The most beautiful nature reserve in the Netherlands

The Wadden is the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. A dynamic area that is transformed with every new changing of the tides. With walking islands and pitch black nights. A World Heritage Site that has been inhabited by people for centuries. From and with the sea. The birthplace of Dutch water management, with a unique system of terps, dikes, waterways, polders and pumps. Where creativity ensures dry feet and surprising land art, sustainable festivals and delectably modern salty treats. An area just waiting to be discovered!

These are the Wadden

The Wadden: a place to discover. Where the islands with their forests and dunes meet the ancient landscape of mounds and wierden. The Wadden are so much more than you expect. Walk across the bottom of the sea to an island.

Coast North-Holland

Vast polder landscape with historic places, beautiful nature, interesting military heritage. The coast of North Holland is ideal for walking, cycling and canoeing.

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Coast Friesland

Land of terps, salty nature and historic cities. Total darkness and infinite space. Headstrong and free. Living with the tides.

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Coast Groningen

Endless grain and rapeseed fields, meandering maren and ancient terp villages. Fishing villages and quaint little harbours. National Park Lauwersmeer lake. Groningen has it all!

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Texel is a Utopia for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Island of local products and delectable cuisine. Breathe in, relax and enjoy yourself.

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One visit and you’ll want to come back again and again. Vlieland, island of yearning, peace and tranquillity.

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Forests, beaches, sand dunes, charming villages and Oerol. Terschelling is an island of exploration, from the West to the farthest point of the Boschplaat.

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Ameland is MadNes and art month, sports amidst the unspoiled nature. Sustainability and hospitality describe this island to a tee.

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Island of nature, broad beaches, chamber music in the dunes. Relaxation and enjoying all the good the Wad has to offer.

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There are few natural world heritage sites that are so vast and at the same time as densely populated as the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage. Where people and nature encounter each other, stories arise. Discover the wadden region through these stories. They take you to unknown places, special encounters and surprising flavors. Here you make your choice.

World Heritage

The last true nature in the Netherlands. Weather, wind and water are continuously shaping this landscape that is so important to millions of birds and fish. It’s with good reason the Wadden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Water heritage

The story of the very unique relationship between the Dutch people and water begins in the Wadden area. The terps and mounds are the birthplace of Dutch Delta Design. Travel through time and discover the incredible history of the water heritage. From sleeper dikes to the Fish Migration River.

You want to see this

Where on earth do you start with so many fantastic places on your ‘to do’ list in the Wadden area? Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

You want to be here

The most beautiful places on the Wadden

You want to experience this - Go on a Wadden safari or take a walk on the seabed with our Wadden routes.

Mudflat walks for experienced walkers

When the Wad is dry and the sandbars and mudflats are visible you can walk from Holwerd to Ameland.


Taste, walk and marvel

Walk on the mudflats, eat from the sea, mudflat excursions or maybe even prepare a saline delicacy? It’s all possible at Oan ‘y Dijk in Paesens-Moddergat.

Walking tour of Rijkswerf Willemsoord

Want to learn more about water heritage and maritime history? Take a historical walk over the old Rijkswerf Willemsoord in Den Helder.

Dog, cobra, dove

Upward facing dog with a view of the World Heritage Site. Sun salutations on the beach of Schiermonnikoog.

Year-round covered wagon rides

Covered wagons, sleighs, horse carts, a bridal carriage and a lounge carriage with extra wide benches. Enjoy and relax.

More than just a lookout post

Artist John Körmeling designed the ‘paviljoen voor vogelaars’ (pavilion for birdwatchers) that is suspended above the nature area. Feel at one with the landscape.