Discovering Sylt from your saddle

Bike Touring Collection by Sylt

Discovering the beautiful and diverse island of Sylt is perfect on a bicycle. On a 125-mile-long (200-kilometer-long) network of cycle paths, you can experience unique landscapes such as picturesque heath, spectacular cliffs, miles of sandy beaches, huge bird sanctuaries and unspoiled dune landscapes. The cycle paths also take you to the very north of the island, where you can visit the northernmost point of Germany.

In this Collection, we show you five beautiful circular routes on Sylt, which take you to every corner of the island. They are between 11 and 35 miles (18 and 56 kilometers) long and take you to the very north, south and east of the island. We’ve included a ride around the Rantum basin and a trip to the middle of the island as well. Sometimes the route takes you over the dunes, revealing views over the Wadden Sea and sheeps grazing happily. You will mostly cycle along well-maintained gravel paths or the old island railway line through the untouched nature .

On the way, you will also pass romantic lighthouses, thatched old Frisian houses and cozy beach bars where you can take a relaxing break. In the harbors along the bike routes, you have the opportunity to taste Sylt’s culinary specialties. If the charm of a certain place tempts you to stay longer or if the wind is too strong, you can hop on one of the island buses back to the starting point. Even if the weather slows you down, sunshine is always around the corner when discovering Syly by bike.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:02
    20.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour through the green east of Sylt takes you along the dike line, into the nature reserve Morsum Kliff and further through the original Friesendorf villages Morsum and Keitum.It starts in Westerland at the train station. From here you cycle past the Tinnumburg into the Tinnumer meadows and further along the edge of the Rantum basin to the dike. Here you drive directly along the water and you can let your gaze wander over the mud flats. On your way to Morsum you will always meet happy flocks of sheep. From Morsum you make a small detour to the nature reserve Morsum Kliff. Here it is worth turning off the bike and exploring the beautiful nature on foot.Back in Morsum, you can take a leisurely break in Café Ingwersen, where you can indulge yourself with homemade cakes and cakes in the rose garden. Freshly strengthened, you will continue cycling via Archsum to Keitum. From here it is not far to the starting point in Westerland.

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    35.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The great north circular tour takes you all the way to the north of Sylt. On the way you will discover the dunes of the Listland, the Wenningstedt family pool, the Braderuper Heide, the luxury resort of Kampen and the Friesendorf Keitum.The bike tour begins at the station forecourt in Westerland. From here you cycle towards the west coast and then take the bike path parallel to the beach behind the dunes to Wenningstedt. Here you can take a nice break on the beach. Then you drive past the village pond towards Kampen. Behind Kampen the bike path runs on the old island railway line through the untouched dune landscape. Past the hiking dune you finally reach the north of Sylt, where you make a small detour to the elbow.After you have seen the northernmost point of Germany, you cycle on the Mövenberg dyke to List. Then you drive further south along the sea and you can keep your eyes wandering over the wide Wadden Sea. Via Kampen you get to the picturesque Braderuper Heide. We continue via Munkmarsch to Keitum. From here you cycle through the Tinnumer meadows back to Westerland.

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  • Easy
    01:13
    11.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The trip around the rantum basin is above all a highlight for bird lovers. The Rantum basin is the most species-rich seabird reserve in Germany, where you can watch rare migratory birds, among other things.The starting point of the round tour is at the train station in Westerland. From here it goes across South Westerland until you turn onto the bike path towards Rantum. Past the Südwäldchen you cycle on the paved bike path out of Westerland. Shortly before Rantum you turn left to the port. Before you embark on the cycle path around the rantum basin, you can take a leisurely break. The Hafenkiosk24 is ideal for hearty dishes, such as fresh fish rolls, and the Sylt coffee roaster for delicious coffee and delicious cakes.Freshly strengthened, you then make your way around the rantum pool. You cycle comfortably on the dike of the pool. It is worth descending from time to time and enjoying the beautiful views of the bird islands in the basin and the Wadden Sea on the other side of the dike. Once you have reached the end of the Rantum Basin, you will return to Westerland through the Tinnumer meadows.

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    23.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you will explore the south of Sylt. You cycle directly from Westerland via Rantum to Hörnum and back. On the way you pass untouched dune landscape, have the opportunity to visit beautiful sections of the beach and pass the famous Zanzibar.Once in Hörnum, it is worth taking an extensive break. In the southernmost municipality of Sylt, for example, you can visit the lighthouse and make a detour to the harbor, where you can enjoy original Sylt mussels. The beaches around Hörnum are also worth a visit.The way back takes you back to Westerland almost the same way. On the way to the starting point at the train station, however, you make a small detour past the Südwäldchen.

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  • Easy
    01:52
    17.2 mi
    9.2 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the round trip through Sylt Mitte you come through beautiful places like Wenningstedt, Kampen and Keitum with its thatched old Frisian houses. Magnificent beaches, fascinating dune landscapes, the Red Cliff and the picturesque Braderuper Heide provide scenic highlights along the way.The bike tour starts at the train station in Westerland. From here you cycle parallel to the beach behind the dunes north to Wenningstedt. Then it goes on to Kampen. Here you make a detour to the Red Cliff, which looks particularly impressive in the evenings. From Kampen you drive along the beautiful Braderuper Heide to Keitum, where you can admire charming thatched Frisian houses. Here you also have the opportunity to visit the Sylter Museum, where you can learn more about the history of the island.You can then return to the starting point in Westerland via the green Tinnumer meadows.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    108 mi
  • Duration
    10:55 h
  • Elevation
    1,150 ft

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