Blanke Hans

Blanke Hans

Blanke Hans is an open air theatrical experience that uses the medium of sound to present a completely unique Wadden Sea experience. And it is completely free.


In the tale of Blanke Hans, we meet Charlotte, who has returned to the Wadden Sea area after many years away. Her return awakens her memories of a beloved maternal grandfather and a life in a world that exists between ebb and tide, between mudflats and tidal marsh; and between life and death.


Charlotte takes the listener on a journey back to her childhood and the distinctive nature and culture of the Wadden Sea, an area where people have stubbornly insisted on dwelling for centuries, despite the ever present threat of the storm surges from the sea. As a heathland farmer, Charlotte's grandfather was very aware of nature and its whims and Charlotte’s many walks in the landscape gave her an intimate relationship with the area. Not only is Blanke Hans a tale of a touching reunion with the Wadden Sea, it is also a tale that is pertinent to the current climate debate, and thus the challenges that lie ahead in the future.


The tour starts at the Vadehavscentret and guides the listener through woodland and tidal marshland, up along the dyke and right out to the borderlands between sea and land. All that you need to enjoy this tale is your mobile phone, headphones and the Useeum app. You can also download the audio tour in advance, but it can only be played during your visit to the Vadehavscentret. We recommend that you wear practical footwear and weather-appropriate clothing before setting out on the tour.



Instructions/what to do

  1. Download the Useeum app.
  2. Go to the front of the Vadehavscentret and put on your headphones.
  3. Open Useeum and select “Det Åbne Lydteater”.
  4. Open "Sprog", select English.
  5. Download Blanke Hans.
  6. Start playback.




With the unique nature of architect Dorte Mandrups building - where reeds are used on facade, roof and underlay, and lists of robinia-wood make the already existing building melt seamlessly together with the new building - the result is a structure, that almost seems to grow from the ground - gently and adapted to the flat marshland. 

The exhibition "THE MIGRATORY BIRDS' WADDEN SEA" is likewise adapted to the singular center. In cooperation with THE WADDEN SEA CENTRE, architect Johan Carlsson has with his thorough design created a poetic, aesthetic and modern exhibition, which with great perception shows the Wadden Sea and the migratory birds. Here are experiences which catches and involves the guests of the center - young as well as elderly - in the wondrous world of the Wadden Sea.

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