Thursday, April 19, 2012

A day at Sylt

During the Easter holidays, I made a day trip with two other AFS exchange student from Argentina and Italy and my Contact Person to Sylt, an island in Northern Germany. 

First of all, Sylt the largest German island in North Sea, occupying an area of 38 square miles. Since 1927, it has been connected to the mainland. However, the ONLY connection between the island and the mainland is the Hindenburgdamm causeway, a railway corridor.

Yes, it means that there is no road that links the island to the mainland and the one and only way to get to the island is by train. Of course, if you're in an extremely great mood to walk, the island is only 9 to 16 km off the mainland. *winks* But you should also consider the tidal level because during high tide, there might not be land for you to walk on. heehe. Then again, please do not feel challenged because I should warn you before hand that the railway traffic is heavy each day,  just in case you attempt going to Sylt by foot on the railway tracks. ^^
This is an information from Wikipedia:
Every day, more than 100 trains pass over the causeway, 50 of those ferrying cars (there is no road link to Sylt). Each year, the railway ferries more than 450,000 vehicles over the causeway.

So, I suggest that you take the train if you plan to visit Sylt because it only takes 30 minutes from the auto terminals at Niebüll on the mainland to Westerland on Sylt.
Here is a picture of the railway track and as you can see on the left and right side is the North Sea already.
This is Sylt Island. :) Yes, it is a shape of a slanted 'T'. We took the train all the way to the Westerland in the middle. It was not far from where we lived. It only took us around 2 hours train ride.

Here, find out more about the Sylt Island.

On the way to Sylt, we made an hour pit stop at a town called Husum to see the famous Krokusblüte flower but which is said to bloom during the month of March and April. We were all anticipated to see the beautiful 'sea' of violet flower but unfortunately, when we arrived at the field where the flowers normally bloomed, they were no longer there; all there was were wilted Krokusblüte flowers.
This was what we expected to see but there was no luck to see the beautiful flowers.

Despite having unable to see the beautiful
Krokusblüte flower, Husum was still a town worth visiting as it was very beautiful. It was a small and peaceful little town.

The weather that day made it even more beautiful. The great weather that day was of course what we prayed for for a day spent at the beach.

A park in Husum.

At the morning market.

The Husum harbour at the background.
After a short hour spent at Husum, we continued our journey to Sylt. It was around late morning that we arrived at Westerland in Sylt. When we arrived, people were already busy walking on the streets of Westerland while some others were enjoying their drink out in the sun.

I find it very funny how the people living in the cold country enjoy the sun, they actually sit outside the cafe and FACE THE SUN DIRECTLY. I can never imagine anyone doing that in Malaysia. But of course, Malaysia is a warm country, so,  under the hot sun is the last place people would want to be. However, now that I'm here in Germany, I'm starting to enjoy the sun like how the Germans do because that is the only way I can get some warmth!

The sun was out but the North Sea wind was strong and chilly. My fingers were very much frozen! But it was good enough for us to enjoy our day at the beach.

Then of course, the scenery was too beautiful not to take pictures! I took many pictures but it is quite impossible to upload all of them, so, here are only some of the pictures that I took.

Everyone, meet my friend from Italy!


The other two exchange students.

A random person putting his kite.

Buying a ticket to the beach.
Yes, you have to buy a ticket to the beach if you are over 18. But I guess that it is not too expensive for 1.75 Euro?

Housing area of Westerland.

Beautiful houses.

It looks like a stairway to reach the beautiful blue sky. :)

The beach chairs to enjoy the sun.
Do you notice how the chairs don't face the sea but the sun instead? :)

The beach chairs are not free, you have to rent them for some Euros too. But we took advantage of the workers weren't looking. We made a few quick snap shots with the beach chairs before leaving the beach.

Don't ask me what 1959 means because it is just a random beach chair that we chose to take pictures with. We were already very lucky to find an unoccupied beach chair. Then again, we were using it without permission.

Time always flies when you are having lots of fun. Before we knew it, it was evening and we hopped on the earlier train back to Itzehoe to avoid the crowd.

It was a great outing with the girls and I hope that we will meet again soon!

I thank my contact person for taking time off her busy schedule to bring us on a day trip. I had lots and lots of fun!

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