I went with my mum and my sister and we stayed in a tiny holiday flat in Rantum, which is one of the districts on Sylt. It lies beautifully on the narrowest part of the island which is around 550 metres broad. That also means that you have tideland on one side and dunes and the sea on the other side. We rented bikes there and on our first full day, we cycled down to Hörnum, which is yet another district.
It took us quite some time to get there because it was so windy! But the nature along the way was absolutely beautiful and we stopped quite a few times to take pictures. Arriving in Hörnum, we actually wanted to have a look at the lighthouse but there was no way to get close, or we didn't find it. But it also looked pretty from the distance and I quite liked the idea that it once held the local school in there. My mum noted that none of the pupils probably had to ever stand in the corner. ;)
By accident, we noted a sandy path close to the lighthouse, so we locked our bikes and followed it, until we reached the most beautiful sand dune. On one side, they put massive concrete stones to prevent the sea from taking away even more land. But it's made in a very aesthetic way and I really enjoyed that sight. The dune itself is really big and while we were there, the tide was coming in so we suddenly noticed that the water was much closer than when we arrived. I managed to get my trousers in the water as I was jumping back though. Classic.
While we were at the dune, the weather got bad and it started raining. Thankfully I packed my rainjacket. It didn't rain for long though, so after a couple of minutes we were able to cycle back to Rantum. The first day on Sylt was great and I instantly fell in love with the island. The nature is beautiful and so different to anything where I'm from in Germany. Stay tuned for more Sylt posts coming soon!
Have you ever been to Sylt or another island in the North Sea?