Welcome to Sylt, where there are many ways to spend an activity holiday: about 30 miles of hiking paths, a 120-mile network of cycle paths and a Nordic walking park with 26 trails invite you to explore the island’s varied scenery. Sylt is an ideal destination for all kinds of outdoor sports from cycling and horse riding to surfing and golf. A summer swim in the North Sea invigorates the body. Nowhere but here, in the immediate vicinity of the sea, does the bracing climate – i.e. wind, sunlight and temperature – have such a strong effect. The pure air and the iodine contained in it are no less beneficial to your health, particularly for patients suffering from respiratory diseases. “Sylt air is like champagne”, people say for a reason.
There’s no doubt about it: The North Sea around Sylt is an ideal playground for all water sports enthusiasts as well as those who want to try their hand at it. The fact that both raw beginners and experienced professionals can be seen pitting themselves against the sea creates a uniquely appealing atmosphere. On the western coast, where the sea reveals its wild untamed side, expert sailors and surfers are confronted with a real challenge. On the opposite eastern shore, however: calm tidal shallows, ideal for beginners. Several surfing and sailing schools offer courses for beginners and advanced students alike. In general, novices only need a few days before they can sample their first taste of success on the surf board. Whoever wants to compete with the seagulls, can do this during the summer months: Although paragliding was once more at home in the mountain regions, this airborne sport can now be found on the coast of Sylt. Whoever wants to go even higher: Tandem jumps with a parachute make for a unique experience throughout the summer months.
The magnificent landscape of Sylt and the elegance of golf are a perfect match for each other! It’s no surprise then that you’ll find four golf courses on Sylt, each with its own unique charm. Tee off against the backdrop of a lighthouse overlooking the tidal shallows, the well-kept course lined with numerous obstacles and covering extensive grounds, interspersed with areas of heath and arnica and several thousand square meters of water: Golf on Sylt –an experience !
Whether a guided walk over the tidal shallows or a cycle trip, an ornithological guided tour or an excursion to the cliffs – interested visitors can receive a host of fascinating facts and insights from our trained guides. For example, a visit to the blossoming heathland where rare plants such as gentian and arnica flourish in all their beauty. Or a trip to see the unique structure of the Morsum cliff, formed ten million years ago. Or how about a horse and carriage trip through idyllic Keitum?
A torch-lit walk or an expedition across the beach or mud flats: These are just some of the countless ways in which you can discover Sylt on foot. The possibilities are endless; whether across the fields in the east of Sylt, the stunningly beautiful Braderup heath, the “wandering” dunes of List or the magnificent western shore with its breathtaking breakers.
The tidal shallows may indeed look like a lifeless grey mass of silt at first sight. But despite this, the variety of living organisms is astonishing. One square meter is occupied by many thousands of mussels, snails and worms. Along with the mountains of the Alps, the tidal shallows represent the last extensive natural landscape in central Europe. This unique ecosystem should only be explored with a trained and experienced guide.
To the north of Rantum lies a nature reserve for birds that is home to some of the most diverse species in Northern Germany. An ornithological guided tour will provide you with fascinating information on the more than 50 different species of bird which breed or stop over in the Rantum basin. However a visit is worthwhile not only for bird watchers.
The embankment which surrounds the Rantum-Becken offers an extensive walk which allows you to cross the tidal shallows with almost dry feet.
Experience the unspoilt nature of Sylt by bicycle. Discover the island’s most beautiful locations with our experienced local guides. No matter whether the tour goes through picturesque Keitum with its wonderful Frisian houses and secluded streets or whether it heads northwards through the dunes along the route of the former island railway to List, - you’re sure to experience nature in all its unspoilt charm.
Trained and experienced riders will accompany you on stunning excursions across the mud flats, along the beach or over the Braderup heath.