The soundtrack of the Peazemerlannen

Fishing history and briny nature: you will find both in Paesens-Moddergat. The twin villages are nestled against the high sea dike, safe from the waters of the Wadden Sea. The Peazemerlannen salt marsh area outside of the dike frequently floods. This is what makes the nature reserve so remarkable. Hearty plants that can handle a hefty dose of salt grow here. Experience the sea both beyond and behind the sea dike and let yourself be accompanied by the many-voiced soundtrack of hundreds of birds.

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The perfect bird hotel

During an extremely severe storm, raging water smashed a hole in the dike at Paesens-Moddergat. This gave the Wadden Sea free reign and a unique salt marsh nature reserve was created on the border between land and sea. During ebb tide, the plant-covered area outside of the dike is exposed and during high tide it is completely under water. Fantastic guided walks are offered, but you can also set out entirely on your own. You do not even need a map to enter this open landscape; the path becomes apparent as you go along. 

The salt marsh is an important habitat for many plant and animal species. Birds use it as a place to nest and rest. It is a veritable bird hotel, with flowering, salt-loving plants providing a colourful backdrop. From dark red sea-blite and bright red glasswort to light pink spergularia and lilac sea aster. A magical sight to behold.

Spend the night on a farm

Do all of the amazing stories, beautiful views and sonorous birdsong leave you wanting more? Spend the night on a charming farm in Paesens. You will unwind completely at Bed and Breakfast Lauwersstate! 

The disaster that struck twin villages Paesens-Moddergat

The villages of Paesens and Moddergat had a large fleet of fishing boats in the 19th century. It was wiped out in one fell swoop in 1883. During a severe storm, 17 boats were lost and 83 men and boys perished. Some families lost all of their menfolk. The disaster signalled the end to fishing in the villages. Modern-day fishermen keep their boats in the nearby Lauwersoog harbour. There is a monument on the sea dike to commemorate this disaster.

Would you like to learn more about the history of the fishing villages? You can visit the museum ‘t Fiskershúske from March through October. Here you will find four traditional houses in which documents and objects are displayed in memory of the old coasting fishing industry and lives of the residents.