Sylt has a lot to offer to nature lovers! Long walks along the beach, guided tours through the Wadden Sea, walks through the heath landscape or watching sea birds are only a few of the possibilities you have during a holiday on the "Pearl of the North Sea".
The Wadden Sea
Since 2009, the Wadden Sea around Sylt has been part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. More than 9,500 square metres of this unique ecosystem are thus protected and preserved for future generations. During a guided tour through the Wadden Sea you will get to know the large animal world that lives in the Wadden Sea. Guided tours are offered by many providers at different locations on Sylt.
On Sylt, many other animals romp about as well as seagulls: seals lie in the sun on the sandbanks around the island, while porpoises swim through the waves of the North Sea. Ornithologists can observe gannets, red-throated divers, avocets and oystercatchers, which can be found in the seabird sanctuary. The dikes of the North Sea island are populated by sheep, which are used here as employees for dike maintenance. And if you look very closely, you will discover numerous crabs, mussels and worms during a mudflat hike.
Experience nature on Heligoland
Heligoland has a unique natural and animal world. Coloured sandstone and red chalk cliffs, gannets and guillemots, Heligoland flintstone and sandy beach. You can discover all this and more during a holiday on Heligoland.
Bird Paradise Heligoland
From March on, Germany's only high sea island will become a paradise for birdwatchers. Thousands of migratory birds arrive on Heligoland and use the island as a resting and breeding place. The " Guillemot Rock" got its name from the bird species "Common Guillemot", as these only breed here on Heligoland. The Klippenrandweg, which leads around the island, enables holidaymakers to watch the birds from close up without disturbing them.
The Lange Anna
The Lange Anna is the landmark of Heligoland. It is 47 m high and consists of red sandstone. The former connection to the main island has collapsed due to weathering and the effects of the sea surf. For this reason, the Lange Anna can only be admired from a few metres away from the Klippenrandweg. Since 1976, there has also been a Kleine Anna, which is still connected to the uplands of Heligoland, and was created by the demolition of a large piece of rock.
Seals on the dune
On the dune, the side island of Heligoland, several hundred seals arrive every year in the winter months to give birth to their young. Since seals always return to the place of their own birth, the population is growing from year to year. Holidaymakers can watch the grey seals from wooden footbridges, which are distributed all over the dune. This allows you to take pictures of the animals and study their behaviour while standing at a safe distance.