8 PHOTOS OF A RAINY DAY TRAVELING IN SYLT, GERMANY

By Mamta Naidu
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Nov 16th, 2016
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As a herpetology enthusiast, I enjoy walking on damp forest foliage in monsoons. Inspecting the surrounding for anything suspicious in hopes of finding monsoon critters, especially Pit vipers is what I love doing. After a few monsoons of snake hunting, rainy day traveling grew on me, not only to find some critters but also to explore a place in a different light, photographically and otherwise.

Rainy day traveling

Rainy day traveling in Sylt

On a recent trip to Sylt, the fourth largest Island of Germany, located by the North Sea bordering Denmark, I rediscovered the pleasure of rainy day traveling while Sylt presented itself in its typical mood: rainy, gray and chilly.

Rainy day traveling

Rainy day traveling

I strolled on the glistening, empty streets, skipping puddles. Took in the sight of the city drop pearls of rain.

The aroma of fried fish, a typical smell from restaurants by the coast, wafted through the air. I watched locals cozy up by outdoor fire heaters in pubs; making merry, sipping drinks, warm and cold.

 

Rainy day traveling

In the outskirts, the hue of autumn leaves turned brighter and glossier. Exhilarated Hares scurried in gardens, taking advantage of the absence of people watching the gardens.

Rainy day traveling

Sylt Keitum lane

As a background score, waves of the North Sea roared, and I fought the chilly wind blowing my hair over my face and clicked pictures. And ended my trip with a spectacular view of a rainbow. 

Rainy day traveling

Rainy day traveling

Sylt is also popular for its Island biodiversity, read about it here.

Travel tips for Sylt

 

How to get there:

International airports are at Hamburg and Lübeck. The only way to get here is by train and the only train station is in Westerland. 

Best time:

Although I traveled in November to enjoy the rain, May is still considered the best time to visit Sylt as it starts to get warmer.

Activities:

Hikers, kite surfers, wildlife watchers, mudflat hikers, beach lovers, photographers, foodies, Sylt caters to everybody’s needs. 

Stay:

In spite of its reputation as an Island for the rich and famous, it has reasonably priced hotels, hostels, shops, and restaurants. I stayed at a Youth Hostel and loved it for its cleanliness, great ambiance and free breakfast. 

Food:

Sea food restaurants are a dime a dozen all around Sylt.  Gosch is the most popular sea food restaurant with fabulous ambiance, located all over Sylt. Although I’m a vegetarian I visited the restaurant especially for its spirit.  They also serve salads, delicious potatoes dishes and desserts.  I ate an apple, cinnamon pancake and loved it.  

 

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