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    Trendy club serving fancy cocktails and playing cool music to the hipper in-crowd.

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    Restaurants in Westerland

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    Befitting its reputation as an upmarket tourist destination, Westerland and the surrounding villages are home to a number of award-winning restaurants with top-of-the-range prices.

    But there is also a good choice of middle- to low-budget options.

    Hotel & Restaurant Jörg Müller

    Süderstraße 8
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Friendly and elegant Michelin-starred restaurant offering fine food prepared from top-quality ingredients.

    Bodendorf's Landhaus Stricker

    Boy-Nielsen-Strasse 10
    25980 Tinnum, Sylt
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Innovative and creative dishes, given a delicate touch by a Michelin-starred chef.

    Alte Friesenstube

    Gaadt 4
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional restaurant serving local North Frisian food in an atmospheric thatched building.

    Strandoase Sylt

    Lorens-de-Hahn-Straße 42
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    German and international dishes served in a restaurant among the dunes, with sea views.

    The restaurant is closed until easter 2015 due to fire damage.

    Café Wien

    Strandstrasse 13
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Viennese café serving well-priced savoury dishes in addition to classic chocolate cake.

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    Kliffmeile

    December 2014/January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Kapellenplatz, Wenningstedt.

    A torch relay in the sand dunes kicks off this multi-day New Year’s party. Over several days, entertainment ranges from jazz bands and gospel choirs to acrobatics and drumming workshops. There are walks on the beach, fireworks and the traditional New Year Baden, a bracing dip in the North Sea.

    Biikebrennen

    21 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Westerland and Sylt.

    Huge bonfires light up the sky across the island of Sylt on 21 February. The tradition has its roots in a pagan festival, where fires were lit to appease the gods. As the flames go out, it’s traditional to head to a local inn to munch on curly kale.

    Sylt Run (Syltlauf)

    15 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Length of Sylt.

    Each March, hardy runners sign up to the challenge of racing the entire 33km length of Sylt. If you fancy taking part, either on your own or as part of a relay team, spaces fill up early. Otherwise, pick a scenic spot along the route and cheer the runners on.

    Wine & Gourmet Festival (Internationales Wein & Genuss Festival)

    April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Alter Kursaal, Rathausplatz.

    Leave your car at home and take full advantage of the superb selection of wines at this two-day vino fest. Visitors can taste wines from around the globe and tuck into gourmet treats from coffee and caviar to chocolate and cheese. Local hotels prepare special menus during the festival.

    Beach Polo World Cup

    June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Hörnum east beach, 17km south of Westerland.

    The adrenaline is pumping as top German and international polo teams and their Argentine horses battle it out on the sand to win the Julius Bär Trophy in this thrilling two-day seaside contest. Around 10,000 fans line the beach to watch the action.

    Kitesurf Cup

    July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Westerland beach.

    The world’s best kitesurfers whip their way across Westerland’s waves, chucking in a few daredevil stunts in a bid to win prize money as part of the European Tour. Onlookers crowd the beach to cheer them on, and chill out with surfer cocktails and DJ sets at sunset.

    Windsurf Cup

    July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Westerland beach.

    Hot on the heels of their kitesurfing cousins, Germany’s top windsurfers zip through the sea in this five-day competition in late July. Waveriding and slalom races draw huge crowds to the shore, with evening parties featuring live music, DJs, cocktails and athlete interviews.

    InselCircus

    July/August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Wenningstedt.

    The circus comes to town for the summer holidays and gives kids from as young as three the chance to join workshops and turn their hands to acrobat skills, juggling and clowning. See the youngsters in action throughout July and August or watch the extraordinary shows of the grown-up performers.

    German Polo Masters

    August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Keitum-Siidik.

    If the beach competition in June has whetted your appetite for more polo action, look no further than the prestigious German Masters, a 10-day event considered among the best in Europe. Six teams and 180 specialist horses gallop at speeds of over 60kph to whack the ball into the goal.

    Sylt Sailing Week

    August 2015
    Website

    Venue: North Sea around Sylt.

    Sailing enthusiasts flock to Westerland for the annual 10-day water extravaganza. Gazing at the high-tech yachts cutting through the waves as they compete in a variety of races is an incredible sight. Events include a hobie cat regatta and the Super Sail Tour final race.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Westerland

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    Westerland and the surrounding resorts on Sylt offer a wide choice of accommodation, but the island’s primary focus is on the exclusive end of the tourist market, and room prices tend to be higher than elsewhere in Germany, with budget options scarce.

    Despite the large number of rooms, advance booking is recommended in summer.

    A-ROSA Sylt

    Listlandstrasse 11
    25992 List, Sylt
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Large modern luxury resort hotel beside the dunes, with sea views.

    Stadt Hamburg

    Strandstrasse 2
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Exclusive, small family-run retreat in a traditional old building.

    Vier Jahreszeiten

    Johann-Möller-Straße 40
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Traditional family-run seaside inn, built in 1914, close to the town centre.

    Dünenburg

    Elisabethstrasse 9
    25980 Westerland, Sylt
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Centrally located comfortable hotel, close to the beach.

    Christiansen

    Zur Eiche 32-34
    25980 Tinnum, Sylt
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Small family-run place; possibly the closest Sylt hotels get to budget.

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    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Westerland

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    Key Areas

    The island of Sylt has a reputation for attracting wealthy visitors, and as such there is a big range of fashionable designer outlet shops in both Westerland and Kampen. There are also plenty of small boutiques, galleries and souvenir stores with less eye-watering price tags. In Westerland, look in the central pedestrianised areas, particularly around Friedrichstrasse, Paulstrasse, and Strandstrasse. Prices tend to be higher in Kampen, which is where most of the jewellers and top-end international labels are located, many of them housed in picturesque thatched cottages.

    Markets

    For those looking for something more everyday and functional than a Cartier bracelet or a Louis Vuitton bag, a small weekly market sets up on Rathausplatz, in the centre of Westerland, every Wednesday and Saturday morning, selling fresh food and other household items.

    Shopping Centres

    There are no covered shopping malls in Westerland. To satisfy those urges, you have to head back to the mainland.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

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