Sylt is an island near the german and Danish border 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 as well as for its 40 km long sandy beach. It is frequently covered by the media in connection with its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm tides.
Beautiful shots by Klaus Müller, taken — among other places on Sylt — round the corner at Rantum Harbour…
With 99 km², Sylt is the fourth-largest German island and the largest German North Sea island. Sylt is located from 9 to 16 km off the mainland, to which it is connected by a rail causeway. Southeast of Sylt are the islands of Föhr and Amrum, to the north lies the Danish island of Rømø. To the east of Sylt lies the National Park & UNESCO World Heritage The Wadden Sea which mostly falls dry during low tide.
The island’s shape has constantly shifted over time, a process which is still ongoing today. The northern and southern spits of Sylt are exclusively made up of infertile sand deposits, while the central part of the island consists of a geestland core, which becomes apparent at the Red Cliff. The Uwe Dune is the island’s highest elevation with 52.5 m above sea level.
Sylt features an oceanic climate that is influenced by the Gulf Stream. The yearly average sunshine period is greater than 4.4 hours per day with some years exceeding the average sunshine for all of Germany. Also precipitation is lower than on the mainland. This is due to the low relief of Sylt’s shoreline where clouds are not able to accumulate and rain off.