Harlingen - Holwerd
Distance: 70.3 km
The enchanting harbour town of Harlingen acts as a gateway to the Wadden Sea. Here you can take the ferry to Vlieland or Terschelling (or take the ferry back to Harlingen after a mudflat hike to one of the islands). You further wind your way along the northern Frisian coast. In this neck of the woods it’s mostly very quiet and very flat. It’s hard to imagine that this area was one of Europe’s most populous regions in mediaeval times. Until well into the Middle Ages the sea had a major impact on the Frisian landscape. The land flooded on a regular basis. That’s why as early as 100 AD the Frisians made hills (‘terpen’) of earth, manure and domestic waste here, on top of which they built their houses. Between Zwarte Haan and Holwerd you pass a nature reserve that is called Noard-Fryslân Bûtendyks. Situated outside the dyke, it’s one of Europe’s largest salt marsh areas. A salt marsh is a piece of land that floods at extreme high tide.
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- Harlingen – Holwerd
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