Sailing and water sports enthusiasts will find ideal conditions on the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein with its clear, salty sea-air and the excellent climate there is much fun to be had and the tides can present an exciting challenge for sailors, also, because of the cold waters and the strong winds, the North Sea is particularly suitable for water sports professionals to practise their trade. Beginners would probably be more interested in the numerous mud flats of the North Sea islands. These coastal regions and their varying landscapes lead through almost undisturbed nature, where flora and fauna remain intact and preserved and can be discovered while you are water-hiking or Nordic walking. Along the north facing coastline of Lower Saxony, you will find The East Frisian Islands (German: Ostfriesische Inseln) part of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. As this region caters primarily to Germans don’t expect too much in the way of foreign languages, although you should get by reasonably with Dutch as well as English. Along the west facing coastline of Schleswig-Holstein, you will find The North Frisian Islands. These islands are geologically different from the East Frisian islands in that they don’t mostly consist of sand and dunes, but are remnants of former mainland, cut of by the rising sea as well as storm floods and human mismanagement. The islands, and the water around them, make up the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park.