Fly with SWISS from Zurich (ZRH) to Sylt (GWT) and exchange the Alpine foothills with the dunes and sandy beaches of the North Sea. For the numerous fans, Sylt is just "The Island", as it is the largest German island in the North Sea. Since the 19th century it is a magnet for tourists.
The sea, the dunes, the heath and the Wadden Sea, typical features of North German landscapes, are located on Sylt. The beaches are spectacular and known since the 1920s as a nudist paradise. For a day on the beach, rent one of the covered beach chairs which are ideal to get out of the brisk gusts of wind. Don't be surprised if you share the beach with some seals who like sunbathing as much as the tourists.
Sylt is above all a nature reserve: more than 600 species of butterflies live in the interior of the island, for many migratory birds the island is a breeding place. Sylter Flachwasser is a tree nursery for harbor porpoises. A guided tour through the Wadden Sea at low tide is a great experience.
Sylt has twelve villages with the typical Frisian houses with thatched roofs. One of them, the captain's house in Keitum, houses the local museum. Enter the village through a jawbone of a fin whale. Visit the Denghoog, a five-thousand-year-old burial mound built from plates weighing up to 18 tons.
In Westerland, today's modern capital of Sylt, you can go shopping, dine in one of the excellent restaurants or take a stroll along the beach boulevard. The constant wind is perfect for kitesurfing and sailing. Every year The Windsurf World Cup takes place at Westerland Beach. Cycling and horse riding are the favorite activities of the more active summer guests.
To replenish your energy, try local specialties such as Frisian breakfast with potatoes in shell, prawns, cucumbers, bacon and egg. Enjoy also the Sylt fish cake, fresh halibut or the Sylt king oysters. Enjoy your Sylt holiday, but don't miss your return flight to Zurich with SWISS.