Visit the Dutch Wadden islands to be at one with ebb and flow, sand and water. There are five such jewels in the north of the Netherlands and all of them are worth a visit. Schiermonnikoog, Ameland, Terschelling, Vlieland and Texel are quite different from each other in many respects, but they all have fine beaches, and the Wadden Sea off their coast is full of wonders.
Schiermonnikoog is, for the most part, a National Park. Experience here how an island develops when nature is left to take its course. Every time you visit the dunes will have changed.
Ameland is best experienced by bicycle, Travel from west to east along the Wadden Sea dike to nature reserve ‘Het Oerd” where many roes and rare plants can be found.
The Bosplaat nature reserve on west part of Terschelling is periodically totally washed over by the North Sea, creating a unique landscape. The area is also the first Dark Sky Park of the Netherlands.
Vlieland is the smallest inhabited Wadden Island in the Netherlands. It is the only island where the dunes border the Wadden Sea without a polder in between. From the Vlieland ferry, large numbers of harbour seals, resting or swimming about, may be spotted.
Texel is the largest of all of the Dutch Wadden Islands and is known in particular as a bird island. However, Texel's nature has much more to offer than just birds. Approximately one third of the surface of Texel is a nature reserve, but many unusual plants and animals can also be found outside of these reserves.