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Lower Saxony and Hamburg

Explore the fascinating features of the Wadden Sea in this region.

SH Islands

The North Frisian Islands are the remains of former mainland or larger islands. During the last centuries, the power of water movement and heavy storms literally washed away the existing land and created islands as we know them today. Visit the North Frisian Islands and you will discover a dynamic nature, a wide-ranging ecosystem and a vibrant culture.

East Frisian Coast

Located between the Dollart inlet and Jadebusen bay, the East Frisian Coast is a picturesque countryside with fertile green marshes, blossoming parkland, vast moors, and several estuaries and bays. Water is the characteristic element in East Friesland, so it is little wonder that the whole area is home to an extraordinary number of wild plants and animals, just waiting to be discovered.


Surrounded by water on three sides, the Wesermarsch region is a fascinating place to visit. With Jade bay to the west, the North Sea to the north, and the Weser estuary to the east, it is one of the largest grassland areas and most important wetlands in Germany. It’s here that you’ll also find the world's only bog lying in front of the dike, which floats during storm surges on the sea water.


Sand banks, mudflats and sea as far as the eye can see, as well as seals and enormous flocks of migrating birds who would have thought that this is part of the city Hamburg as well. Explore the smallest German National Park around the island of Neuwerk, where the flag of Hamburg has flown there for over 700 years.

Explore Nature – discover biodiversity

Discover the only brackish water bay in Lower Saxony with its unique flora and fauna. Here you can discover a wide variety of habitats such as salt marshes, brackish reedbeds and grassland areas that provide an important habitat for birds. Or take a look over the dike shortly before a flood and see the thousands of geese that gather at the watt-side edge of the foreland – a truly impressive spectacle.

Explore Nature - experience dynamic landscapes

Follow the sandy cliffs, known as ‘geest cliffs’, along the Jadebussen coast and around Cuxhaven-Sahlenburg. These geest cliffs are exceptional in the Wadden Sea region – they are the remnants of the last glacial period and clearly show where gradual transitions dominate. Or take a trip to the Ostplate Spiekeroog and study the natural development and dynamics of the island.


Lower Saxony and Neuwerk

Imagine a place where sand, sea and salty breezes combine with a dash of history – and that’s what you can expect to discover in this part of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.

Situated between Emden and Otterndorf black pied 'Eulalias', as the cattle here are called, graze peacefully on vast meadowlands. The romantic fishing villages, harbour towns and beaches that nestle behind the dike define this part of the coast. The picturesque coastal strip also serves as the gateway to the Lower Saxon National Park, where nature abounds.

Nestled just three to ten kilometres off the coast are the seven East Frisian Islands lined up like pearls on a string, forming a natural coastal protection. Escape to this idyllic paradise and experience these unique islands, each with their own distinct identity and tradition.

With medieval churches, historic manors, impressive lighthouses and old mills, the history of Lower Saxony and Hamburg comes alive. On a visit here, you will discover villages built on artificial mounds, houses enclosed by dikes and a rich Frisian culture. Delve into quaint museums, teahouses and ancient castles – evidence of an unrivalled cultural diversity that keeps Frisian culture and traditions alive.