Wadden Sea UNESCO Heritage site.
One of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Maybe I am exaggerating that but it is a marvelous area.
I am talking about the Wadden Sea, Waddenzee in Dutch and Wattenmeer in German or Vadehavet in Danish, a vast area from The Netherlands, Germany up to Denmark.
The whole area is mostly protected by the Frisian Islands north of the mainland. The Dutch and German part of the Wadden Sea is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The wadden is an area with shallow waters and muddy and sand flats but also with deeper tidal trenches and creeks. The Frisian Islands in the north are mostly dunes and thus protecting the mainland and the Wadden Sea. Between the islands you can find deeper water with strong tidal streams and during strong northerly winds high breaking waves.
The islands itself are all connected with the mainland by ferries and some islands by general aviation. These island are great for short holidays or even day trips.
The Wadden Sea is well know for its rich flora and fauna.
Countless number of birds can be found here, waders, ducks, gulls and geese. Also seals and even now and then a whale is spotted.
For tourists it is great area to visit with its impressive nature, nice small harbour towns and villages, beautiful islands. As a sailor I love this area because of its lovely sailing possibilities, even though you have to take care for the shallow waters and strong currents.
But with everything there are also threats. The industry is demanding its place, coal power stations, windmills, oil and gas industry but also the tourist industry are moving in.
Let’s hope for the best!
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