The Frisian Islands – Part I

Frisian_Islands_Part1Beautiful beaches, peaceful towns, and excellent seafood: You would be forgiven for thinking we’re discussing the Mediterranean, but the islands of the North Sea offer all this and more. The Frisian Islands have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and more people are purchasing second homes on the so called Wadden Islands or choosing to retire there.
Our two part article series tells you everything you need to know about some of the most popular islands. In our first part we tackle Sylt, Föhr and Amrum.


The most glamorous of all the Frisian Islands, Sylt boasts four Michelin star restaurants, four golf courses and a glittering array of designer boutiques. The island has been a popular destination with Germany’s jet set since the middle of last century, and wise investors continue to compete for properties on the island. Combining champagne and caviar with a lively nightlife, world class water sport events and lazy days at the beach, Sylt provides the ideal blend of luxury and low-key relaxation.


Historic sites, traditional culture, and a packed annual events calendar ensure Föhr’s popularity as a summertime destination. Known locally as the ‘Frisian Caribbean,’ Föhr benefits from a mild climate and is sheltered from the high winds by its neighbouring islands Sylt and Amrum. There’s a good range of activities to keep visitors entertained, from spa treatments and water-sports to golf and tennis. Most of the properties are clustered around the quaint port town, Wyk, which sits looking out at the Halligen islands.


Home to one of Europe’s largest beaches at 15km long and nearly 2km wide, it’s not surprising that Amrum is a favourite destination for water-sports fans. Winds can reach gale force six, creating the ideal conditions for adventurous kitesurfers, windsurfers, and sailors. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy bird watching in the wetlands, while hikers can trek out to the neighbouring island of Föhr at low tide. The houses here are perfect examples of the traditional Frisian style, with lots of quaint villages filled with thatched-roof cottages and stone churches.

If you’re looking for your own place in the sunny Frisian Islands, speak with Engel & Völkers. We have offices on Sylt, Föhr, and Amrum and our agents are well equipped with an in-depth knowledge of each island’s unique property market. In the next edition of our two-part series on the Baltic Islands, we’ll be discussing the charms and attractions of Langeoog, Norderney, Borkum and Juist.

If you cannot wait to learn more about the real estate market on the Frisian Islands, our market report about German holiday homes might be of interest for you as well.

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