Sankt Peter-Ording

Sankt Peter-Ording is in Schleswig Holstein.

Understand

Unlike many other German North Sea destinations, Sankt Peter Ording is rather exposed to the sea, as it sits at the western edge of the peninsula of Eiderstedt (named for the river Eider, that is the southern border of the peninsula). Owing in part to its exposed position, it is one of Germany's prime destination for surfing and kite-surfing but also popular with people who enjoy bathing or the unique climate of the North Sea, that is said to be a cure for many ailments, especially respiratory diseases.

Sankt Peter Ording is moderately famous in all of Germany as a daily soap dealing mostly with surfing was shot here in the mid 1990s.

Get in

By train

Sankt Peter Ording has a train station, but you will probably have to change trains more than once. From Hamburg, Westerland (on Sylt) and Kiel, you will have to change trains in Husum. That being said, arriving by train has the undeniable advantage of avoiding the congested roads in the summer and you don't have to park your car, that is pretty much useless in Sankt Peter Ording anyway.

By bus

There is regular public bus service from Husum, which is also the closest major railway junction with service to/from Hamburg and Kiel.

By plane

The next international airport is in Hamburg (IATA: HAM)

Get around

The town is small and rather walkable. There is a bus that is included in the price of the Kurtaxe, but chances are, you won't need it. A good idea for exploring the surrounding areas is renting or bringing bikes, as the area is rather flat and bike-friendly.

See

Many people are enthralled by the sheer natural beauty of the white sandy beaches. Sunsets are especially spectacular, but if you want to see the beach (almost) empty, come for sunrise.

Do

Take care, these can be fast and rather difficult to steer for novice drivers
As the wind is almost constant, wind related activites are rather popular

The main draw of Sankt Peter Ording is its beach. Bear in mind that unless you are staying in town (in which case use of the beach is included in the Kurtaxe) you have to pay to go to the beach.

Sleep

Keep in mind that all accommodations have to charge a supplement called Kurtaxe on top of the going rate per person. This is usually not included in the "official" rate. The Kurtaxe is the rule rather than the exception in German sea-baths and ranges around 2€ to 3€ per night per person and is levied to pay for the upkeep of facilities, public transport and other services.

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