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

Kop van Noord-Holland

From sea to dunes, from woods to polders to mud flats – uncover large areas where the land has been reclaimed from the Wadden Sea by building dikes and drainage canals. The Kop van Noord-Holland is known as ‘the Netherlands in a nutshell’, with a huge diversity of natural phenomena alongside a rich maritime history.


Enjoy the unique Dutch Shallows, one of the most unspoilt nature reserves in the Netherlands. Boasting a wealth of birds and salt-loving plants, the open space of the North Frisian Wetlands, with its lakes and canals, forms the largest continuous wetland in Europe.

Groningen / Dollard
Groningen / Dollard

One of the only coastal region inside the dykes characterised by openness, tranquillity and space which is all but lost in other Dutch regions. Be sure to take time for an expedition on foot or by bike to discover the open polder landscape with its vast fields, former seawalls, historic farms and ancient earth mounds or ‘terps’.

NL Islands

Part of an archipelago that extends along the German and Danish coastlines, the islands you see today are a remnant of the former coastal dunes. Admire the wide beaches and vast dunes, marvel at the flora and fauna and explore the sights and specialties of each island. If you can’t pick just one to visit, why not 'wad-hop' and visit all the islands?

Explore Nature - discover biodiversity

Visit the largest colony of grey seals in the entire Wadden Sea located west of Terschelling, where many banks lay exposed during low tide and provide a perfect spot for seals and shorebirds. Or find out why the tidal area outside the dikes, with salt marshes and Wadden plains, are famous as nature, plants and animals constantly adjust to the alternating fresh and salt water of the area.

Explore Nature - experience dynamics landscapes

Meet the forces responsible for a constantly changing Wadden Sea in this part of the Groningen coast where nature is allowed to develop undisturbed. Or discover in which islands 'wander' slowly but surely towards the mainland and how the islands of Vlieland and Ameland have moved eastwards through the centuries, having lost land on one side and grown on the other.


The Netherlands

Experience the Wadden Sea in the land of mills and polders

The Dutch section of the Wadden Sea World Heritage lies between the Marsdiep by Den Helder and the Dollard in Groningen. From the tidal area outside the dykes with its salt marshes and Wadden plains, to the open polder landscape inside the dikes with its vast fields, former seawalls and historic farms – there is no shortage of attractions to keep you busy in this part of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.

Whether you visit the endless miles of sandy beaches at Kop van Noord-Holland; marvel at the sights of Friesland, declared as the most beautiful province in the Netherlands; or discover the Groningen Wadden coast characterised by openness, tranquillity and space, you’re never far from our spectacular nature.

Find out about Dutch fascination with wind and water, admire a long history of marsh and fenland reclamation, and step on ancient earth dwelling mounds (terp) constructed on land that was subject to frequent floods before dike building began.

It’s a picture postcard landscape: the windmill-speckled scenery north of Friesland, clusters of lakes and channels, and a vivid cultural life are waiting to be explored. And for great views, take a walk up onto the sea dike from time to time.

And be sure to spend some time one of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands, still influenced by the daily ebb and flood, sand and water. Choose from Schiermonnikoog, Ameland, Terschelling, Vlieland and Texel, known as the five pearls in the north of the Netherlands – you are simply spoilt for choice.

Useful contacts

Texel Dunelands National Park

Lauwersmeer National Park

Schiermonnikoog National Park

Getting there

By public transportation

There are several public transport companies in the Netherlands. More information at

Ferry timetable & service


Cycling in the Netherlands is a major transport mode. The Wadden Islands have more than 300 km real cycle tracks at your disposal or explore the coastal area en route LF10 Wadden Sea Route (Waddenzeeroute).

Visitor centres


Centre for Nature and Landscape, Terschelling

Nature Centre Ameland

Schiermonnikoog Visitors’ Centre

Kweldercentrum Noarderleech