Tipp No. 20: “Königsberger Meat Balls” from East Prussia – A Traditional German Recipe with History (“Königsberger Klopse” aus Ostpreussen)

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My Mom was born 1939 in Königsberg in East Prussia (Ostpreussen in the very North-East, former map of Germany).

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Like thousands of Germans (the vast majority of refugees were elderly people, women and children), her family crossed the frozen “Haff” (= huge “Danziger Bay” between Königsberg/Pillau and Gdingen) with the aim to escape from the Russian Red Army and their revenge. Many lifes were lost and entire treks of thousands of refugees disappeared under the ice of the Baltic Sea (the last escape corridor) after East Prussia was isolated and cut off from the German territory by the Red Army in winter 1944/45.

MV Gustloff

As far as my grandma told me, my mothers family was trying to reach the last ship leaving the harbor Gotenhafen / Gdingen (todays Gydnia) at the Baltic Sea…the famous military transport ship “MV Wilhelm Gustloff”, which was acccepting civilian refugees.

But my grandma and her family was about 1 hour too late and missed the “Wilhelm Gustloff”. The transporter ship left Gotenhafen for his final tour this day.

9.400 lifes lost after bombarding refugee rescue ship

On 30 January 1945, the “Wilhelm Gustlow” operated under the flag of the red cross was bombed by submarine S-13 (Soviet Navy) and sank immediately after being hit by 3 torpedos. By one estimate, 9.400 people died, which makes it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in world history.

2,5 mio German refugees evacuated by a fleet of 1000 merchant- and warships. 

In a desperate act of humanity, about 2,5 mio German refugees were evacuated spontaneously by a quite unprepared fleet of approx. 1000 merchant-ships & warships quickly relocated to the Baltic Sea.

Do you notice something? Yes, we have caused a (admittedly just Germany internal) refugee crisis as well just one generation ago.

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Königsberg – Kaliningrad

However, Germany lost all Eastern states/ territories (Ostpreussen, Schlesien, Pommern, Berlin-Brandenburg, Sachsen und Mitte) to Russia and Poland, as a result of the WWII. Königsberg and the region East Prussia (Ostpreussen) was part of the reparation package, Germany paid.

After being largely destroyed in World War II by Allied bombing and Soviet forces and annexed by the Soviet Union thereafter, the old German city “Königsberg” was renamed Kaliningrad because the Soviets wanted to gain access to the Baltic Sea for geo-strategical reasons.

Königsbergs unique regional cuisine is unforgotten

Königsberg was well-known within Germany for its unique regional cuisine. One of the popular dishes from the city was “Königsberger Klopse”, which is still made today in some specialist restaurants in Kaliningrad and present-day Germany.

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Other food and drink native to the city included:
+ Königsberger Marzipan for teatime (pic l-h-s)
+ Kopskiekelwein, a wine made from blackcurrants or redcurrants + Bärenfang + Spirgel or Spirkel + Schwarzsauer + Klunker Soup + Rader-Cake (polnish: Faworki) + Tilsiter Cheese (Tilsit is a town in East Prussia) + Ochsenblut, literally “ox blood”, a champagne-burgundy cocktail mixed at the popular Blutgericht pub, which no longer exists.

East Prussia and and its formerly flourishing capitol Königsberg is lost but not the recipes of our grandmothers forwarded to our mothers…and then to us….

KÖNIGSBERGER KLOPSE IN CREAMY CAPER SAUCE

Für die Klößchen (for the Meat Balls):
250 g Rinderhackfleisch (Ground Beef)
250 g Schweinehackfleisch (pork minced meat)
1 Brötchen, eingeweicht (in water soaked roll) 
1 große Zwiebel(n) (big onion)
2 Ei(er) (eggs)
2 EL Paniermehl (2 soup spoons bread crumbs)
Salz (salt)
Pfeffer (pepper)
etwas Sardellenpaste (some anchovy paste)

Für die Brühe (for the stock / bouillon):
1 Liter Fleischbrühe, klare (Bouillon)
Salz (salt)
1 große Zwiebel(n) (big onion)
1 Lorbeerblatt (bay leaf)
3 Körner Piment (3 corns of pimento)
3 Pfefferkörner (3 corns of black pepper)

Für die Sauce:
3 EL Butter
2 EL Mehl (flour)
Zucker (sugar)
Zitronensaft (Lemon Juice)
375 ml Brühe vom Kochen der Klopse (Bouillon from meat ball cooking)
125 ml Sahne (creme)
Kapern, 1 Röhrchen (caper, 1 glass)
1 Eigelb (egg yolk)
Salz und Pfeffer (salt & pepper)

Außerdem: 1 kl. Bund Petersilie, zum Garnieren. Besides: 1 Little bundle of parsley for decoration.

Das Rezept ist für 4 Portionen kalkuliert. The recipe is for 4 person.

Zubereitung (Preparation)
Arbeitszeit: ca. 45 Min. / Koch-/Backzeit: ca. 40 Min. / Schwierigkeitsgrad: normal / Kalorien p. P.: ca. 754 kcal

Klopse (Meat Balls):
Aus Hackfleisch, dem ausgedrückten Brötchen und der geschälten, fein gehackten Zwiebel in einer Schüssel mit den zwei Eiern, Salz und Pfeffer einen geschmeidigen Fleischteig kneten. Den Klopsteig mit Paniermehl binden. Je nach persönlichem Geschmack kann auch noch ein wenig Sardellenpaste hinzugefügt werden. Aus der Teigmasse Klopse formen.

Brühe (Bouillon):
Die geschälte, klein gehackte Zwiebel und die Gewürze in die Brühe geben. Brühe erhitzen, evtl. nachsalzen. Die Klopse in die Brühe geben und ca. 10 Minuten köcheln lassen. Dann das Lorbeerblatt, die Pfefferkörner und Pimentkörner herausnehmen. Die Klopse in der Brühe in weiteren ca. 10 Minuten gar ziehen lassen. Dann herausnehmen und abgedeckt warm stellen.

Kapernsauce (Caper Sauce):
Butter erhitzen. Mehl darin anschwitzen. Mit der Brühe unter Rühren ablöschen. Die abgetropften Kapern und die Sahne hinzugeben. Die Sauce nun nicht mehr kochen lassen. Mit Zitronensaft, Zucker, Salz und Pfeffer süß-sauer abschmecken. Anschließend ein Eigelb zum Legieren in die Sauce rühren, die Klopse hineinlegen und mit der Petersilie garniert servieren.

“GUTEN APPETIT!”

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East Prussia – Ostpreussen is today a part of Russia, Poland and Lithuania.

Further Details about The Evacuation of East Prussia and Königsberg

In 1944 the medieval city of Königsberg, which had never been severely damaged by warfare in its 700 years of existence, was almost completely destroyed by two RAF Bomber Command raids — the first on the night of 26/27 August 1944, with the second one three nights later, overnight on 29/30 August 1944. Winston Churchill (The Second World War, Book XII) had erroneously believed it to be “a modernized heavily defended fortress” and ordered its destruction.

Gauleiter Erich Koch protracted the evacuation of the German civilian population until the Eastern Front approached the East Prussian border in 1944. The population had been systematically misinformed by Endsieg Nazi propaganda about the real state of military affairs. As a result, many civilians fleeing westward were overtaken by retreating Wehrmacht units and the rapidly advancing Red Army.

Reports of Soviet atrocities in the Nemmersdorf massacre of October 1944 and organized rape spread fear and desperation among the civilians — leading to collective suicides of entire villages of old people, women & Children left behind by their men servicing in the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces).

Thousands lost their lives during the sinkings (by Soviet submarine) of the refugee ships Wilhelm Gustloff, the Goya, and the General von Steuben.

Königsberg surrendered on 9 April 1945, following the desperate four-day Battle of Königsberg. The number of civilians killed is estimated to be at least 320,000.

However, most of the German inhabitants, which then consisted primarily of women, children and old men, did manage to escape the Red Army as part of the largest exodus of people in human history: “A population of East Prussia which had stood at 2.2 million in 1940 was reduced to 193,000 at the end of May 1945.”

Following Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II in 1945, East Prussia was partitioned between Poland and the Soviet Union according to the Potsdam Conference.

Southern East Prussia was placed under Polish administration, while northern East Prussia was divided between the Soviet republics of Russia (the Kaliningrad Oblast) and Lithuania (the constituent counties of the Klaipėda Region).

The city of Königsberg was renamed Kaliningrad in 1946. Most of the German population of the province had left during the evacuation at the end of the war, but several hundreds of thousands died during the years 1944–46 and the remainder were subsequently expelled.

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Shared No. 122: “Mango Lassi Pudding” – Recipe by Chetna (Blog: Spice Culture Cooking)

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Mango Lassi Pudding

The way to peoples heart is through the stomach,
as we are used to say in Germany.
Let beautiful Chetna seduce you to make a culinary trip to North India!

Chetna shares TRADITIONAL RECIPES of different types of Indian dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, in simplified & easy steps that any everyday cook can follow in their own kitchens and recreate.

Interestingly, she is also offering COOKING CLASSES. For details, please click here:

https://spiceculturecooking.com/cooking-classes/

As a first appetizer, let`s try Chetna`s eye-catching, delicious MANGO LASSI PUDDING…Please follow the link to Chetna`s blog “Spice Culture Cooking”…

Spice Culture Cooking

Here is a variation of the Mango Lassi that turns a drink into a really creamy and refreshing pudding that is perfect for any occasion or event!

MANGO LASSI PUDDING 

Serves: 6-8 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of plain OR vanilla yogurt
  • 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 box of Vanilla Pudding (6oz.)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 full can of Alfonso Mango pulp (can be found in any Indian grocery store)
  • 1 fresh mango – cut in cubes (optional)
  • 1 or 2 scoops of mango or vanilla ice-cream (*garnish)
  • 1 tsp of ground cardamom (finely ground) + 1/2 tsp extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream (*use for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. In blender, mix yogurt, unflavored gelatin, vanilla pudding, sugar, mango pulp, fresh mango (optional), and cardamomom, till smooth and creamy.
  2. In your individual serving bowls or dessert cups, put 1 Tbsp of heavy cream in bottom of each…

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Tipp No. 153: “Merciless, Thinking Illustrations & Cartoons” – by Gerhard Haderer (Austria)

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migration crisis
Adolf HItler, an Austrian migrant in Germany
Think Big! (right-wing populists: Trump, Geert Wilders / Netherlands, Boris Johnson / UK)…the Blonde Marie Le Pen / France and others are missing…
climate conference
Xmas Gifts
Dear Syrians Welcome!
Here in Austria, it is veeery “schiach” (bad / difficult / ugly)!
Germany is much more beautiful!
Or Sweden or England!
Besides we have got Mr Strache and the FPÖ (right-wing party in the government).
Have a lot of fun on your continued journey!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gerhard Haderer (born 1951 in Leonding, Austria) is an Austrian cartoonist and caricaturist.

Haderer studied at a technical art school in Linz for four years from 1965, and then studied engraving in Stockholm Gerhard Haderer (born 1951 in Leonding, Austria) is an Austrian cartoonist and caricaturist.

He returned to Austria in 1971 and worked as an independent commercial artist and draughtsman. He developed his photo-realistic style working on advertising, illustrations, and even designing maps for the Salzburg tourist board.

In 1985, after a cancer operation, he abandoned his commercial career to become a freelance caricaturist and satirical illustrator.
His first satirical works appeared in the upper-Austrian magazines “Watzmann”, “ORF-Ventil” and “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten”.
He soon began to appear regularly in the Austrian weekly “Profil” to which he still contributes.
His work then began to appear in newspapers and magazines in other German speaking countries.
Since 1991 his work has appeared regularly in Germany’s “Stern” magazine as “Haderers Wochenschau” (“Haderers weekly news”).

From 1997 to 2000, and from 2008 he published his own monthly satirical comics magazine called “Moff”.
He has produced designs for several satirical puppet shows.

Honors:
2001: Deutscher Karikaturenpreis, Geflügelter Bleistift in Gold (German caricature prize, winged pencil in gold)
2008: Goldenes Verdienstzeichen des Landes Wien (Golden Merit of Vienna)

Insight No. 34: Upgrade Your Life – Downgrade Your House – 3M Houses (Modular, Mobile, Micro) – Mini Häuser

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THE HOUSING MARKET – A DISASTER!

THE SOLUTION: TINY, MICRO, MOBILE, MODULAR MINI HOUSES?

THE SITUATION:

800 Applicants for one 2-room appartment in Berlin

  • shortage of affordable living space in particular in cities and small towns

Euro 160.000,- for 40 sqm appartment in Hamburg

  • Escape into “concrete Gold” due to no-interest policies in financial markets and the Outlook of another even bigger financial crisis in 3-5 years

Rising number of job nomads due to increasing number of temporary labor contracts and desire to improve life quality

  • requires increased demand of mobility – also covering housing

Rapidly aging Population in Germany

  • increases demand for smaller, obstacle-free appartments in cities and small towns that are offering a better service infrastructure and social life.

Rising number of Single households

  • cause booming demand for small appartments in cities

Rising cost and  lack of building sites

  • leads to usage of alternative building sites like roof tops,gaps between buildings,  use of the garden of your parents to build your tiny house – or house boat Solutions

Trend to simplify our life by reduction of consumption, to use shared economy service offerings and to foster minimalism

  • growing demand for simple, flexible, mobile, multifunctional, and smart housing Solutions

Decreasing purchasing power

  • increasing demand for low-budget houses Euro in the Price range of Euro 80K – 110K excl. building site and admin cost.

EXAMPLES OF MICRO HOUSES IN SERIAL PRODUCTION

EXAMPLES OF NARROW / SLIM HOUSES

EXAMPLES OF ROOF-TOP HOUSING

IMPRESSIONS OF MICRO HOUSE INERIOR

MODULAR, MINI HOUSES:

  • Nomad Houses
  • Option, Weber Haus
  • Cubig Houses
  • Fincube
  • Smart House
  • and so on

Delivery Time: approx. 6 months

Build-up: 1 – 2 days

Cost dependent on size in sqm: About Euro 60K – 120K and scope of extras, interior selection and personal contribution

Tipp No. 39: Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing (vegetarian plus customized upgrades)

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One of my personal favorites…

HOME-MADE CONVENIENCE FOOD

Ingredients

servings: 4

4 ramen noodles (servings of, you can use soba or thin egg noodles too)
6 scallions (– chopped)
4 tablespoons chili seasoning (Season with Spice’s Spicy Korean)
4 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

Method:
1. In a pot, cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Add to strainer, and run under cold water. Divide into two serving bowls.
2. While the noodles are cooking, mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. Taste and adjust if needed.
3. Add the dressing into the noodles and toss to coat. Top with scallions and serve.

spicy ramen noodle recipe

Notes:
– Since the dish is vegetarian and served at room temperature or cold, it’s great for a work lunch. Cook it up the night before, and have your lunch outside the next day. No microwave needed:)

This very basic recipe can be upgraded easily and quickly. For more substance, you can add  in a few of these items: cucumber slices, shredded napa cabbage, bok choy, baked tofu, chicken, half or hard boiled egg and so on.

Shared No. 117: “Family Photo Friday!” — by John Spiers (Blog: My Life With Gracie”)

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Last Saturday, I set up what you might call “The Smallest Book Promotion Booth In The World” at out church’s annual Flower Festival. (All royalties from the book until December 31st of this year will go to support the mission of St. John’s Church.) The little wooden stepladder was the one my chickens used when […]

Family Photo Friday! — My Life With Gracie

Tipp No. 8: Amazing 3D Organic Forms In Biomorphic Shapes by the Artist Sui Park (South Korea, now: USA)

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ABOUT THE ARTIST SUI PARK

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Sui Park is a New York based artist born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary. 

She is currently holding a solo exhibition, Floating Imagery at the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York. She also had a solo exhibition, Playing with Perception at the Denise Bibro Fine Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Garden of Humans at the Kingsborough Community College, CUNY in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. She participated in over 80 exhibitions, including an ongoing exhibition, The 5th Textile Art of Today at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovak republic where she received the Excellent Award in September 2018. Park’s artwork has been acquired by numerous places including Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in United States.

Sui Park’s education includes MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and BFA in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Sui Park also has MFA and BFA in Fiber Arts at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

THE ARTISTS STATEMENT

“My work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. While they resemble transitions, and transformations of nature, the forms are also to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations.

I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular, Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.

I often find these moments from nature. I think nature allows us to pause and find things that have been overlooked and are inspiring. Nature provides me with rooms to find breakthroughs and answers, and gives me time to ponder into thoughts. Through my work, I want to bring to our attention the moments that nature allows us to find and look back. I present nature in abstract porous ways so that they can be filled with our moments.” (cit. Sui Park)

For more details and further impressions of her arts, please have look at her website: http://www.suipark.com …if you share my enthusiasm.

Sui Park is also represented on Instagram and Pinterest with her organic installation arts.

Her contact details according to her website:

suiparkart@gmail.com
artist.suipark@gmail.com

Postcard No. 31: “ALNWICK” – Alnwick Poison Gardens, England

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The gate to the garden
Arum Lilies – Don`t stop, touch, eat and smell!
Childrens must be accompanied at all times.

While the trumpet plant Brugmansia was described by the duchess as “an amazing aphrodisiac before it kills you” and relaying that Victorian ladies sprinkled the pollen in their tea for LSD-inspired effects, further research into this plant suggests that the kind death it serves up is nowhere near pleasant – causing sweat-soaked convulsions and foaming at the mouth.

Ready for an adventure? …then enter the Alnwick Poison Garden in Northumberland.

ALNWICK – Alongside the typical gardens you would expect to see near an English castle is the Poison Garden of Alnwick. Behind the locked gates of the Poison Garden, guides share tales of deadly plants. Myths and legends are uncovered, along with facts from science and history.

Established in 2005, this unusual garden houses more than one hundred infamous killers; plants that throughout history have been responsible for countless deaths and illnesses, and used by many as an instrument of murder.

An unusual botanical garden, where only deadly or narcotic flowers are grown, this strange Alnwick Poison Garden was the idea of duchess Jane Percy and it was opened in 2005.

The opening required many of government’s permissions, as the garden is host to many dangerous plants, such as cannabis, opium poppies, magic mushrooms, deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), hemlock (Conium maculatum) and much more.

Before entering the garden you will see the signs with warnings not to touch the flowers or even to smell them, as it can be deadly. The walk in this garden can be compared to walk on the edge, but at least it makes it fun.

For more details, please visit the gardens website:
https://web.archive.org/web/20150405215459/http://www.alnwickgarden.com/explore/whats-here/the-poison-garden

Insight No. 121: “What Boris Johnson doesn`t understand about No Deal Brexit” +++ Informed Decision-Making – by TLDR News UK

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Sorry, but ….Mr. Johnson don`t know the WTO rules
…or he is simply ignoring them to promote a no deal Brexit….respectively his career development.

ABOUT INFORMED DECISION-MAKING

WTO GATT Article 24, § 5 a + b + c and § 7 very well-explained.
Please, take a few minutes and have a look into the unbiased presentation of TLDR UK News above if you´re interested in facts.

GATT Article 24 does not provide any preferential treatment of UK after a no-deal Brexit.

An “Agreement” with EU is required.
To fall back on Art. 24 GATT requires an AGREEMENT with EU and a Brexit execution plan and trade agreement because art. 24 only provides an interim solution till an already existing plan will be effective.
Each single WTO member (in total: 164!) will be able to have a say.
They can provide recommendations (UK and EU would have to agree on), and they are able to exercise a veto right.
That is the reason why GATT art. 24 was never used before.

….and there is no backstop solution ahead either.

Postcard No. 2: Sylt – The Queen of the North Sea

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Hello,

Most people abroad think Germany is all about Bavaria, Alpes, Castles and Oktoberfest…That`s a pity because Germany is much more versatile.

Look at the North Frisian Island “SYLT” in the very North of Germany close to the Danish border for instance.

The island is well-known for its unique shape and its 40-km-long (25-mile) sandy beach that has a number of surf schools and also a nude section.

Sylt is also popular for second home owners, and many German celebrities who own vacation homes on “the island”. Thus, many of the wonderful, traditional Frisian-style houses with thatched roofs are owned by wealthy people now.

Sylt is frequently covered by the media in connection with its exposed situation in the North Sea and its ongoing loss of land during storm tides. Since 1927, Sylt has been connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm causeway (today with a railway line on top).

Thanks to this Hindenburgdamm, the entire Island was turned into a Fortress during WWII. below the beautiful dunes at the shore, you can still find a few hidden bunkers.

In the past, the wealth of Sylt was dependent on fishing, whaling and oyster breeding. Today, Sylt and its healthy climate is a popular, sophisticated tourist destination for visitors with a more generuous holiday budget.

Sylt is an atrractive windsurfing & kite-surfing destination. The international Windsurf World Cup Sylt, established in 1984, is annually held at Westerland’s beach front.
Sailing, beach volleyball, horseback riding and golfing are also very popular.
Furthermore, the Island offers a wide range of Wellness & Spa packages.
Frequently, there is the opportunity to attend concerts, readings, arts seminars and exhibitions.
The visitors are also invited to make a trip to the seal sandbanks or to join a guided tour through the intertidal mudflat.

Of course, Sylt is famous for ist seafood (Lobster & oysters) but offers also all kind of alternative cuisines. The Island gives home to a number of high-class restaurants.

The Must-See on Sylt is the “Sansibar” Restaurant & Party Location (with an excellent cuisine) in the dunes that includes a fashion, souvenir & gift, wine shop – and runs also an online shop today.

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Sylt

Sylt is definetely worth a trip. Even in the high Season, you will find “your beach”. Except of Westerland (Capitol City) you won`t find many “construction sins” (ugly new Buildings). Sylt never supported mass tourism. This attitude might be snobbish but admittedly has got ist positive side effects…

Sylt offers relaxed life quality in all facettes.