Dutch ‘SeaSaw’ promises sweeping views, possible nausea; Matt Hickman; Mother Nature Network

Netherlands – Wadden Sea

Imagine a seaside viewing platform that teeters with the tides.

There’s nowhere else in the world like the Wadden Sea.

The world’s largest continuous system of intertidal sand and mud flats, this vital wetland ecosystem — technically part of the North Sea tucked between the European mainland and the Frisian Islands — stretches from the Dutch province of North Holland northward through the river estuaries of Germany before ending in Esbjerg, a seaport in westernmost Denmark. Encompassing nearly 4,000 square miles of salt marshes, sweeping dunes and treasured national parks, the entirety of this vast coastal environment is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage area — obviously a very special place worth protecting.

Situated in the southernmost part of the Wadden Sea on the northern tip of the North Holland peninsula, is the municipality of Den Helder. Home to the Netherlands’ primary navy base and serving as a gateway of sorts to the Wadden Sea (Waddenzeein Dutch), Den Helder isn’t short on iconic public landmarks including historic Fort Kijkduin, the impressively tall Lange Jaap lighthouse and one particularly photogenic water tower.

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