With its starting point in Rudbøl, your trip along the West Coast Route begins just north of the Danish-German border, which cuts through the town. You’re in the Wadden Sea National Park, which is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. From Rudbøl, the route leads through the magnificent marsh landscape before your cycle reaches the town behind the dyke – the charming town of Højer, which, as the gateway to the marshes, rises above the flat landscape with the striking 22-metre-high windmill at Højer Mølle.
From Højer, the first stretch of the route takes you up onto the dyke itself, which protects the flat marshland against flooding and storm surges. The route then runs along minor roads and through several villages before turning onto the cycle path at Vesterende Ballum, where the path runs along the dyke once more.