[well]Wadden Sea Quick Facts
- Natural Wonder for Denmark, Netherlands and Germany
- Denmark’s largest national park located in the sea
- 5 national parks connected to sea
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Wadden Sea contains Denmark’s largest national parks stretching across 1,466 square kilometers (566 square miles) whereas the sea itself is a total of 1,143,403 hectares. Named a national park on January 17th, 2008 but not fully established and opened until October 16th, 2010, the Wadden Sea is a place not only known for it’s impressive size and water but also for it’s extraordinary wildlife species that reside within its lands.
Approximately four times every full day, it has been discovered that one billion cubic meters of sea are moved throughout, creating the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats on earth. Other types of land that make up the surroundings of the Wadden Sea include several biomes such as tidal channels, stream mouths, dunes, lowlying flat coast, beaches and sand plains.
The Wadden Sea is also internationally known to be a resting place for millions upon millions of migratory birds making their way through the sea twice per year. Along with these 10 million birds there are also over 500 different species of plants and animals that make up the fauna and flora of the Wadden Sea.
The most prevalent marine creatures found here are the spotted seals that allow for this specific area to remain the home of Denmark’s largest population of these types of seals. With a decrease in hunting and an increase in importance of preserving the natural habitat with less pollution, the Wadden Sea continues to recover several species and create a fundamentally sound natural reserve. Because of this, June 2014 brought the title of a Danish UNESCO World Heritage site to Wadden Sea National Park.
Where is the Wadden Sea
The Wadden Sea is located in the southeastern part of the North Sea and stretches across from the Den Helder in the southwest, which include the barrier islands of the Dutch coast to certain parts of the German border. Because of its location, it is in fact shared between Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands making it a popular area for each country.
Best Ways to See and Experience the Wadden Sea
With plenty of places to stay close to the Wadden Sea it’s a popular activity for families and groups to head over for a weekend full of exploring and taking in all the beauty that this natural wonder has to offer. Thousands of miles of clean and pristine beaches all welcome visitors to walk, jog or simply lay by the shores for the day.
The Wadden Sea is a nature lover’s paradise. The best way to enjoy this wonder of nature is by hiking and exploring along the shore. This provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to discover the various wildlife, marine life, and birds that call the area home.
There are hundreds of species to experience of both fauna and flora. Bird lovers and photographers will be in heaven with over 10 million birds migrating and using the Wadden Sea area as home. The highlight problem happens during low tide when visitors can walk among the sandy flats. This create another opportunity to discover the life of the sea.
Leisure boating is another option for getting close and personal with the sandy flats, the coastal shoreline, and the abundance of marine and bird life.
Best Times to Explore the Wadden Sea
By far, the best time to visit the Wadden Sea is during the summer months of June through August where the weather is warmer and the chances of rain are less likely. Whether you want to explore the national park or various other areas of the sea, there are ferries available to take you there.
Wadden Sea Travel Tips
If you are looking to learn more about the history and the area itself, the Wadden Sea Centre includes plenty of exhibits, multimedia shows and organized guided tours to visitors.