The Wadden Sea Conservation was made a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the estuaries and marshlands of the Netherlands coast as well as the adjacent island chain. Much of the area is made up of mud flats and shallows that are passable on foot during low tide. A significant number of bird species are drawn to the wetlands, one of the final places where major intertidal ecosystems are relatively undisturbed and saltwater and freshwater habitats merge.
The major islands of the region are Texel, the largest island of the Netherlands mainland; Vlieland, which limits all travel to foot and bicycle, with no cars allowed; Terscheling, which features a magnificent lighthouse; Ameland, which hosts a nature reserve with beautiful flower species; and Schiermonnikoog, which has been designated a national park.
There are a number of nature-based pursuits that draw travelers. Kites dance aggressively high above the windy beaches, and there are plenty of coves and marshes to explore for flora and fauna. Boat trips around the tidal flats and coastal regions give up-close looks at birds, seals and the other residents of the woods and wetlands. When you're ready to get the science behind the scenery and leave the waters behind, there are several museums to explore.
However you spend your days, the Dutch parks and lodges will bring you the great outdoors in great comfort without removing you from the charm and rustic nature of the area.
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