From the Afsluitdijk near Den Oever the Wadden coast stretches from North Holland via Stroe, Hippolytushoef and the Amstelmeer to Den Helder. Here behind the dikes you’ll find a little authentic ‘bit of Holland’ with wide polder landscapes filled with historic villages, agriculture and endless nature. And with options galore to walk, bike, canoe or simply be. An area created by water and adjacent to the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site; with fresh fish every day in the marinas: Den Helder or Den Oever.
Water and nature lovers will find themselves spoiled for choice when visiting the Wadden coast of North Holland. You can spend days lazing about the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amstelmeer, IJsselmeer and the inland waterways. Bird watching from the new Waddenbelevingspunt (experience point) in Den Oever. Take a water safari with the Wadvissersgilde or an excursion to the Balgzand, the natural mudflat between Den Helder and Wieringen. Depart from De Helderse Vallei visitors centre and meander through the very diverse nature on offer in the Mariëndal nature reserve.More about the world heritage site
Visit the Waddenbelevingspunt, an outlook tower with a great view of the mudflats. From here you look out over the Schor, Wadden Sea, Afsluitdijk, the harbour and a spoonbill colony on Vogelsand island.
An exclusive visit during an excursion or open day? Nowhere on the Wadden coast of North Holland is the bird life richer than in the 6000 ha Balgzand nature reserve near Den Helder.
The water heritage is palpable all along the coast of North Holland. In the marina city of Den Helder the people live side by side with the water. Den Oever is the personification of man's battle against the water. And there in between is the island of Wieringen. The Afsluitdijk was built starting at this reclaimed ‘Wadden island’ and between 1924-1930 island life came to an end. Wieringen remains intriguing. Experience the rolling greenery, wooden banks, historical farms, quaint villages and meandering roads. The sea and history are always close by.More about the water heritage
Experience the reclaiming of land from the sea in Wieringermeer. Learn about how the area was first an island. Land reclamation for the Afsluitdijk. The Jewish work camp Nieuwe Sluis and how the Germans flooded it again.
Walk from Fort Kijkduin along Stelling Den Helder and the highest lighthouse in the Netherlands. The Wadden Sea begins on the beach at Post 0 where you can see both Texel and the Razende Bol from the dunes.
Discover the diversity in Mariëndal nature reserve where a walk will take you through forests, dunes, the beach, pools and marshland.
Discover the spectacular flora and fauna of the Het Schor marshlands near Wieringen. Enjoy a boat ride with the Wadvissersgilde.
A visit to the Vlieter monument on the Afsluitdijk is an absolute must. Climb the tower and enjoy the panoramic view.
Want to learn more about water heritage and maritime history? Take a historical walk over the old Rijkswerf Willemsoord in Den Helder.