WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Wadden Sea is a remarkable nature reserve. It is the world's largest continuous system of sand- and mud flats, having retained its largely undisturbed natural dynamics. These conditions are vital to the 10 to 12 million birds that land here for shorter or longer periods during their annual migrations. It is only in the Wadden area that they encounter enough nourishment to be able to endure the thousands of kilometers of flight lying ahead. At the end of June 2009, the Wadden Sea was added to the UNESCO world heritage list. To see why the Wadden Sea has such a special significance, look here.
BEHINd THE DYKE
The coastal area of Groningen, Friesland and Noord-Holland is an ideal region for hiking. Because the landscape has been relatively left in peace, it is able to display its heritage. The 'terpen en wierden' (man-made mounds in the landscape) show where the waters used to penetrate into the late middle ages. They also remind us of the golden days of the kings of Friesland, when the region was as densely populated as the region of Paris.
In the tip of Noord-Holland you will recognize the coastal population's next phase in the everlasting battle against the waters of the sea. Here you will walk through the oldest polder landscape of the Netherlands. This region also harbors magnificent and valuable dune landscapes.
THE WADDEN ISLANDS
The Wadden islands offer you an authentic Wadden experience. Wind, sea and endless beaches. The islands also enjoy the highest number of sun hours in the Netherlands. Wadden hiking will lead you past many interesting sites, amongst them monuments of the whaling era and the Wadden centers, which tell us the story of the world heritage site the Wadden Sea.
If you are traveling to the starting point of your hiking trail via public transport, please inform about your bus schedule. Some of the busses that ride during weekends are on-call busses. Reservations for these bus rides have to be made in advance