Frisian Islands - Netherlands
The Frisian Islands, also known as the Wadden Islands or Wadden Sea Islands, form an archipelago at the eastern edge of the North Sea in northwestern Europe, stretching from the northwest of the Netherlands through Germany to the west of Denmark. They differ quite a bit from one another. Schiermonnikoog was voted as the prettiest place in the Netherlands by the Dutch, and is one big National Park. Typical for Ameland are the nice commander houses. On Terschelling you can experience the cozy marine atmosphere and visit the famous Willem Barentsz school for navigation. The pure and rough island of Vlieland has an enormous sand area on the west side of the island and is called "Sahara of the north". Texel is the biggest of the islands. A special attraction here is Ecomare, the nature centre on the island. The area has a long cultural history, which is important for the region. Because of these unique natural treasures, the islands have been declared a UNESCO natural heritage site. The wealth of life in the Wadden Sea is phenomenal. Not only do you find lots of permanent residents on the Frisian Islands, there are also many of visitors. Every year, at least 10 to 12 million migrating birds make use of these islands.