The use of the marsh

The marshland in the Danish Wadden Sea area is a dynamic landscape that people have benefited from for millennia. The fertile landscape made it possible for both humans and animals to live here.

The Vide River meanders through the landscape. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen.

The marsh is the gift of the sea

The marsh is the flat, grassy landscape that lies between the higher geest in the east and the wadden in the west. It was created by the tides from the Wadden Sea, which flooded the flat coastal land and deposited sediments of sand and clay, the so-called klæg, which over time created a new, fertile land. The fertile marshland has provided a livelihood for a large population of people for thousands of years.

Varde river meanders through the landscape at Tarphage. Photo by John Frikke.

Experience the marsh

Tøndermarsken is Denmark's largest marshland area, and parts of the marsh are both part of the national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to fantastic opportunities to see a rich birdlife, you can experience the pumping stations at Lægan, Nørremølle, Højer and Sejersbæk in Tøndermarsken. You can also experience the locks at Vidå and Højer. Last but not least, the 52 km long Tøndermarsk Trail is a great way to experience the marsh on foot. Read more at the Tøndermarsk Initiative.  

Near Skærbæk is Marsk Tower, which offers an impressive view of the marsh and the national park. On a clear day, you can enjoy views all the way to Ribe, Rømø and the German Wadden Sea island of Sylt.

You can also book a guided tour with one of our national park partners.

Sheep grazing in the marsh. Photo by Thorkild Jensen

This is how you are the best guest when you experience the marsh

  • We use the many fantastic trails that show both nature and culture at their best - and that way we also avoid getting lost.
  • We respect that some areas may be closed off during the bird breeding season.
  • We refrain from travelling on dikes, unless there is a path and signs at the dike
  • We pick up any rubbish we find and take it with us - even if it is not our own.
  • We remember that we are guests in nature and therefore avoid disturbing birds and other animals.
  • We don't bring our dog with us.

Use of the marsh over time

The dyke between Gl. Frederikskog and Ny Frederikskog. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen