The Wadden Sea region has an unparalleled dynamic landscape. This obviously starts with the sea, but when the tide is out, a vast network of channels and gullies is revealed, interspersed with tidal mudflats and sandbanks. The German and the Dutch Wadden Sea regions were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2009. These regions were joined by the Danish Wadden Sea region in 2014. This puts the area on equal footing with other such world-famous natural wonders as the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
From Den Helder to Denmark, from Schiermonnikoog to Dokkum, the vast and varied landscape of the Wadden coastal region is unique in world geography. Mussel banks, nutrient rich silt, vast salt marshes, and white sandy beaches, sand dunes punctuated by swaying seagrass meadows: this varied landscape makes the Wadden Sea region a unique living environment for all types of plants and animals.
In 2016, the Wadden Sea was voted ‘the most beautiful nature reserve in the Netherlands’ by the Dutch public. Read here how to make the most out of your visit to the flats.