Auf Wiedersehen Sylt

It is Day 2 of 2020 – and we start out journey home via Dusseldorf.

We leave Sylt with fond memories and we especially loved the Landhaus Severin’s in Morsum Kliff – for many reasons.

Firstly, how genuinely dog friendly they are. As we were checking in, Olaf, the General Manager suggested to Mum that she could dine with us at the restaurant if she so wished.

In all the previous “dog-friendly” hotels, she always had to ask. And the answer was sometimes no, sometimes its in the bar only, sometimes they have a table reserved for dog owners. Of course, Mum took us with her. And when we entered the restaurant – there must have been ten dogs there! Some barked to greet us but was hushed quickly. A black lab came in later and he kept staring at George – he was amused by George wearing a jumper. He had never seen that before. Well, that’s what his owner claimed. LOL!

Even at the New Year’s Eve dinner –

there were eleven dogs! These were some of my mates.

We sat next to Holly and none of us had a problem with each other.

We were both focused on what’s on offer from the table.

Another reason why we love this island – there were no fireworks on New Year’s Eve. This is the island’s regulation – the main reason being the thatched roof houses.

Both the original houses and the new houses have them. They are very pretty to look at but not a good idea for sparks flying around.

That’s also why dog owners take advantage of that for a place to go to where their dogs don’t suffer on nights like this one.

That’s probably also why there were three large pet shops on one of the main strips of Westerland. We visited one of them – Q3N, Quartier Drei Neun.

Let’s check out this place!

Treats galore

We loved the landscape at Morsum which is typical of the East coast of the island. Some thinks the landscape here is bleak. Mum thinks it’s raw, rural and romantic.

The only thing is we were not allowed to do is to run wildly. We needed to be on a leash. Reason being there are lots of wildlife and birds nests in this protected natural wildlife area.

Nearer the hotel, Mum did let me off the leash and that’s the only part where I could run off the designated path ways.

But at this time of year, there are no birds nesting their eggs – just a lot of rabbits it seems. I could smell them but I didn’t see any.

There were paths and board walks to reach the cliff side and down to the coast.

And you guessed it – there wasn’t a chance of Mum letting George off the leash.

Can you imagine? He would have had the best time skipping across the acres and acres of wild land!

All this waters is part of the Wadden Sea – listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. This is the largest tidal flats system in the world, where natural processes proceed largely undisturbed. It extends along the coasts of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

George, there are a lot of sea creatures and other natural forces going on down there. Don’t think we should go splashing around.

Sometimes we meet small doggies on our walks.

That’s Milo and Eddie.

And see how well I walk when Mum’s beady eyes are on me – avoiding puddles.

It wasn’t a fluke – I did the same on the way back to the hotel.

We had five lovely days here where we felt completely at ease. We went for our morning walks towards the cliff side. We learnt something after the first morning – get out just as the sun rises. If not, soon after the sun is out, loads of cars turn up and there’s a constant stream of hoomans and their dogs taking walks to the cliffs.

So we avoided the crowds after the first day. And on the last evening, we went out for an after dark walk along the board walk. We didn’t go too far – just long the board walk and back – for one last glimpse of the waters.

George tight on leash!

We saw sunsets.

And with every sunset, we saw the sun rise – almost every morning.

Not because we were early risers – only because the sun rose at almost 9am.

We never made it to the 40 km of beaches on the west coast near Westerland – maybe the next visit we will have to do that. Not sure we will ever come for the summer – its crowded, and some beaches are off-limits to dogs. And with global warming this last summer got very hot. We’ll stick to the colder and quieter months.

For now, goodbye Sylt!

Thank you Landhaus Severin’s for a lovely stay and a memorable way to welcome in the new year and the new decade.

Auf Wiedersehen!

May’s comment: It was truly a dog-friendly experience.

Having 10+ dogs at each meal and it wasn’t even a doggy event is what we appreciate. We wrote about a fine line between living with dogs and through our dogs. This is what we want to achieve – finding places like Severin’s where dogs are treated like another member of the family.

And above all else, I loved the decor of the hotel – a Hamptons feel about the rooms. The interiors were modern but warm and a lightness about it.

Of course I studied the details of the panelling and the umbrella stands in the rooms.

Nothing makes me feel content and at home than being in a beautifully interior decorated environment.

Sylt is an island all the way up north of Germany – close to the Danish border. I had heard about it about four years ago and had always wanted to visit – and sounded like a perfect year end beach destination. Manuela told us about Severin’s Resort & Spa and when I called up to book, I found out there was also a Landhaus Severin’s – and I opted for the latter because of the dogs.

We visited the Severin’s Resort & Spa in Keitum. It’s in a small town with a lot of lovely shops and strip of waterside trail to walk. Again there were dogs everywhere in town. We went there for dinner one night and immediately they brought water and special treats.

I am glad we chose the Landhaus. It has only 13 rooms so its cosy and we all sort of knew each other after day two. Whenever we struck up a conversation with anyone, the question was always – What brings you here?

You see, Sylt is a German phenomenon. They’ve done some amazing PR in local lifestyle magazines – and it has become the Hamptons of Germany. a large majority – over 95% of visitors are Germans and the rest are German speaking Swiss and Austrians. So when we turned up – they wondered how we heard about it and what brought us here. And so the usual New Year’s tradition and that I had heard about Sylt from my friends in Dusseldorf.

The weather this year was milder than expected – so all the woolly socks didn’t need to come out of the bag. I have a tendency to choose places that are cooler rather than places where I perspire profusely at any attempt of movement.

You can access the island by air, by ferry or by train and car – but the train and car crosses one rail bridge – the cars drive onto a carriage that carries the cars across the railway line.

On our return, we changed trains at Hamburg Altona which was a lot better than taking the direct seven hour plus train to Dusseldorf.

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