Theme Week Sylt – Westerland

22 March 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Westerland Beach © Toksave/cc-by-sa-3.0

Westerland Beach © Toksave/cc-by-sa-3.0

Westerland is the largest resort on the island, the local transportation hub and the centre of Sylt’s tourist industry. Westerland is located on the western shore of the island. It lies 70 km northwest of Husum, 74 km west of Flensburg, 134 km northwest of Kiel and 186 km northwest of Hamburg. Thanks to its affluent, glamorous lifestyle and thriving tourism industry, Westerland has been called the Beverly Hills of Germany. Westerland is the central hub for supply, retailing, and numerous services that are provided to the inhabitants and visitors on the island of Sylt. The twin town is St. Moritz in Switzerland.   read more…

Theme Week Sylt

21 March 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  14 minutes

© - Tobias Mandt/cc-by-2.0

© – Tobias Mandt/cc-by-2.0

Sylt is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein, and well known for the distinctive shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands and is the largest island in North Frisia. The northernmost island of Germany, it is known for its tourist resorts, notably Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt-Braderup, as well as for its 40-kilometre-long (25-mile) sandy beach. Since 1927, Sylt has been connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm causeway. In latter years, it has been a resort for the German jet set and tourists in search of occasional celebrity sighting. The island was used during the filming of The Ghost Writer, as an alternate location for Martha’s Vineyard, due to travel restrictions on the film’s director, Roman Polanski. A starring role plays the ferry between the islands of Sylt and Rømø.   read more…

Seaside Resort architecture

4 January 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  8 minutes

Ahlbeck Pier © Niteshift/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ahlbeck Pier © Niteshift/cc-by-sa-3.0

Resort architecture or Bäder architecture (German: Bäderarchitektur) is an architectural style that is especially characteristic of spas and seaside resorts on the German Baltic coast. The style evolved since the foundation of Heiligendamm in 1793, and flourished especially around the year 1900, when resorts were connected to big cities via railway lines. Until today, many buildings on the German coasts are built in the style or feature distinct elements of resort architecture.   read more…

Sylt, the Queen of the North Sea

22 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sustainability Reading Time:  9 minutes

House Kliffende in Kampen © Noop1958

House Kliffende in Kampen © Noop1958

Sylt has been established as a holiday retreat for the German financial aristocracy during the 70s and 80s, were they created permanent residences or at least bought in on a high scale. Especially in the summer months the A to Z celebrity-density peak, but also outside the main holiday season usually much value is given to the “see and be seen” game. Major events are arising if the island is surrounded by a swarm of private aircrafts to land on the island airport.   read more…

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