Sylt lies five miles off the north west coast of Germany.
It is usually referred to as an island, though in fact this
giant great big sandbar is tenuously attached to the mainland.
Jutting out 25 miles into the North Sea, Sylt is the longest
continuous beach in Germany.
Sylt's incredible beaches and spas have made it a popular
retreat for Germany's rich and famous and it is sometimes
called the 'Hawaii of Europe'. Since members of the Naturist
movement began flocking here in the 1920s, however, it has
also earned its reputation as the German birthplace of modern
The North Sea location of Sylt means that winds on the west
side of Sylt are strong all year long. On the eastern side
the dunes and rugged cliffs make for a much more tranquil
- Whether you're up for a game of nude volley ball, after
the exhilaration of skinny-dipping freezing North Sea or simply
want to perfect your all over tan, Sylt is the place to let
it all hang out. People don't tend to come here to check out
the opposite sex but there's an easygoing atmosphere where
you can just relax and be at one with nature. If you do need
something to warm you up a little, best head for the beach
- Sylt's wind-buffeted location make it an excellent place
to go windsurfing. Every October the world's finest
windsurfing talent comes to this tiny island to take part
in The World Windsurfing Championships.
- Where Germany's elite head off on their holidays, you can
be sure to find some fabulous shops and restaurants on Sylt.
Though they may be somewhat pricey for the budget traveller,
be sure you don't leave without sampling some of Sylt's famous
- In Westerland, the capital of Sylt, you can pamper
yourself with cleansing spa and beauty treatments. Some may
sound a little strange - such the 'Cleopatra Treatment', which
involves being anointed with milk, oil algae and herbs and
then placed in the Kraxenofen packed in heated hay - but we're
assured they have unrivalled purifying properties.