Sylt vacation: Popular North Sea island is struggling with a big problem

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The 9-euro ticket is not Sylt’s only problem

Sylt: What you need to know about the dream island in the North Sea

Sylt: What you need to know about the dream island in the North Sea

There is a lot to learn about the famous North Frisian island of Sylt. It is largely a nature reserve and is home to the northernmost point in Germany.

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The North Sea island of Sylt fears a rush of guests with the 9-euro ticket – and at the same time is struggling with another problem.


  • In the past few weeks, many jokes have been made at the expense of the holiday island of Sylt
  • The reason for this is the possible rush to the North Sea island by holidaymakers who want to use the 9-euro ticket
  • The island is struggling with completely different problems

Beginning of June starts on the North Sea Island Sylt the holiday season – this year at the same time as the start of the 9-euro ticket. For this reason, some islanders fear that it could get pretty crowded between the beach chair and the promenade in the summer months. The fears of the people of Sylt triggered numerous discussions on social media about whether the island did not want holidaymakers who came with cheap tickets – and last but not least caused calls to “storm” the island.

The island itself is preparing for the possible travel rush with various measures, including the train capacities have already been increased. It is still unclear whether the guests will actually travel to Sylt in droves from the beginning of June. But even if the masses should stay away, the island has a completely different problem: it prevails staff shortage. Many hotels and restaurants are missing employees after the Corona pandemic.

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Sylt vacation: restaurants and cafés are introducing additional days of rest

This also has consequences for the guests: Some companies have already reacted and are relying on additional closing days or a reduced offer. For example, Café Lund in Hörnum decided in May to introduce an additional day off. On its Facebook page, the restaurant writes that this season it’s even harder employees to find than years past. “Not only the island location – and especially the location of Hörnum – makes the search difficult for us, there is also an extreme lack of living space, high living costs and the fact that the specialists we are looking for are few and far between,” the message says.

In order to still make ends meet and at the same time to become more attractive to new employees, the operators decided to close the café on Saturdays and only keep the sale of baked goods open, they write. The same thing happened at Nielsen’s coffee garden in Keitum. The owners of the bakery and café also decided to add additional ones at the end of the month rest days to introduce “Due to staff shortages, we are temporarily closing the café on Monday and Tuesday,” they also write on their website. It is uncertain when the situation could change again.

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Vacation on Sylt: Corona pandemic caused staff to leave

One reason for the staff shortage is the corona pandemic. In the time when many establishments were closed or only open to a limited extent, according to experts, numerous specialists have left the island. However, it is not only Sylt that is affected, there is also a lack of staff on the other North Sea islands such as Amrum or Heligoland.

But that’s not the only problem: Even before the pandemic, skilled workers were in short supply. Among other things, because there is a lack of affordable housing on the islands and many employees in the catering industry have to commute to work by ferry. (csr)

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