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Beautiful red cliff on Sylt Island

Sylt’s Lighthouse, a major tourist attraction

Kite Surfing in the North Sea against the dunes of St. Peter Ording

The North Sea is full of beautiful seagulls

Watching the tide come and go is a fascinating natural highlight

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The North Sea—perfect idyll, recreation and endless opportunities


The North Sea is a shallow marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean. It is around 100 meters deep and forms the western border of Schleswig-Holstein. Fresh wind and weather, wonderful waves, amazing tides, mudflats, boat trips on the sea, water sports and holidays are what people think of when talking about the North Sea. The unique landscape, created by the sea between 4000 and 2000 BC, is beautiful. The ebb and flow of the tides are especially dramatic along the North Sea coast. The incoming tide can be observed twice a day: the sea level rises by up to 3 meters, flooding the mudflats along the coast. Once the water has reached its highest point, called “high tide”, it goes out again, until it reaches its lowest level, known as “low tide”. Watching the tide rise and fall is a fascinating thing to do, but just like anything exciting, the mudflats caused by the tide can be hazardous. Even on a perfect summer's day, the tide can come rushing in much faster than you imagine, or a thick, impenetrable fog can suddenly descend.

St. Peter Ording, a famous holiday destination in the North Sea, is the “world’s biggest sandpit”, surrounded by dikes which were built to control the power of the sea. The dikes are meant to protect the beautiful coastline.

Other highlights of the North Sea are the Hallig Islands with their unique seal banks, and the Schleswig-Holstein Wattenmeer National Park and Biosphere.

The southern part of the North Sea coast (between the cities Emden and Cuxhaven), including the East Frisian Islands, offers a charming natural landscape as well. The mudflats along the Dutch North Sea are a protected national park, drawing thousands of tourists every year: walk through the salt marshes, swim in the sea, walk across the mudflats, explore the seal banks or go on a bird watching trip…the possibilities are endless. .