If you’re in Makkum the Afsluitdijk and Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site are always within reach. But there is also a world of discovery right at your back door. Visit the Makkumersúdwaard (guided tour) and the Koaiwaard.
If there is one place on the coast of Friesland where human influence is most visible it definitely has to be Dokkumer Nieuwe Zijlen. The impressive sea locks were built in 1729 by hydraulic engineer Willem Loré and are still just as amazing today.
Stroll over what is probably the oldest dike in the Netherlands via the Pingjumer Gulden Halsband. And with famous people such as Menno Simons and the popular Grutte Pier there is always something interesting just around the corner.
After 85 years of excellent service the Afsluitdijk is getting a reboot. There is so much to tell that a special visitors centre has been opened near Kornwerderzand: Afsluitdijk Wadden Center. Come and take a look?
De Peazemerlannen is a gem outside of the dike near Paesens and Moddergat. You’ll find absolutely everything a marshland has to offer here. From green summer polders, blossoming marsh flowers and the sandy plains of the Wad.
Between Zwarte Haan and the pier in Holwerd you’ll find one of Europe's largest marshes with small water pools, summer polders and salt-tolerant grasslands. Kweldercentrum Noarderleech is the perfect place to start exploring this Eldorado.