An authentic piece of Holland

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.

World Heritage

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.

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water heritage

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.

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5 TOP EXPERIENCES IN North Holland

Meandering through Mariëndal

Discover the diversity in Mariëndal nature reserve where a walk will take you through forests, dunes, the beach, pools and marshland.

The Sea & the Schor

Discover the spectacular flora and fauna of the Het Schor marshlands near Wieringen. Enjoy a boat ride with the Wadvissersgilde.

Vlieter monument by Dudok

A visit to the Vlieter monument on the Afsluitdijk is an absolute must. Climb the tower and enjoy the panoramic view.

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.

Try out the Wadden Sea

This quaint fishing village on the former island of Wieringen is a great place to start your Wadden Sea adventure.