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Sylt is with 99.14 km ² the largest North Sea island of Germany. It extends north-south from the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein. The northern German island is known primarily for its tourist resorts Westerland, Kampen and Wenningstedt and for the nearly 40 km long west beach.
Around 8000 BC, Sylt was separated from the mainland and became an island. In 1141, Sylt was first mentioned, at that time as "silt" or "Sild". "Silt" comes probably from the Anglo-Saxon and means something like "threshold country". "Sild" comes from the Danish and means "herring". The herring fishing was an important industry for the islanders. 1668 was the herring to the emblem of Sylt. 1386 Sylt belonged to the Duchy of Schleswig to the one part and to another part of the Kingdom of Denmark. 1769 the islandincluded 2814 inhabitants. In 1855 the resort was founded in Westerland. In the same year the first lighthouse was opened on Sylt and served as a guide to mariners. Since 1927, Sylt is about the Hindenburg causeway to the mainland about the Hindenburg.
The fascinating natural landscape, 40 kilometers of fine sandy beaches, calm sea in the east, green dikes, flowering heath and a healthy, bracing climate and a pure make this island so unique.
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