Dithmarschen – Experience nature
Dithmarschen, nature in all its facets. The water in the North Sea, Wattenmeer, riverscapes and the canal not only created a unique climate, but is also the habitat for diverse flora and fauna. Nature enthusiasts find many places for admiring, learning, and enjoying:
National park information center in the Alten Schleusenhaus in Büsum with offers for guided nature tours and handicraft lessons. The Wattenmeer reserve stations in Büsum and Friedrichskoog offer mudflat hikes and discovery tours in the Wattenmeer World Natural Heritage site, island and hallig explorations, bird watching, silt tours, a look into a watt laboratory, slide shows, nature game tours, night excursions, guided salt marsh tours, and tours of exhibits.
In Friedrichskoog and Büsum you can experience the Wattenmeer World Natural Heritage site and its inhabitants up close on one of the numerous theme watt-walking tours from Büsum or at the seal station in Friedrichskoog. The nature discovery areas in Lunden, Burg, and Albersdorf invite you to take long walks and make interesting discoveries: in Burg is the woods, otherwise rare in Dithmarschen, with the Waldmuseum and an extensive network of trails along springs, ponds, and ravines; the landscape around Lunden is dominated by high and low moor. Nature learning trails connect the moor with a NaTourCentrum.
The lowlands of the Eider, Treene, and Sorge rivers form an idyllic riverscape with numerous nature reserves. Locals and visitors can experience the attractive diversity of moor, woods, marsh, and sandy heathland up close by bike, on horseback, or on foot on well-marked cycle, riding, and hiking trails. The extensive open landscape with its moors and wetlands offers threatened animal and plant species last retreats.
In Speicherkoog there are not only two nature observation cabins with information plaques (Wöhrdener Loch, Kronenloch), but since 2004, the Koniks, a rare species of wild horses, also graze here.
Albersdorf is particularly unusual with its Stone Age Archeology Ecology Center. On the 40-hectare grounds visitors can learn how the first farmers on the west coast lived.