The Wadden Sea trail – Project for a long distance Coastal hiking trail

Text and Watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt,

The Wadden Sea Trail project is a coastal trail project for a  500 km. / 300 miles coastal hiking trail along one of the world’s largest tidal formed, wetland areas, following the coast of The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, along the North Sea, in the part called The Wadden Sea. Most hikers will spend between 2-4 weeks hiking the Wadden Sea trail, depending on physical shape and time of year 

Watercolor illustration of the high and low tide of the Wadden sea trail. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

The Wadden Sea landscape change continuously between high tide and low tide

The Wadden Sea is a unique and protected coastal tidal sea area of great importance for both spawning fish and migrating birds. The coastal area along the Wadden sea is a rich historical area, altered by humans for more than 1000 years. In the last few hundred years huge dyke projects have dramatically formed the landscapes at the edge of the more natural and dynamic tidal sea landscapes, shaped by the sea through thousand of years.

The Wadden Sea hiking trails follows this edge between man made and natural, in close contact with the Wadden Sea and its ever changing periods high and low tide, like the whole landscape is breathing…

Animation of the Flow of the tide along the Wadden sea on the Wadden Sea Trail, illustration in watercolor by Frits Ahlefeldt

Walking along the tide of the Wadden Sea it is like the landscape is breathing

The Wadden Sea is a World Heritage Under UNESCO and a very nature rich area, famous, especially for the huge amount of migrating birds that pass along this huge wetland area in the spring and autumn.


Read more about the Wadden Sea on: Wikipedia WaddenSea


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