Between Den Helder in the Netherlands and Esbjerg in Denmark lies an area of natural importance that has no equal anywhere in the world. The Wadden Sea is a world in itself, a world with two faces, ruled in turn by ebb and flood, by sand and water. Like pearls on a necklace, about fifty islands and islets protect the shallow Wadden Sea. The necklace begins with the five Dutch Wadden islands, pearls that each have their own atmosphere and their own character. Five islands, five opportunities for enjoyment!
Explore the Wadden Islands
The Dutch Wadden Area: World between the Tides
The Wadden Sea is teeming with life. Twice a day, the current of the flood tide brings water from the North Sea, rich in sediment and plankton, much of which sinks to the sandy bed. In addition, the shallow water of the Wadden Sea warms up rapidly in summer. This means that algae and seaweeds are able to grow quickly. They form the basis of the enormous wealth of food that supplies the inhabitants of the Wadden Sea - countless fish, birds and seals.
Just like the Wadden Sea, the five Wadden islands also teem with life. There is wildlife aplenty, but they are also alive with culture, sport and pleasant terraces. On all the islands, you will find quiet and open spaces, beaches and dunes, marvelous flora and fauna, open skies and views extending for miles across the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. But in addition, Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog each have their own sights and specialties.
What if you cannot decide which one you would prefer to visit? Thanks to good connections by boat, you can 'wad-hop' to visit all the islands, one after the other.