Explore the Wadden

The Wadden area is the perfect place for an exploratory expedition of the mud flats and straight through an area that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not surprising, because this area of infinite rich scenery is definitely something to be proud of and cherished. Experience a walk of the mud flats – you’ll never forget it. Try the flavours of the Wadden and spot the ‘the big five’. Whether you know the area or not, there’s always something new to take in.

UNESCO World Heritage site | A gift from Mother Nature

Some places on earth are simply stunning. Then there are particularly special places with a rich and exceptional landscape that qualify for a title. This certainly goes for the Wadden Sea area, which in 2009 was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site; a title that is not easily granted. This special area of mud flats, salt marshes, dunes, channels and sandbars is simply magnificent. There’s just so much to explore, experience and examine here. These are our five tips for diving into the Wadden Sea area.

Crossing the mudflats | A walk across the seabed

Various locations – Walking the mud flats in the Wadden Sea area is a well-known and popular activity in the Netherlands. Not surprisingly, because this is the only place in the world where people can venture out across the seabed for a considerable distance. When the tide is out, part of the Wadden Sea bed is clear of water. This is when birds forage for food and seals catch some sunrays. And it’s the ideal time for a walk across the seabed. With the occasional break from your walk to take in the guide’s intriguing stories and facts, you’re in for a day of active fun. Breathe in that salty air while your feet sink ankle-deep – or even deeper – in the water and the wet sand tugs at your shoes. It’s certainly clear why the Wadden Sea was proclaimed a World Heritage site.

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Dark Sky Park | Pitch-black nights

Lauwersoog – Nights are defined by darkness, but darkness can take on different shapes and forms. For instance: have you ever visited a Dark Sky Park? These are places where the nights are pitch-black, leaving you unable to see your hand in front of your face once the sun has set. These are also places where – after sunset – you can see all the stars in the sky, and maybe even the Milky Way. There are just a few of these official places in the world, and one of them is at Lauwersoog. The best time to come and visit is autumn, when it gets dark reasonably early and it’s not too cold yet. Furthermore, the elements will decide what’s in store for you. Naturally, circumstances are optimal during clear nights. If you are planning to enter the park by yourself, be sure to download the new night map you can use to follow your own route under the stars.

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The flavours of the Wadden | For connoisseurs

Various places – If you have a palate for pure flavours and ingredients, the Wadden Sea area is just the place for you. Its rich land produces an abundance of authentic flavours, from exquisite oyster and glasswort to all kinds of ultra-fresh fish. Local producers have developed and perfected the salty flavour of their products. The area is dotted with restaurants that serve delicious meals made using local products. Alternatively, visit one or a few small-scale regional shops to stock up on ingredients for a homemade yummy dish. It doesn’t get any tastier than this.

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Up the dyke | Inhale that fresh air

Various places – Walk up the Uithuizerwad dyke and clear your head in this stunning 63-hectare scenic area. An impressive variety of bird species have found a habitat here, from ringed plover to rock pipit and glaucus gull. With so many species here all year round, this is a perfect destination for birdwatchers and other visitors alike. Be sure to bring your binoculars and take in the magnificent views from the dyke (entering the scenic area itself is not permitted). If you decide to come to this area, consider going that extra mile to Noordkaap, the farthest tip of the Netherlands. This is another venue with great panoramic views.

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The big five | Awesomely beautiful

Various locations – Sure, Africa has its ‘the big five’, but so does the Wadden Sea area. This is home to a large number of animal species, which easily competes with other regions of rich fauna. While seals are well-known inhabitants of the area, they are not always easy to spot in the wild. Then there’s grey seal, which are somewhat more curious and inclined to pop their head out of the water near humans. The porpoise is certainly something to turn your head for, right? They are the smallest whales in the world. European sturgeon, on the other hand, are huge, and can measure up to six metres in length. Although sadly this giant is all but extinct in the Wadden Sea area, attempts have been made to reintroduce them. And don’t forget to Look up! Maybe you’ll see the majestic white-tailed eagle fly over.

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