Discover Texel sights with this travel guide to Texel
In this Texel travel guide you will find practical recommendations for a holiday on Texel with numerous Texel sights, tips and activities. The island on the North Sea in The Netherlands fascinated. Through their people. Because of the proximity to the mainland of The Netherlands. Because of their location in the sea. And because dunes, waves and wind determine life on the island. Petar and I love the sea. Above all, however, we like somewhat rougher, lonely landscapes. This is exactly how we experienced the Texel attractions during our visit in May. Rough, windy and few people on the beach. During our stay on Texel we saw sights for one North Sea beach vacation on the island on the North Sea collected for you.
Arrival with the Texel ferry
In our Texel travel guide you will find everything you need to know about the ferry crossing. Getting here with the Texel ferry is easy. You should know that for your holiday on Texel:
- If you are traveling by car, it is best to enter the address of your accommodation in Texel in yours Navigation device* on. If you don't have this, then enter Pontweg 1 in Den Hoorn / Texel.
- You can also book the Texel ferry on this page: https://www.teso.nl/de/
- You don't book your ticket for a specific day or time. Instead, you simply join the queue that has just been opened. If necessary, the ferry company also uses a second ferry in order to process the ferry operation more quickly.
- The current one Texel ferry timetable here.
- The current The Helder Texel ferry costs here.
- If you buy your ticket online, you do not even need a ticket. With the number plate recognition you can drive at the time of your choice on the Texel ferry.
- If you have a printed ticket, you can instead have the code scanned using a reader at the entrance to the ferry.
- Open barriers show you which waiting lane is currently being filled. There you line up and wait until the barriers open when loading the ferry. Then you simply follow the lanes onto the ferry.
- The crossing over the Wadden Sea takes about 20 minutes.
- You don't need a ticket for the return journey. You join the currently open queue and drive on board as soon as the entrance is open.
- Also look out for discount offers on the ferry's website. There are often early bird offers there. If you book early enough, you can even translate for free to the island of Texel.
Texel fact: There is only one traffic light at the ferry on the island. Every visitor passes it twice when visiting the island.
Texel arrival by train
The Texel travel guide recommends arriving by train. Of course, you can also travel by train to your holiday on Texel. To do this, take the train to Den Helder. There you then change to bus number 33. This will drop you off at the main entrance for pedestrians and mopeds / cyclists at the ferry station.
TESO Veerhaven Den Helder
NL-1781 AB Den Helder
When returning to the train station, follow the signs for the bus that you will find on board the ferry. Bus 33 runs once an hour according to the ferry schedule. (Attention: It does not leave the main entrance, however.)
Texel Parking - You should know that
In Texel, parking in cities and beaches costs money. In some places, the parking duration is limited to a certain period of time. Therefore you should not forget your parking disc. The Parking fee can be conveniently paid online for your entire island stay. This is also the easiest way to pay parking fees when you are on the island. With this you can make your holiday on Texel completely relaxed. You choose the period for which you need the vignette, then enter your license plate number and pay the fee. Finished. The vignette and receipt are then sent by email. You do not need a receipt, as your license plate shows the inspector that the parking fee has been paid. Alternatively, you can also buy the vignette from parking ticket machines. However, you can only pay there with a debit or credit card. Cash is not accepted. Currently (16.01.2020) parking costs € 1 for 10 day and € 8 for 20 days.
Discover Texel sights all year round with this travel guide
In summer there is definitely more going on on the island. However, May is the perfect travel time for everyone who wants to avoid the hustle and bustle and enjoy nature and Texel attractions in peace. However, Texel is a good travel destination all year round. We were on the island at the time when the lambs are born in the sheep farms. You can find out more about this in this Texel travel guide. At the same time, however, we visited the coast of the island. What we discovered in the process, we present to you here.
That has to be in the suitcase
- You will be walking a lot on your vacation on Texel. Therefore belong comfortable shoes get on the Case.
- In the summer months you can relax on the beach. These Beach utensils you need for that.
- Take one Binoculars* for bird watching with. There are definitely good opportunities for this in the national park and along the coast.
- A stiff breeze can blow at the sea all year round. A windbreaker * anyway does a good job.
- Use our Hiking checklist. You can also use this to check what you need for a hike.
The island of Texel Holland is a paradise for beach lovers and outdoor fans as well as a travel destination that offers great opportunities for those who are looking for peace and quiet, like to stroll through small villages and want to experience the island and its way of life intensively. Exciting Texel activities await you.
- Texel Den Hoorn Apartment * book here
Den Hoorn is just a few kilometers from the ferry station. It used to be right by the sea. Today it is removed from the coast through polder land and a dike. In the former port of Den Hoorn, however, street names and old houses still point to the seafaring past of the place. This is where the pilots once lived and showed ships the way through the shallows of the Wadden Sea. Off the coasts, sandbanks, which are constantly changing their location, and sunken ships make passage through the Wadden Sea dangerous. In addition, many whalers lived in Den Hoorn. In a house at Heerenstraat 49 you can see how they lived.
The land between Den Hoorn and the dyke was definitely made by humans. The polder landscapes are now used as grazing land for cattle and sheep. In addition, daffodils are grown in the vicinity of the village for bulb production. The fences that separate the individual parcels from each other are also striking. They are made of turf because there was hardly any wood on Texel when this land was created. So you simply cut out pieces of grass and piled them up to form walls about a meter high. These separate fields and pastures and prevent the cattle from roaming freely over the pastures.
The Schapenboete - sheep sheds are Texel sights
During our holiday on Texel, we often notice buildings that look as if they are only half finished. These are Schapenboete. This is what the sheep sheds are called, where hay and fodder for the sheep are kept. They usually point with the flat side to the northeast. There is also the entrance door to the building. The reason for this is that the winds blow mainly from the southwest. So the barns are protected from the strong sea winds. Today, however, the sheds are rarely used. However, some have been restored and are used for other purposes.
Napoleon's forts - historic Texel landmarks
There are three fortresses on Schansweg just outside Oudeschild. Fort de Schans - the oldest - goes back to Willem von Oranje, who had it built in 1574. In the golden age of Holland, when the ships of the Dutch East India Company sailed the world's oceans, the fort served at times as a prison. At that time mutineers were locked up there. Some were even executed there.
In 1811 Napoleon Bonaparte finally came to Texel. He had Fort de Schans expanded and two more forts built in the neighborhood: Fort Lunette and Fort Redoute. Fort de Schans has now been restored. However, only the foundation walls of the other two fortresses can be seen.
The "hill" - one of Texel's sights
To put it right: Texel is flat! Very flat! Brettel-just, so to speak. In any case, there is no trace of hills here. Nevertheless, the islanders refer to the place in the photo as "hill". It is just a few meters higher than the surrounding land. Even I can manage this hill with my left hand. Although I don't like walking uphill. It is the relations that give the names here. The differences in altitude are small on Texel. Therefore, even a small elevation is referred to as a hill here. Somehow I find that sympathetic. Humorous for sure.
The hill is just behind the dike on the mainland side of the island. On one side we see the "hill", on the other side the sea. Every Texelan tells us that this is one of the Texel attractions. For us Bavaria, however, this is hardly recognizable. But to see him we have to take a few steps uphill. Because the country in which the "hill" is located is below sea level. It is drained through canals. Protected by dikes. You don't see the sea straight away. To do this, you either have to climb dikes. Or overcome dunes. Only behind it does the blue of the North Sea finally extend.
Oudeschild - a place that is one of Texel's sights
- Luxury Apartment Texel * with sea view in Oudeschild
- Texel Hotel by the sea * at the port of Oudeschild
Our favorite place on the island of Texel is Oudeschild. It is the only island town that still has a port today. However, this is located on the side of the island that faces the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. For us it is one of the Texel attractions that you have to see. From here the fishermen set out to fish plaice and sole from the North Sea. Shrimp cutters catch prawns and herrings, while others hunt shellfish. At the weekend, a visit to the port of Oudeschild is definitely worthwhile. Then the fishing fleet is in the harbor. The ships arrive in port on Friday afternoon. At the weekend you can watch the fishermen maintain their ships and repair the nets. Then there is a lot of activity in the port of Oudeschild. Or do you fancy a trip with the shrimp boat? This is also possible from Oudeschild.
Instead, we follow the road that runs along the harbor. We see the port facilities that are reserved for guests. During our visit, a sailing ship with a Swedish flag is in the harbor. Oudeschild also has two marinas. The first is available for residents' yachts. This is followed by a marina for visitors. King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima are said to have been guests here with their children in their sailing ship.
In the footsteps of the sailors
Oudeschild itself was an important port in the golden days of Dutch seafaring. At that time, the ships of the Dutch East India Company moored here when they returned from their trade trips around the world. I find it fascinating that you have to go to the side of the island facing away from the North Sea if you want to see a port on your holiday on Texel.
Kaap Skil - The beach property museum among the Texel sights
Again and again these traders got caught in one of the storms that did not stop at this North Sea island either. Hence it came as it had to come. Ships sank again and again in the North Sea. The current carried many things ashore from the wrecks on Texel. Beach collectors, or jutters as the Texelans call them, have been collecting these things for centuries. Amazing finds keep popping up on the island's beaches. These have been collected in the Kaap Skil shipping and beach goods museum in Oudeschild, one of the Texel attractions that you shouldn't miss. Here you can find everything from rusted anchors to old cannons to Chinese porcelain. The reconstruction of the old port of Oudeschild in the basement of the museum is also worth seeing. Here you get a good impression of what the place looked like in the golden days of Dutch seafaring.
In the outdoor area we also go through some fishermen's huts. These show how fishermen used to live on the island. Right next door is also a windmill that originally stood in Zaandam. It was torn down there at the beginning of the 20th century and rebuilt here in Oudeschild. In their annex, we are overwhelmed by thousands of buoys, scraped bottles and other odds and ends that the jutters have wrested from the sea.
Kaap Skil (click for a map)
1792 AA Oudeschild
About one and a half kilometers inland is the place Oosterend. More fishermen live here today than in neighboring Oudeschild. The place itself was once a port city. However, due to land reclamation by draining the polders, the sea is now a few kilometers away. Instead, the Oosterend fishermen's boats are moored in the port of Oudeschild. From there they go out to fish in the North Sea. The place is particularly worth seeing because of its idyllic village. Cobblestone streets run through Oosterend. The houses are lovingly cared for. A cat is stretching in the sun in front of a bench. The place exudes a calm that creates well-being.
Texel fact: Oosterend is also called the "Jerusalem of the North". There used to be 7 churches from different religious communities. Today there are three.
The Waelstee Museum - one of the Texel attractions in De Waal
De Waal is the smallest place on the island of Texel. About 225 people live here. One of the Texel attractions that are worthwhile is the Waelstee Museum. We take a look at what life was like for Texelans over 100 years ago. Where today the children of the island ride bicycles on the country lanes and streets, they once let themselves be pulled by rams in children's carriages. We discover one of those “Bokkewagen” in the museum. Her parents, on the other hand, preferred to ride horse-drawn carriages across the island on weekends in their Sunday best.
It also shows how cow's milk has been processed into cheese. This was the work of women, as was the running of the household. They did the work in the house while their husbands took the boats out to sea or did heavy work, such as the local blacksmith.
Museum Walestee - Click here for a map
1793 AG De Waal
- Texel den Burg Hotel *
- Texel Island Holiday Park * in Den Burg
- Texel Hostel * in Den Burg
- Texel B & B * in Den Burg
- than Texel Accommodation * in Den Burg
Den Burg is the main town on the island of Texel. It is not allowed to call itself a city, because none of the island towns has city rights to this day. However, Den Burg most closely resembles a small town. In any case, here we find everything that one needs. From shopping to a selection of restaurants and hotels to the offices responsible for island administration, everything is in Den Burg. Nevertheless, the place exudes a cosiness and tranquility that makes a holiday on Texel so pleasant.
We continue to the north end of the island. There is the place De Cocksdorp, the youngest and northernmost village of Texel. Only founded 1836 after the salt meadow between Eierland and Texel was created by dike construction, it is now a holiday resort. However, most visitors attract something else, namely the Texel lighthouse.
The lighthouse - highlight among the Texel sights
The lighthouse at the north end of Texel is different. We can see it from afar. You have to. After all, he should help the ships off the island with orientation. He does. Red with a white tip, it rises from the dunes. It can also be seen from a distance from inside the island. After all, he's standing on the dunes. It towers over the seemingly endless sandy beach. A few beach hikers cavort on this. Some beach sailors also use the emptiness and length of the beach to let the wind carry them along the water. Otherwise there are only a few visitors here who came by bus.
Tips for accommodation near the lighthouse
- Thuis bij Frans en Els Stay overnight with a view of the lighthouse. Just steps away from the lighthouse and beach is this bed and breakfast.
- Duinpark de Robbenjager Only 2 minutes to the beach and 6 minutes walk to the lighthouse are these accommodations.
- Boutique Hotel Texel More luxurious, but not directly on the beach and the lighthouse, you can spend the night in nearby Cooksdorp.
Your destination is the lighthouse. Ours as well. We go up a few steps again. There rises the red signal tower. His light should be seen in the dark even to Leeuwarden south of Amsterdam. In any case, its history is interesting. During the Second World War, the Georgian revolt took place around the lighthouse. The bullet holes can still be seen in the walls of the lighthouse.
Lighthouse (click for a map)
Lighthouse road 184
1795 LN De Cocksdorp
Beach pavilion Kaap Noord
The island of Texel on the North Sea fulfills the cliché that I associate with places like this one. Wind, sea air and sun make you hungry. Therefore, the lunch break in the beach pavilion Kaap Noord comes just right. Eating right on the beach overlooking the sea is something special for us Bavaria. Something rare. Something we definitely like very much. Despite the fresh sea breeze outdoor tables are already occupied. Therefore, we are looking for a place inside.
The selection on the menu is extensive. There is everything from fish to salads to Dutch croquettes. The prices are reasonable. And the food is good. We watch the kitesurfers in the water with fresh mussels and salmon salad. The wind blows past our field of vision at a rapid pace. I could sit here for hours watching the goings-on Beach observe. But there is more to see by the sea on the island of Texel.
Ecomare in De Koog
For the afternoon we recommend a visit to Ecomare in De Koog. It was originally a rescue center for injured animals. In the meantime, however, it has become an interesting place for anyone interested in the island's wildlife. We learn a lot about the Wadden Sea, the North Sea and the island of Texel.
How a sperm whale finances its own museum
Even sperm whales are stranded on the beaches of Texel. One of them made sure that this information center was created. You found the precious amber in his body. This is a substance that some sperm whales develop in their digestive tract. In any case, it is used to make expensive perfumes. Amber is very rare and therefore very valuable. One of sperm whaleswho were stranded on the island had large amounts of amber in his body. This was eventually sold for a high profit. This was used to finance the construction of the facility. So the whale himself took care of the construction of the exhibition room, in which today his skeleton hangs so impressively on the ceiling.
On the open-air site and in the aquariums you can also see various animal species that live on and in the North Sea. Below we discover boobies, porpoises and a variety of fish. Since the facility is located in the middle of the Texel Dunes National Park, the natural environment is not far. With a little luck, you can see seabirds walking through the dunes.
Ecomare (click for a map)
1796 AZ De Koog
The Texel National Park - one of Texel's natural sights
The Texel National Park stretches along the entire west coast of Texel from the lighthouse to the southern tip. It is definitely one of the Texel attractions that we particularly recommend for a holiday on Texel. This includes the dune regions as well as the forests and bird sanctuaries. It is criss-crossed by bicycle and hiking trails and offers a pristine nature experience. During our trip in Apartment Hotel Bos en Duin * used, which is on the edge of the forest area of the national park in the interior of the island. From here you have great opportunities for cycling and hiking on quiet country roads and forest trails. We particularly liked the peace and quiet that can be enjoyed in the midst of nature.
Follow us on our trip to the Texel attractions in Petar's video and discover more tips for a holiday on Texel on the North Sea:
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Questions and Answers
- How long is Texel? - The island is 23,7 km long and 9,6 km wide
- Where is the island of Texel? - It is located in the Dutch province of North Holland and is the southernmost island in the Wadden Sea.
- How much does the ferry from Den Helder to Texel cost? - In January 2020 the return trip by ferry by car and max. 9 people € 37 for an outward journey on Fri / Sat / Sun / Mon. If you travel to the island on Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday, it will be even cheaper at € 25. You can find the current prices on the Website of the ferry.
- How long is the ferry to Texel? - The crossing takes 20 minutes. The ferry departs from Den Helder every weekday between 6: 30 and 21: 30. On Sundays and public holidays and depending on the season, the ferry service starts later. Exact and current information can be found on the Website of the ferry.
- Is the island of Texel car-free? - No, cars are allowed on Texel. However, there are many and narrow highways where cars are rarely encountered. There you will find more tractors and farmers driving to their fields.
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- Switzerland rules out the possibility of deportation to China. It is assumed that these Tibetans come from India or Nepal, both of which countries do not recognize the UN Refugee Convention. Even worse, Nepal recently signed anextradition treaty with the communist regime in China! So, deportation to India or Nepal are not viable solutions for these Tibetan asylum seekers. Texel map for better orientation.
KLM and Lufthansa fly to Amsterdam. From there it goes by train and bus to the ferry station in Den Helder. However, we traveled by car to Den Helder and then took the ferry to the island from there. Do you like to take more time on your journey? Then we recommend one Road trip through the Hanseatic cities in Holland.
Sheep farm (Schapenboerderij)
Tel. 06 44926046
Sheep farm and cheese factory Wezenspyk
Hotels, apartments and other accommodation on Texel * You can also book through our partner booking.com at this link. We have in Boutique Hotel Texel * and in Hotel De Lindeboom in Den Burg * spent the night.
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Source for the article Texel Sights and Texel Attractions: own research on site. We also thank VVV Texel and atvision for the kind support of this trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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