Sylt´s Northern Dyke
So it was Sylt once again. On our diverse trips in Germany, since we returned from abroad three years ago, we´ve been on all major islands Germany has to offer along it´s North Sea and Baltic coasts. Usedom, Rügen and Sylt are the three largest, the first two being in the Baltic Sea and the latter in the North Sea. And now we´ve been on Sylt for the third time within a year, whereas we´ve been to Usedom and Rügen only once respectively in the past three years. Why? Well, to break it down to a very short answer: it´s the ruggedness of the North Sea. Obviously it must be more than just this one reason, but it really brings it down to everything the rugged sea influences. Apart from the North Sea itself, it´s the wonderful dune landscape, the super unforeseeable weather and the location of the island in the northernmost part of Germany, it almost has a feel of isolation to it.
The following images are not the tourist brochure images, but a snapshot of a very particular walk on a very particular part of Sylt. The Mövenbergdeich (Gull-hill-dyke) is a recently renovated dyke along a bay in the northern part of the island that has also been elevated to an up to date coastal protection height.
Before we got on to the dyke, we passed the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, a polar and marine research institute.
What I like particularly about the area around the dyke, are the curves and straight
lines in structures and landscape.
You know you´re in Germany when a bench in public has to fulfill some absurd safety norm.
Reflectors at the edges of the bench prevents absent-minded tourists to kill themselves
in foggy and dark circumstances.