• Amrum beach
    Amrum beach Photo: DolfiAm, pixabay.com

Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands

The Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park is part of the largest contiguous mudflat area in the world. To the rhythm of the tides, you can discover the endless expanse of the sea and its rich biodiversity. The North Sea islands with their picturesque little towns, lighthouses and miles of sandy beaches are definitely worth a visit.

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Activities at the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea and on the Halligen


Attractions at the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea and on the Halligen


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The Listland is home to the only three shifting sand dunes in Germany. The striking and beautiful ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Info Center · Dithmarschen
Seehundstation Friedrichskoog
Dithmarschen

Ob Sonne, Regen, Sturm oder Schnee – die Seehundstation Friedrichskoog ist zu jeder Jahreszeit ein ...

from Seehundstation Friedrichskoog,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Lighthouse · Sylt
Hörnumer Leuchtturm
Sylt

Hörnums rot-weißes Wahrzeichen weist seit über einem Jahrhundert Schiffen den rechten Weg und ist ...

from Lynn Scotti,   Sylt Marketing GmbH
Hiking trail · Sankt Peter-Ording
WWF Tour St. Peter-Ording: Eventful dune country
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 7.2 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 15 m
Descent 15 m

From the forest to the beach through dune country - this short hike takes you through a varied and species-rich landscape in the middle of St.

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from Anja Piening,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Elbe-Weser-Dreieck

Alles über das UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe Wattenmeer erfahren.

from Cuxland-Tourismus,   Cuxland-Tourismus
Island · Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer
Hallig Norderoog
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer

The Bird Hall Norderoog is a breeding ground for thousands of coastal birds - including the Sandwich ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Nordfriesland

Der NaturErlebnisTierpark bietet mit einer Seehundanlage, begehbaren Volieren und großem ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Reserve · Nordfriesisches Wattenmeer
Japsand
Nordfriesisches Wattenmeer

As one of three large outer sands, the Japsand is an important bird and seal resting area in the ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Monument · Elbe-Weser-Dreieck
Gönn dir Watt - Wattführungen in Cuxhaven
Elbe-Weser-Dreieck

Gönn dir Watt führt seine Gäste in kleinen Gruppen unterhaltsam und informativ durch das Watt

from Cuxland-Tourismus,   Cuxland-Tourismus
Coast · Sylt
Rotes Kliff
Sylt

Eines der beliebtesten Besuchsziele in Kampen ist das Rote Kliff. Eine 52m hohe Steilküste, die sich ...

Sylt Marketing GmbH
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The Listland is home to the only three shifting sand dunes in Germany. The striking and beautiful ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Info Center · Dithmarschen
Seehundstation Friedrichskoog
Dithmarschen

Ob Sonne, Regen, Sturm oder Schnee – die Seehundstation Friedrichskoog ist zu jeder Jahreszeit ein ...

from Seehundstation Friedrichskoog,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Lighthouse · Sylt
Hörnumer Leuchtturm
Sylt

Hörnums rot-weißes Wahrzeichen weist seit über einem Jahrhundert Schiffen den rechten Weg und ist ...

from Lynn Scotti,   Sylt Marketing GmbH
Hiking trail · Sankt Peter-Ording
WWF Tour St. Peter-Ording: Eventful dune country
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 7.2 km
Duration 1:45 h
Ascent 15 m
Descent 15 m

From the forest to the beach through dune country - this short hike takes you through a varied and species-rich landscape in the middle of St.

1
from Anja Piening,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Elbe-Weser-Dreieck

Alles über das UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe Wattenmeer erfahren.

from Cuxland-Tourismus,   Cuxland-Tourismus
Island · Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer
Hallig Norderoog
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer

The Bird Hall Norderoog is a breeding ground for thousands of coastal birds - including the Sandwich ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Nordfriesland

Der NaturErlebnisTierpark bietet mit einer Seehundanlage, begehbaren Volieren und großem ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Reserve · Nordfriesisches Wattenmeer
Japsand
Nordfriesisches Wattenmeer

As one of three large outer sands, the Japsand is an important bird and seal resting area in the ...

from Anja Szczesinski / WWF Wattenmeerbüro,   Wadden Sea World Heritage Explorer
Monument · Elbe-Weser-Dreieck
Gönn dir Watt - Wattführungen in Cuxhaven
Elbe-Weser-Dreieck

Gönn dir Watt führt seine Gäste in kleinen Gruppen unterhaltsam und informativ durch das Watt

from Cuxland-Tourismus,   Cuxland-Tourismus
Coast · Sylt
Rotes Kliff
Sylt

Eines der beliebtesten Besuchsziele in Kampen ist das Rote Kliff. Eine 52m hohe Steilküste, die sich ...

Sylt Marketing GmbH
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Fascinating Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea on the North Sea coast is a unique habitat that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. It stretches from the Netherlands to Denmark and is protected across borders, with three national parks in Germany alone. The largest of these is the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park.

In the Wadden Sea, everything happens in rhythm with the ebb and flow of the tide. All is in motion: as fast as the water comes and goes, the landscape changes as well. The Wadden Sea is home to grey seals and countless wading birds, and every year it is a resting place for millions of migratory birds on their way south. Many animal and plant species are found only here.

Seals on a beach on Sylt
Photo: falco, pixabay.com

Experience the world of the Wadden Sea in Schleswig-Holstein

The North Sea islands are not only a habitat for animals, but also a unique home for people and a destination worth seeing for visitors. There are four islands in the area of the national park: Sylt, Amrum, Föhr and Pellworm. In addition, there are the many Hallig islands, five of which are inhabited. It is worth visiting more than one island, because they all have their own unique experiences to offer: Strolling in Westerland on Sylt, sunbathing on the Kniepsand on Amrum or watching seals on Föhr.

On the mainland, a unique cultural landscape behind the dikes is waiting to be explored by bike or on foot. In the beautiful coastal towns and on all the larger islands, there are also national park centers and exciting museums that provide information about the unique world of the Wadden Sea.

The Red Cliff on Sylt in the evening
Photo: Monica Gumm, Sylt Marketing GmbH

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Reviews

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Große Ellenbogen-Runde by Harry
October 20, 2021 · Community
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NF - St. Peter Böhl - Strand - Rundweg 5,4km by J.
September 21, 2021 · Community
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WWF Tour St. Peter-Ording: Eventful dune country by David
May 01, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? April 30, 2021
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