Nowhere is the darkness as all-encompassing as in the Wadden. In the last bit of pristine nature in the Netherlands, it gets properly dark. Whether you're on the Wadden Islands or along the Wadden coast. In clear weather you can see the Milky Way or the northern lights. Many businesses provide events and facilities where you can immerse yourself in this darkness. They are unique experiences that should not be missing from your bucket list.
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Did you know that the Netherlands has two official Dark Sky Parks? And that both of them are in the Wadden area? At Boschplaat in Terschelling and in the National Park Lauwersmeer, you can experience the overwhelming darkness. For the latter, a brand-new night map has been made. It can be downloaded with the button below! However, the two Dark Sky Parks are not the only places where you can experience darkness. All across the Wadden area, there are various unique experiences to be had. On this page, you can discover the most beautiful and fun trips in the dark and you discover exciting stories. This page is supplemented regularly with new experiences and stories, so keep an eye out!Night map of Lauwersmeer
During the Night of the Wad, you can participate in various darkness activities in a number of locations.Night of the Wad 2021
An unforgettable experience in nature!Starry walk on Schiermonnikoog
Sleep under the stars – a truly exceptional experience.Sleep outdoors
Are you going out by yourself in the Dark Sky area? Visit one of the sky platforms near Lauwersmeer. These are observation points from where you can see the stars even better.Star gazing
A visit to the Wieringen Island Museum is always worth the effort. The Darkness theme makes it even more unusual this year.Star barn at Island Museum Jan Lont
On this trip you spend 24 hours or 86,400 seconds finding out why this area is so unique.24 hours in the Wadden
The Wadden experience point in Den Oever is a vantage point over the Wadden Sea. You can look out over nature area ’t Schor, the Leidam with the largest spoonbill colony in Europe (Vogelsandt), the former island Wieringen, the port of Den Oever and the Afsluitdijk.Wadden experience point
Several times a year, Staatsbosbeheer (the Dutch Forestry Commission) organises a stars excursion or full-moon excursion in Lauwersmeer national park. Keep an eye on the activities calendar of the National ParkNight-time excursion with a forest ranger
It is truly dark on Texel! A great place to really enjoy a starry night. Besides Ecomare, there is also the observatory of Public Observatory De Jager. It has fixed telescopes, sunspot viewers and a free-standing binoviewer. There is always something unusual to see!Star gazing on Texel