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Westerland

Westerland is a seaside resort and a former municipality located on the German North Sea island of Sylt. Since 1 January 2009, Westerland has been part of the municipality Gemeinde Sylt. Westerland is part of the Nordfriesland district in Schleswig-Holstein. It is the largest resort on the island, the local transportation hub and the centre of Sylt's tourist industry.HistoryWesterland is one of the younger settlements on the island of Sylt. After the All Saints' Day Flood of 1436 had utterly destroyed the community of Eidum, the survivors built a new community to the northeast on a heath. The new settlement was called Hedigen (heath area).Westerlant (an old field name used by the people of Tinnum) had its first documentary mention in 1462. In 1695, there were 76 taxable houses.In 1855, the local Landvogt decided to turn Westerland into a seaside resort. After 1857, the minor village centred around a church began to grow into a larger resort. That year the first hotel opened - the Dünenhalle. Many others followed, although a number of them have since been torn down to make room for different structures. In 1880, the first solid building was erected on the dunes right at the beach. Electricity was available from 1893. In 1897, a telephone cable to the mainland was laid. In 1888, the Kurhalle was inaugurated, followed in 1903 by the art nouveau hotel Miramar, which still stands on the promenade today.
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