UNESCO-World-Heritage-Site Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is an extraordinarily dynamic landscape. No other place in the world has a more diverse landscape developed under tidal influences, and it is still constantly changing today.


An extensive system of large tidal flat currents and small tidal creeks runs through vast mudflats and surrounds solid, dry falling sands. Mussel beds, dense seagrass meadows and soft mudflats provide food for myriads of animals. Blossoming salt marshes in the extensive embankment foreland and on islands and halligs alternate with white beaches and dunes. The landscape’s diversity makes the Wadden Sea a one-of-a-kind habitat for over 10,000 species of flora and fauna. Millions of migratory birds rely on the Wadden Sea as a stopover and resting site. The Wadden Sea is absolutely essential for global biodiversity.


The Wadden Sea was added to the UNESCO-World-Heritage of Humanity list in June 2009. The Wadden Sea Natural World Heritage Site spans a length of approx. 500 kilometers along the Dutch, German and Danish North Sea coast. 

The Wadden Sea has already been under protection for more than a generation in all three states, in Lower Saxony as a national park since 1986. The Wadden Sea National Park of Lower Saxony is Germany’s second largest national park with an area of 345,000 hectares.


Contact and Information

Links to accommodation directories

National Park Information facilities

National Park Partner

Getting here

To enable people to experience the Wadden Sea Natural World Heritage Site without a major environmental footprint, the “Destination Nature” program offers a wide range of services and information about travel to and mobility on site: fahrtziel-natur.de

Tourist bus

Service for overnight guests in the region between Ems and Jade: Experience the holiday region with the tourist bus for just 1 Euro: www.urlauberbus.info

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