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If you think of Sankt Peter-Ording, the first thing that will definitely spring to mind is the sea.However, the small municipality in Schleswig-Holstein has a few things to offer apart from dunes and the beach. Sankt Peter-Ording belongs to the North Frisian island and according to overnight guests, it is the most popular seaside resort in Schleswig-Holstein. It is the only German seaside resort to have its own Sulphur spring and so it is described time and again as the North Sea Spa and Sulphur Bath. Sankt Peter-Ording is well-known for kite surfing. Every year since 2006, a kite surfing world cup, which is part of the world championships, is held on the beach and it runs continuously for 10 days. It is the largest event of its kinds on a world-wide scale.
In order to reach Sankt Peter-Ording, you need to use the fast roads after the federal motorways A 1 or A 23, which will bring you further into the town. You can travel from many cities with the railway until you reach Husum. As a rule, you need to get off here in order to then travel to Sankt Peter-Ording. When you travel by plane, you should land in Hamburg. From Hamburg you need to factor in around 2 hours driving time by car.
Sankt Peter-Ording is made up of 4 individual districts. They all have their own unique charm. The district of Oring is separated into two very different parts by a dyke. The part that is located on the beach is lively, you will find beach goers and water sports enthusiasts here. There also needs to be a restaurant scene here, to cater for the tourists. On the other side of the dyke, you will only find peace and tranquility. The tranquil fishing village, which is what Ording used to be, now offers a lot of space for hotels, guest houses and campsites.
The district of Böhl is also very quiet. The beachfront has no deep water, some children splash around here. The district is characterised by its holiday homes and apartments that local inhabitants and tourists have built. Many of them are designed in the classical way with thatched rooves.
Of course the beach in Sankt Peter-Ording is the attraction that tourists want to see and experience. However, there are several other tourist attractions that should not be overlooked. The landmark of Sankt Peter-Ording is a lighthouse. The Leuchtturm von St. Peter Böhl was built out of brick in the year 1892. It is located on a sea dyke and it reaches more than 18 metres in height.
The Westküstenparkis also a lovely sight to behold and it is well-known far beyond the borders of the town. More than 800 wild and domestic animals have found their home here. Alongside beds of prey, the petting zoo is also very popular amongst the little ones. The park also accommodates the largest seal facilitiy in the whole of Germany: theRobbarium. At feeding time, it always gets very full here because the animals don ́t just lie around in the sun, they also perform some tricks.
The oldest museum in the municipality is the Museum Landschaft Eiderstedt. It is located in the district of Dorf and if will give you an insight into the history of the municipality and the surrounding area. Historic testimonials have been collected here since the year 1902. The contemporary stock dates back as far as the 13th Century. The museum is open during the summer months from Tuesday until Sunday and in each case from 10am until 5pm. In the winter months the opening times are from Tuesday until Saturday from 3pm until 5pm.
You should also visit the Nordseebernsteinmuseum. Here you will find out that you can also find amber yourself on the beach. The museum will also tell you for how long amber has been around, how it is transported and processed. The various exhibitions will also reveal bits that can all develop out of amber.
If you know about Sankt Peter-Ording from watching the television then you should visit the Silbermöwe. The beach café is a restaurant built on stilts on the Ording-Nord beach area. You will enjoy traditional meals such as "Halligbrot" with North Sea crabs. You can also get a Schnitzel with side orders for 12 euros.
The Restaurant „Stilbruch“ is also very popular. Everything is different here, clocks turn anti-clockwise, Schnapps is served in cups but it will definitely appeal to you. Besides the fish specialties, you can also enjoy a plethora of meat dishes from the grill.