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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.

Halligen (special islets)

The Halligen make up a small patch of land, constantly battling against the natural elements in the heart of the roaring sea. Found on the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein, the Halligen are truly unique. Six of the ten islands are inhabited and are open to visitors. The houses on these tiny islets are built on artificial mounds and, in a storm tide, only these hills rise above the sea while the remainder of the islet is flooded.

Coastal mainland

Tranquil harbour towns, wide sandy beaches, green beaches - the mainland area of the North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein offers everything the heart desires. Several polders with large wetlands - a paradise for birds and bird-watchers – have been established through the embankment of tidal flats and saltmarsh areas.

Explore Nature – discover biodiversity

In Schleswig-Holstein you can discover wildlife in their natural habitat. Observe in large numbers of seals and one of the smallest marine mammals, the harbour porpoise. Or meet large colonies of gulls, terns and waders and flocks of geese and ducks. And that’s just the start – there is so much biodiversity in this part of the Wadden Sea that you may only just scratch the surface!

Explore Nature – experience dynamic landscapes

The Schleswig-Holstein part of the Wadden Sea showcases the importance of wind and water in geomorphological processes as you experience the natural dune and sand bank system. Discover the constantly transforming and renewing forces of ‘walking’ dunes, wet dune valleys and sea inlets on Amrum or Sylt. Or experience the fascinating transition zone between land and sea, ‘Neptune’s front garden’, on a salt marsh excursion in the area of St. Peter-Ording.


Schleswig-Holstein and the Halligen

The North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein is not only 'high up' geographically speaking. The gateway to the Hallig Islands, Northern Friesland and the green dikes and marshlands of Dithmarschen truly impresses with its never-ending expanse and infinite horizon.

Whether it’s stunning natural or historic landscapes, fascinating wildlife or art and culture inspired by nature, there are many attractions waiting to be discovered in the Schleswig-Holstein national park and the region as a whole. Here’s a taster of what you can discover:

Dive into the unique world of the Hallig islands, where you can explore the uniqueness of nature combined with cultural highlights. Follow in the footsteps of famous writers and artists: Heinrich Heine was attracted by the rugged charm of the North Sea coast and immortalised it in his poems, while Emil Nolde painted them with magnificent colours. Theodor Storm, too could not escape the poetry of the landscape and often wrote about the dramatic North German coastline.

Find out what is hidden in the depths of the North Sea and who else lives here in the Wadden Sea in the largest interactive exhibition on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein, at the Multimar Wattforum National Park Centre and Whale House in Tönning.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for captivating Wadden Sea creatures. Meet the Small Five, Big Five and Flying Five with a National Park Guide on a mudflat walk, experience a ‘bird’s perspective’ of Husum Bay, or visit Wadden Sea’s largest predators, the Harbour Seal and Grey Seal at Friedrichskoog Seal Centre.

With grass-covered dunes, shifting sands, birds, seal colonies, lighthouses and rugged cliffs, there is always something to experience, explore and discover at any time of year… let yourself be inspired by the unique nature of the Wadden Sea!



Boat cruise to one of the Halligen. A perfect day trip from the coastal mainland to explore these truly unique islets.

Explore the outskirts

Süderoog - lonely outpost of the coastal defense. Sporty and adventurous

Hallig Norderoog - limited excursions to this incredible place only inhabited by birds.

Japsand - guided mudflat hike to this remote, spacious sandbank.

Annual Events

Brent Goose Days


Experience nature’s spectacle of arctic bird migration with thousands of brent geese inundate the Hallig islands feeding on the saltmarshes and building up reserves for the flight to their breeding grounds in northern Siberia.



Group tours and day-trips guided by professional bird watchers with a changing focus on different bird hot spot areas along the coast every year.

Useful contacts

Nationalparkverwaltung Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer

0049 4861 9620-0

National Park Partners

Nordsee-Tourismus-Service GmbH (NTS)

Getting there

By train / DB Destination Nature

To ensure that people can explore the Wadden Sea World Heritage with minimum ecological impact, Destination Nature provides information about rail connections to the regions and local mobility services

Cycle Routes

Follow one of the most spectacular bike trails along the North Sea coast in Schleswig-Holstein and experience the region on two wheels. The North Sea Cycle Route is part of the longest bike trail in the world – a healthy, non-polluting way to travel.

Planning your trip

There are many ways to travel to the Wadden Sea in Schleswig-Holstein: plan your trip by visiting

Visitor centres

Visitor centers overview

Multimar Wattforum


Sturmflutwelt Blanker Hans


Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten