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Wadden Islands, Netherlands Travel Information

According to estatelearning, the Wadden Islands (West Frisian Wadden Islands) (English: Dutch Wadden Islands) are a group of islands that are part of the Netherlands (Europe). The Wadden Islands consist of 14 islands that are located in the North Sea north of the Netherlands. The North Frisian and East Frisian (German and Danish) Wadden Islands are often included under the Wadden Islands. These are located off the coast of Germany and Denmark. The Wadden Islands have no official capital.

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The Wadden Islands are best known for their unspoiled nature and rustic appearance. Due to its favorable location in the North Sea, many animal and plant species can be found here. For example, parts of the islands are populated annually by millions of breeding birds and birds that have their winter break there. In addition, there are many seals. The landscape of the Wadden Islands is best known for the vast dune plains and wide sandy beaches. The various islands are visited annually by many tourists who mainly come for the peace and nature. Various activities can be practiced on and around the Wadden Islands. In addition to various water sports, hiking and cycling, mudflat hiking is especially known. This is crossing the Wadden Sea on foot between two islands or between one of the islands and the mainland. See existingcountries for Netherlands higher education.

Inhabited islands:
Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog.

Uninhabited islands:
Noorderhaaks (Razing Bol), Richel, Griend, Rif, Engelsmanplaat, Simonszand, Rottumerplaat, Rottumeroog and Zuiderduintjes.

Where are the Wadden Islands?

Travel information of Wadden Islands

Official name: Wadden Islands
Continent: Europe
Area: 405 km²
Country code: NL, NLD
Population: 24,000 inhabitants
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy – parliamentary democracy
Highest point: 24 m (Oerdblinkert)

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
A detailed explanation of this travel advice can be found on Diplomatie.belgium.be.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on the Wadden Islands that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Wadden Islands, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the Wadden Islands. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Wadden Islands?

Weather and climate
The Wadden Islands has a temperate maritime climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 5 degrees and in the summer months around 20 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Wadden Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of the Wadden Islands can be found at Climate info.

Best time to travel
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to the Wadden Islands. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures.

Dutch and Frisian are both official languages ​​on the Wadden Islands. Many islanders speak a second language (eg English, German or French).

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to the Wadden Islands.

Money and Currency matters
Payments are made with the euro (EUR) on the Wadden Islands.
An overview of all ATMs on the Wadden Islands can be found on our ATMs page.

In the Netherlands it is customary to give a tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, you give a tip of approximately 5-10%.

Time difference
The Wadden Islands are in the zone: UTC +1 during winter time and in the zone: UTC +2 during summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of the Wadden Islands can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On the Wadden Islands you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on the Wadden Islands.
If you would like to use one of the boat connections between the mainland and the Wadden Islands or between the Wadden Islands themselves, please visit the Wadden.nl website.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Wadden Islands.

Two different plugs are used on the Wadden Islands (230 volts).
More information about electricity on the Wadden Islands can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire Department: 112
– Ambulance: 112
– Coast Guard: 0900-0111 or VHF channel 16
– Non-emergency aid: 0900-8844

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding the Wadden Islands can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the Netherlands (Wadden Islands) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from the Wadden Islands end with.nl.
Official website of the Wadden Islands: wadden.nl and waddenzee.nl.

The country code (international access number) to call someone on the Wadden Islands is 0031 or +31.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
All area codes of the Wadden Islands can be found at Netnummer.info.
Telephone numbers can be found in the telephone directory of the Wadden Islands.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Wadden Islands.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of the Wadden Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Wadden Islands.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on the Wadden Islands can be found on Beleven.org.
An overview of all school holidays on the Wadden Islands can be found on Nederlandworldwide.nl.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on the Wadden Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report about the Wadden Islands?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Wadden Islands. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on the Wadden Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on the Wadden Islands can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Wadden Islands? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and medicines, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Wadden Islands.
– Alcohol: Buy from the age of 18, drink at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0.2 for novice drivers up to 5 years old).
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Germany and Denmark also have Wadden Islands?
…The Wadden Islands are known for mudflat hiking?
…The Wadden Sea has been a World Heritage Site since 2009?