Museum Kunst der Westküste
Art lovers will enjoy visiting the "Museum Kunst der Westküste" art museum (www.mkdw.de). Located in the town of Alkersum, the museum is home to the painting collection donated by the museum's founder and pharmaceutical entrepreneur Dr. Frederik Paulsen Jr. The collection includes artworks of important Scandinavian and German artists of the 19th and 20th centuries including the works of German impressionists Max Liebermann and Otto H. Engel as well the Expressionists Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann and Edvard Munch. Temporary exhibitions of past and contemporary artists make it worthwhile to visit the museum on repeated occasions.
Dr. Carl Haeberlin-Friesenmuseum
This small open-air museum was initiated by a local historian and physician 100 years ago and extends across a 10,000 square meter plot in the centre of Wyk. Visitors can gain insight into the heyday of whaling, see traditional costumes, and admire the collection of testimonies to culture and nature. For further information pertaining to the museum as well as current exhibitions and events, visit www.friesen-museum.de
Readings and concerts
Föhr has much to offer those inspired by music and spoken word, especially in the summer. The "Föhrer Literatursommer" (Föhr literature summer) has become quite a tradition. Renowned writers and actors present their latest works at the Kurgartensaal or the city library in Wyk. You can also hear renowned artists and ensembles as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Other cultural highlights include the annual jazz festival "Jazz goes Föhr" as well as atmospheric church concerts, which take place all year round. For more information pertaining to events on the island, visit www.foehr.de/veranstaltungen.
Festivals & traditions
There are numerous festivals and traditions on the island of Föhr. A few of these include the "Biikebrennen" bonfire festival, "Ringreiten" (ring riding) shows, the "Maibaumfest" (maypole celebration) in Oevenum and the "Hafenfest" (harborfest) in Wyk including the "Föhr on Fire" fireworks show. At the ring riding shows, equestrians demonstrate their skills by collecting metal rings with a lance while at a gallop. The "Biikebrennen" bonfire festival is traditionally held on the 21st of February each year. Large bonfires are lit all across Sylt, Amrum, Föhr, and the Halligen islands as well as vast parts of the North Frisian mainland. According to pagan custom, this helped expel the evil spirits and protect the crops. Today locals come together with visitors around a fire with a glass of hot cider and then usually eat a traditional dinner of curly kale.