The Wadden Sea – close encounters with unusual creatures.
That’s what the Wadden Sea has plenty of.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is know for its mudflats, over 10,000 plant and animal species that live within the mud and the sea and as a crucial stopover for millions of migrating birds.
Wadden Sea runs along the coast from the Netherlands to Denmark and includes a chain of islands. I visited the Wilhelmshaven part of Wadden Sea, north of Bremen in Germany.
Wilhelmshaven is a naval-base town of 70,000 people. The attraction for travelers is the Wadden Sea experience of combing the shallows for sea creatures and digging in the mud for some of the most extraordinary worms I’ve ever seen. Below are pictures that give you a better idea of a visit there than any description I can write.
If you can, go in October for that is the best time to see the birds that stop there on their migration from the southern points in Africa to east Russia. The sight is supposed to be spectacular even for non-ornithologists. For dinner, check out Pier 24 and Le Patron. I ate at both and the food was wonderful – I had fish, naturally, both nights.