The 9-euro ticket turned the holiday island of Sylt upside down.
Shortly after its launch on June 1st, it was reported that a group of punks had "stormed" the island at Pentecost.
In fact, many came by regional train and stayed – for several weeks.
A few days ago, the "Sylter Zeitung" described the situation as follows: "It's the usual picture around the Wilhelmine: around 20 punks are sitting on the floor, full shopping carts are standing around.
Sleeping pads, beer crates, clothes - all in a wild mess.
A plastic cup is on the street, the first coins are collecting in it.
An elderly gentleman in Bermuda jeans, a light blue cardigan and sneakers is chatting with two young men from the group and throwing something into the collection can.” The popular city center smelled of stale beer,
After Pentecost, however, the situation on the North Sea island continued to deteriorate.
Business people and restaurateurs complained.
A fence was built around the Wilhelminen fountain, and the community even put a wall between a restaurant and a crêpes stand to keep the punks from peeing wildly on a private path.
The "Sylter Zeitung" writes that the wall was of little use and the guests knew how to avoid the concrete blocks.
The situation went so far that a round table was convened on Sylt to discuss the right measures.
In the meantime, the situation on the 18,000-strong island has probably relaxed a bit: The barriers around the Wilhemine have been removed, the mayor of the Sylt municipality, Nikolas Häckel, told the German Press Agency.
However, the problem should not be completely off the table.
"Our measures are always adapted to this dynamic on a daily basis," says Häckel.
We are monitoring the situation and will continue to react appropriately.
The frustration among homeowners, restaurateurs and tradesmen is great, says Häckel.
The economic damage to Sylt is also great.
However, the mayor did not give any details.Keywords: