A vast and open landscape including the Wadden Sea coast, dikes and mounds. An area free of mass tourism and where peace and tranquility prevails. A unique destination for visitors to explore and be filled with amazement, not only by the World Heritage Site landscape, but also by the Lauwersmeer National Park and Noord Friesland Outer Dikes. Visit the museum page for museums close by.
It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time, before the construction of sea dikes, when the only sea defence was provided by the mounds. The “Terpenroute” (mounds route) forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and passes through areas that were formerly covered with water for centuries. You will pass through small villages such as Ginnum, Reitsum, Lichtaard, Waaxens, Brantgum, Jannum and Kettingwier with amazing churches, windmills and estates.
And you can climb the highest mound in the Netherlands – Hegebeintum. The Bezoekerscentrum Terp Hegebeintum (visitors centre) is a good starting point for a cycling trip along the mounds. Address: Pypkedyk 4, Hegebeintum.
Forget about the usual chain stores for a while. Go by car or bicycle and explore the North Friesland Shopping Route (Noord-Friese Winkeltjesroute) or the Wykeinroute. Many local businesses along the route hold communal open days for the public on a number of Saturdays throughout the year. There are: the candle making shop in Burdaard, Polish ceramics in Reitsum, a gastro cafe in Wierum, a working windmill in Paesens, and outdoor mosaic and lace workshops in Ferwert. Just some of the places that make Friesland even more enjoyable. Opening hours and directions can be found at Noord Friese Winkeltjesroute.
Yet another great route: every Saturday, restaurants, shops, museums and art studios along the Wadden Sea open their doors. For more information, see the Wykeinroute website.
Mudflat hiking is a challenge that is unique to the Netherlands. You should be here fort he mud but, onze you reach the sandy layer, it’s a lot easier to walk and you will be rewarded with some phenomenal views. Take special care and watch where your walk, you never know what is floating and bobbing around you. Meanwhile, nature’s clock is ticking and the tide waits for no man. Before you kno wit, the incoming water has covered your recent tracks in the mudflat. Is this a challenge that appeals to you? The mudflat guide will introduce you to a unique experience. Wadloopcentrum Fryslân (Friesland mudflat walking centre) organises various walks from Holwerd, Ternaard, Wierum, Marrum, Hallum and along Oan’e Dyk from Paesens-Moddergat. Also good to know: in Moddergat, you can interrupt your mudflat walk with a buffet of local produce.