Traveling in Sylt, Germany
As a herpetology enthusiast, I have always enjoyed walking on damp forest foliage in monsoons, inspecting the surrounding for anything suspicious in hopes of finding monsoon critters, especially Pit vipers. After a few monsoons of snake hunting, traveling in the rain grew on me, not only to find some critters but also to explore a place in a different light, literally.
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, grey and chilly.
I stroll on the glistening, empty streets, skipping puddles, taking in the sight of the city drop pearls of rain.
The aroma of fried fish, a typical smell from restaurants by the coast, waft through the air. I watch locals cosy up by outdoor fire heaters in pubs; making merry, sipping drinks, warm and cold.
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.
Roaring waves of the North Sea play the background score, as I fought the chilly wind blowing my hair over my face and click pictures. I finally end my trip with a spectacular view of a rainbow.
Sylt is also popular for its Island biodiversity, read about it here.
Travel tips for Sylt
How to get there:
International airports are in Hamburg and Lübeck. Sylt also has a national airport and has seasonal connections from big cities like Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich among others. Using the train is the easiest way to get here. There are three train stations in Sylt, Westerland being the final station.
Although I travelled in November to enjoy the rain, May is still considered the best time to visit Sylt as it starts to get warmer.
Hikers, kite surfers, wildlife watchers, mudflat hikers, beach lovers, photographers, foodies, Sylt caters to everybody’s needs.
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 ambience and free breakfast.
Seafood restaurants are a dime a dozen all around Sylt. Gosch is the most popular seafood restaurant with fabulous ambience, found in a few locations across Sylt. Despite being a vegetarian, I love the restaurant for its spirit. They also serve salads, delicious potatoes dishes and desserts. I ate an apple, cinnamon pancake and loved it.