The Wadden Sea

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The Wadden Sea of the Netherlands, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2009. The Hamburg Wadden Sea has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011.

It is one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the world: the Wadden Sea. Under the influence of the tides, the face of the coastal landscape changes twice a day. The North Sea coast is characterised by the tidal ebb and flow.


The Wadden Sea stretches over 500 kilometres from the Netherlands via the German North Sea coast to Denmark. The World Heritage Site covers a total area of 9000 square kilometres, making it the largest Wadden Sea in the world. It is home to thousands of organisms, animals and plants. Every year, countless migratory birds rest in the Wadden Sea.


The Hamburg Wadden Sea lies near the mouth of the Elbe. Visitors to Neuwerk Island can marvel at the breeding and resting of birds and seals at their moorings.


By the way: with the recognition by UNESCO it is on a par with other world-famous natural phenomena such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.

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