Wadden Sea World Heritage

You hear and smell the sea everywhere

The Dutch Wadden Sea area is thoroughly connected to the ancient rhythm of ebb and flow. Here you find a natural World Heritage site that has no equal: the Wadden Sea. You can let yourself be completely carried away by the wind and water. The bottom of the mud flats rises above sea level twice a day. If you take the time here, nature will reward you with its unyielding and vulnerable character.

By land, by sea and in the air

You can really clear your head here and then fill it up again with everything you experience in the unique northern part of the Netherlands. The Wadden area starts at the Dutch city of Den Helder and runs along the German coast and ends in Esbjerg in Denmark. A chain of islands forms a natural barrier between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. The sea is both friend and enemy here. The Wadden coast reflects the age-old battle between people and water: the genesis of the country. Together with centuries-old dikes, the artificial mounds known as terpen in Friesland and wierden in Groningen form an impressive cultural landscape. Then there is the intensely dark sky - the darkest sky found in the Netherlands. It stretches across the entire Wadden area. Lauwersmeer National Park and the Boschplaat on the island of Terschelling are even designated Dark Sky Parks. You can stargaze until your head swims. 

Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO designated the Wadden Sea a World Heritage Site in 2009, a nature reserve unlike any other in the world. Weather, wind and water conjure up the most beautiful wild nature here. You can basically see the line between land and water shift before your very eyes. Go exploring in salt marshes and dunes, or walk across the sea floor during low tide: an experience you will never forget.

The Wadden Sea World Heritage site serves as a home or a stop-over for millions of birds. Along with many other plant and animal species, they are part of a perfectly balanced ecosystem. You can see unusual birds when you take the time to look around. And maybe even a seal! No luck? Visit the Ecomare or Pieterburen seal sanctuary.

Idiosyncratic residents

There are five inhabited islands in the Dutch Wadden Sea: Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. The residents of these islands and along the coast have a reputation for being idiosyncratic and inventive. They have made careful use of the ever-changing nature for centuries. Examples include the terpen and wierden and dikes that were built to protect themselves from the sea. Or the new project Holwerd aan Zee, which involves reconnecting a village to the Wadden Sea instead of keeping it isolated from the water. Trendy cultural events such as the Oerol and Into the Great Wide Open festivals are very well known in and outside the Wadden Sea region, too. Nature is a focal point in every case.

The soundtrack of the Peazemerlannen

Run aground in the Wadden Sea

On board with the Den Oever's fishers

Unruly nature reserve De Slufter

Bird hide De Kiekkaaste

Climb the Noordsvaarder forest ranger trail

Walking across the floor of the sea

Explore the war history of the Wadden Sea region

Taste the Wadden!

Climb the highest dune on Ameland

Counting stars in Dark Sky Park Lauwersmeer

Using terpen and wierden to stay dry

Using terpen and wierden to stay dry

Panoramic view from the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center

 

 

Events

See all local activities and upcoming events here.


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22/Jan/2022
17/Dec/2022
Help the dune flora at Schiermonnikoog National Park

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19/Mar/2022
26/Jun/2022
Fat Bike Tour on Schiermonnikoog

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02/Apr/2022
10/Sep/2022
24 hours on the Wadden

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07/Apr/2022
14/Aug/2022
Move along with the walking forest

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Several dates in May and June
See the summer birds on Schiermonnikoog island

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11/Jun/2022
25/Aug/2022
Day tour running aground and mudflat hiking

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28/Jul/2022
Bird watching in the Ezumakeeg area

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11/Aug/2022
Watching waders at Westhoek

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01/Oct/2022
06/Oct/2022
International Chamber music Festival, Schiermonnikoog