Vacation at the North Sea: fear is around!  What is already a reality on Sylt is also threatening here!

Vacation at the North Sea: fear is around! What is already a reality on Sylt is also threatening here!

Vacation on the North Sea: Other islands fear “Versyltung”. (Symbol image)

Foto: picture alliance / Zoonar | Rudolf Ernst

Vacation on the North Sea has become even more popular because of the corona pandemic. While this should please many in the affected regions, there are also fears of the negative consequences of the tourist crowds in some places.

Favorite places for one Vacation on the North Sea belongs to the island of Sylt. The popular holiday island has already undergone a development, which is why it is also known as “Versyltung”. The phenomenon could also occur in other places in the future.

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Vacation on the North Sea: fear is spreading

But what does “Versyltung” mean? It is about the displacement of locals by the tourism sector. One consequence of the many tourists on the holiday island is that real estate prices are rising significantly, as reported by our partner portal This means that living space is becoming scarce or hardly affordable for the islanders. As a result, they are increasingly displaced.


A few facts about the North Sea:

  • the North Sea is a marginal sea of ​​the Atlantic Ocean
  • the North Sea is an important trade route and serves as a route from Central and Northern Europe to world markets
  • the area is 570,000 square kilometers
  • it is up to 700 meters deep


But this development can not only be observed on Sylt. Other popular vacation spots on the North Sea are also developing in a similar way. For example, the two North Frisian islands Amrum and Föhr or the high seas island of Helgoland. They are all very dependent on tourism.

Vacation on the North Sea: “Versyltung” threatens other places

The islands have teamed up and made a request to politicians. It is about affordable apartments for permanent employees as well as seasonal workers, trainees and students. So the number of island residents should remain constant.


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On Norderney there are already fears of “Versyltung”. Real estate prices have risen significantly on the island. Investors are converting living space into holiday apartments.

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There are also similar fears in the Baltic Sea. You can find out what Tourism Director Joachim Netz says on the subject at (gb)

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