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Hiking on the seabed of the North Sea

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Die Nordsee

No matter what time of year - mudflat hiking on the North Sea is always a unique experience. While you can experience the walk barefoot in summer, you might hear the crackling and crackling of the ice layers underneath you in winter. In any case, you will enjoy a fantastic view into the endless expanse, while the sea breeze with its slightly salty smell tickles your nose. Crabs march past you on the side, in the background you can hear the unmistakable crackling of the wadding snails and with a bit of luck you can even watch the seals sunbathing. The tidal tides mean that the Wadden Sea, by the way a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is subject to constant change. That's why fascination is guaranteed on every hike. While the tide is still powerful enough to carry the mighty forces of the North Sea, a few hours later you can explore the exposed seabed with almost dry feet.

Here we present you the starting points of eight exciting mudflat hikes with different focal points. The best way to experience them is with one of the certified guides. They know the Wadden Sea very well, tell exciting background information and are prepared for all eventualities. Request your information now and discover the Wadden Sea for yourself.

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Tours & Highlights

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    On the winterwatch tour you will see the extraordinary landscape and how the animals in the mud flats handle the temperature fluctuations. The Watt as a natural phenomenon is with its unique biology, but also the silence, the vastness, the light and the colors a year-round experience. Its uniqueness is impressive in all weather conditions whether in frost, storm, snow, rain or sun. The UNESCO World Natural Heritage "Wadden Sea National Park" is in all its facets perceptible on this tour and can be detected with all senses. Start of this tour is the beach of Schillig, the restaurant 8 degrees East. Here is also a short video on the hike:

    But you should not plan the journey into the secrets of nature, the flora and fauna alone, because due to low tide and high tide the paths can be treacherous. Only a professional mudflat knows the ways in all seasons and tides, so please inform or book directly under the button "request information" your tour.

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    About every 12.5 hours, as in a biblical story, the water disappears between the mainland and the island. Just then, the state-certified mudguard and his group set out to explore the endless expanse of the Wadden Sea. Meeting point is the harbor car park of Neßmersiel, in front of the dike right next to the harbor building. On the approximately two and a half hour hike, always the island firmly in view, you walk on the salt meadow path at Spülsiel in Neßmersiel. On the way, you cross several tidal channels, while questions from the Watt Guide are answered. The ship then goes back to Neßmersiel. Seals are not uncommon on this tour.

    But beware: Due to the tides and the peculiarities of the landscape, this tour is basically to entrust an experienced watt leader, because only he has the knowledge of which path is accessible at what time. It's best to book your individual tour by clicking on "request information" below.

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    The start of this sunset walk is the Wattführerhäuschen, the beacon 118a. After that, you and the group will have a very special experience. The uniqueness of the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea is particularly visible on this tour. Watt walks in Butjadingen have something romantic. While the sun is low over the Wadden Sea, all the colors of the sky are refracted and reflected on the expansive mud. The fascinating play of colors in the sky and the reflections in the Wadden Sea envelop the landscape in a special atmosphere, while you can enjoy the tranquility of the Wadden Sea. The tour is family friendly. The youngest have a special fun with the shellfish search and the excavation of the lugworms. Fun and romance for young and old.

    The best route has the professional Watt guide, because he knows which of the paths is accessible and when. In addition, the numerous information on tides, fauna and flora make the phenomenon of watts not only experienceable but also understandable. Book your individual tour here under the button "request information".

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    Minsener Oog

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    This tour starts in the late afternoon on the beach of Schillig. Gerke Ennen, the watt leader, takes you into the mudflats. On the five-hour tour he stops again and tells you interesting things about the Wadden Sea.

    Two hours later you reach the bird sanctuary Minsener Oog. There you have time to explore the idyllic island and ask questions. The view from the dune is fantastic, from here you can see the entire island. In good weather you will be accompanied on your way back to the coast by a picturesque sunset.

    All information for the hike can be found here: die-nordsee.de/minsener-oo.

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    Watts are areas in the intertidal zone of the coasts that dry at low tide. It can be sand, mixed, silt or Felswatt. The term Watt derives from the Old Frisian word wada "by wading passable, shallow, shallow" ago. Very extensive, by Prielen durchzogene Watt areas on flat coasts form together with immediately adjacent areas, such. B. salt marshes, a Wadden Sea. Watts are also available in the riparian zone and in side arms of estuaries. The tidal flats fall dry twice within 24 hours due to the tides and are twice flooded again.

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    The lighthouse Arngast was built in 1910 and is therefore an experience in itself. Its size, shape and color are not only a sign of the ships, but also an impressive sight for visitors. On the way to it, you will not only pass by small boat harbors and relaxing beaches, but also experience the phenomenon of the Watts. The Watt itself is not only a scenic phenomenon but also reveals a home for a unique wildlife. Nowhere is the North Sea so noticeable as here. The meeting point for this hike is at the entrance to Strandcampingplatz with the address "Auf den Gast 40, Dangast".

    As the tides affect the route, this hike is only provisional. Professional waders know best which way to which year and weather level is passable, so book your individual tour with the button "request information".

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    Nordic Walking im Watt

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    During the tides, the seabed is dry and the fascination of watt can be experienced. The exploration of the seabed is one of the most impressive tours. The Watt coastal strip is criss-crossed by tufts. The sea floor of sand and silt is not flooded at low tide and therefore gives access to exceptional places that are otherwise only accessible by ferry.

    The trend sport Nordic Walking is an experience on the Wadden Sea on the Wurster North Sea coast. When Nordic walking, you not only enjoy the fresh breeze but also the wide view over the Watt to the island of Neuwerk. You go for one and a half hours with beachies (beach socks) on your feet and sticks in your hands in the distance. You feel the nature under your feet and actively do something for your well-being. Nordic Walking relieves muscle tension in the shoulder and neck area, ensures optimal oxygenation in the body, promotes cardiovascular performance and relieves all joints.

    Along the way, you will also see extraordinary plants and animals. Special tip: The sport can be operated here also barrier-free, since the Kurverwaltung offers "Wattrollstühle". Meeting point is at the National Park House Wurster North Sea Coast.

    But beware, due to the tides and the peculiarities of the landscape, this tour is basically to entrust an experienced watt leader, because only he has the knowledge of which way is accessible at what time. The best way to get more information about your individual tour is to click on "request information".

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