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 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. As you go, you'll see crabs march to the sound of wadding snails and, with a bit of luck, you'll even catch some seals sunbathing. The tidal movements mean that the Wadden Sea — 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.
Even if you no longer trudge through the wide mud flats here in winter, the picturesque landscape invites you to long hikes. Over dykes, along salt marshes and on the edge of the Wadden Sea, you can observe and listen to countless restive birds with the National Park Watt Guides. The mudflats know the landscape like the back of their hand - they are happy to show you the secrets of nature and tell you about the unique habitat of the Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer National Park.
Other starting points for winter walks along the Wadden Sea are the villages Schillig, Dangst and Carolinensiel.
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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.
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.
Whether barefoot in the summer or with rubber boots and warm clothing in winter, the National Park wattle guide with an ecological-scientific focus is an experience of a special kind all year round. After the meeting point at the Spiekerooger harbor, a trained guide takes you through the mudflats and explains with examples the unique feature of the habitat Watt and its exciting ecological connections. With every ebb and flow, the seabed changes and events such as storm surges or ice drift characterize the national park. In summary: Excitement and a lot of interesting information is guaranteed on this tour.
As with any tour in the watt, it is important to break up with a certified watt leader. It has all the information and expertise required by the tides and rapidly changing landscape. So that you can enjoy a carefree hike on the entire tour. The best way to get more information about the tour is to click on "Request information".
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".