• Dutch Wadden - strange waters missing 2 times a day

    Wadden Sea in the Netherlands is considered a strange sea when twice a day, the tide recedes and disappears to expose the swamp as vast as the sea and water that never existed here.
    Is it weird? Every time the image of the sea disappears, visitors can explore the Wadden seabed without any diving or protection equipment, even just lightly wearing pants, can barefoot on the mud and visit.
    Located off the coasts of Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, with a 500km swamp, Wadden is considered the largest swamp in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
    The destination not to be missed when visiting the Netherlands is the swamp in the Wadden Sea . Here, visitors can see Baltrum - the smallest of the islands in East Frisia. The islands here have a main face facing the mainland and the coast is a stretch of tidal flats.
    Normally this place will be submerged in seawater, but when the tide recedes, 15km of mud is revealed and the Wadden Sea is considered one of the last intertidal ecosystems in the world.

    Interesting experiences at the Dutch Wadden coast


    Barefoot exploring Wadden's bottom

    The first is the experience of walking barefoot on the sea floor, letting the mud cover your toes and naturally massaging your feet while walking at Wadden. Scallops, clams and worms wiggle at their feet, and shrimps, small crabs, snails and starfish are stranded because the seawater recedes lower than their ankles.
    Every year, Wadden attracts 10,000 visitors and walks across the mud to several small islands that rise at low tide. However, if you make the trip to the island without a guide, you should follow the marked directions, because there will be mud pieces that subside anytime.

    Discover the diverse world of biology in the Wadden Sea

     

    Visiting Wadden Beach you will also be delighted to explore this biodiversity. There are more than 10,000 species of plants and animals living together, from microorganisms to fish, birds and mammals. Many fish choose the Wadden Sea as a breeding ground, taking advantage of the shallow mudflats to feed their babies. As they grow and mature they can migrate to the North Sea.
    The Wadden Sea is also rich in food thanks to tides, attracting a large number of birds such as geese, ducks, gulls, terns and seals. 

    Break into the homes of seal dwellers

     

    More than 30,000 seals are living in the Wadden Sea , searching for food when the sea is flooded and "sunbathing" at low tide. And every visitor to the Netherlands wishes to see seals, and the sandy beaches of Wadden are their home. 
    This is not just a place for them to relax, warm their sunbathing, but it is also a place where parents seal their baby seals. The breeding season for seals usually takes place between June and July.  

    Wadden Sea in the NetherlandsWhere the seal seals the new world

    Check-in with straw-roofed houses

    The Wadden Sea is also famous for its gable roof houses with straw roofs that help protect the locals from the harsh winds typical of the North Sea.
    Many such houses are rented to people here. One of the typical houses for this construction is on Amrum Island, with a roof of mop trees growing right in front of the house. Making such roofs requires real ingenuity and expertise in the profession - something few people can maintain today.
    To waters Wadden surely you will come to the center of the island of Den Burg of Islands Texel , this time you can also participate in the meetings market, watching the souvenir variety of colors, or swooping into shops to enjoy familiar rustic dishes of the people here.
    And don't forget to visit the Ecomare Natural History Museum which is a marine animal sanctuary and specializes in caring for injured animals. Here you will get a panoramic picture of the ecosystem living in the Wadden Sea.

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