Wadden Sea World Heritage

The Wadden Sea has been included in the Unesco World Heritage List, which substantiates this area’s uniqueness

The dynamic Wadden Sea is a justified asset to the World Heritage List. The 400-kilometre long German-Dutch Wadden coast is so special that everyone really should explore it by walking the Wad, taking a boat trip or visiting one of the Frisian Islands.

The constant alternation of high and low tide shows how nature, plants and animals constantly adapt to the ever-changing circumstances at the Wadden area. The Wadden Sea has many faces and an exceptional variety in plants and animals. As many as ten to twelve million migratory birds visit the Wadden area annually. About 10,000 different plants and animals live on the land and in the water. Wadden Sea World Heritage: naturally!


The location of the seal sanctuary, the village of Pieterburen, is also the starting point for many hikers that come here for a walk across the mud flats or the first stretch of the Pieterpad trail.

The first steps on the Pieterpad walking route are taken in Pieterburen. With 464 kilometres and ending in Maastricht, the Pieterpad is the longest walking route in the Netherlands.

Walking across the mud flats

At low tide, the Wadden area can be seen from up close when for a few hours it is possible to walk across the uncovered mud flats. This provides an opportunity to explore the vast plains until the rising water washes away the fresh footsteps.

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