Traces of the Dutch East India Company

Culture on Texel

Closely connected with the sea

Texel is an island with a remarkable history, closely connected with nature and the sea. Texel originated in the Ice Age and grew as a result of human endeavour and nature. Through the centuries, people have come and gone on the island e.g. to collect seagull eggs in Eierland for bakeries in Amsterdam.

The Rede van Texel

And then there was shipping; with the Rede van Texel a household name in the 15th century. Ships of the Dutch East India Company, which would depart from towns along the Zuider Zee, would anchor in the Rede van Texel to wait for favourable winds to sail to the Baltic countries, and later on also to East India. During the Golden Age, in particular, the Rede van Texel was bustling with activity. You can still find traces of this remarkable history in the authentic villages, special museums, wonderful traditions and stunning nature on Texel. 

The best Texeltips

Kaap Skil

Kaap Skil

Oudeschild

Museum Kaap Skil is an eclectic museum with a focus on Texel’s stories and adventures about the hard life at and with the sea. Kaap Skil has indoor and outdoor entertainment for the whole family! Learn about the Texel...

... Roadstead, the most important anchorage of the Golden Age, in the award-winning entrance. This living museum features interactive exhibitions as well as crafts, beach-combing stories and workshops.

Location: Heemskerckstraat 9, Oudeschild

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Woolness

Woolness

De Cocksdorp

Woolness combines wellness with Texel wool. You are wrapped in wool and left to relax in a manger. It’s an unusual Texel experience, where you can completely recharge in...

 ... a cosy wolboet. You’ll be tucked in under a soft sheepswool blanket and left to dream while the natural lotion in the wool does its work. Wool baths are an ancient custom among farmers. 

Location: Postweg 134, De Cocksdorp

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De Eiland Galerij

De Eiland Galerij

Zuid Eierland

In De Eiland Galerij you can get acquainted with the work and world of the artist couple Niek Welboren and Kerstin Edelmann. The coastal landscape is for both an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The timeless elements...

... that surround the island are each translated in their own way into paint and clay. A visit to their "Island of Arts in the polder" is a surprising experience!

Location: Postweg 72, Zuid Eierland

Galerie Posthuys

Galerie Posthuys

De Koog

Galerie Posthuys presents the work of about fifty artists every Wednesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00 hours. There will be solo presentations and themed exhibitions. In addition, a large variety can be seen...

...on the one hundred works wall. In the summer and autumn of 2019 pastels and paintings will be on display as well as En Plein Air, ceramics and aqualels in Fruit & Vegetables and the exhibition Moon by Lenneke Saraber.  

Location: Brink 14, De Koog  

Galerie Klif ART

Galerie Klif ART

Den Hoorn

Galierie Klif ART is a Texel gallery in the beautiful village of Den Hoorn. After changing exhibitions of Texel and non-Texel artists there are permanently beautiful bronze statues...

...beautiful (Murano) glass, African art, various prints by Jan Mankes and oil paints by Blok v/d Velden to be seen. Opening hours Thursday to Sunday from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm and by appointment.

Location: Klif 27, Den Hoorn

Christmas market De Cocksdorp

Christmas market De Cocksdorp

De Cocksdorp
22-12-2019

Many villages on Texel have Christmas markets. Visit the indoor Christmas market in the Eierlandsche Huis in De Cocksdorp. Their conviviality and charming ambiance attract... 

... large numbers of islanders and visitors. Don’t miss it. The Christmas markets have many stalls with home-made produce. Of course, you can warm yourself up with hot chocolate or spiced wine. 

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Oosterend

Oosterend

Oosterend

Many people think that Oosterend is Texel’s prettiest village. The grand Maartenskerk is its focal point, while picturesque streets and alleys, lined with lovely old facades wind their way around it. Around the church...

... there are shops, restaurants and a café, bringing the village to life. A large, weekly flea market is held in the summer months. 

Location: Oosterend

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Texel Wine

Texel Wine

Den Burg

Vineyard De Kroon van Texel covers an area of approx. 3 hectares and produces about 6,000 litres of Texel wine. You can take a tours of the vineyard in spring and summer months, where you can learn about...

... the creation of the vineyard, its grape varieties, the growth and blossoming of the vines and how wine is made. Each tour ends with a wine-tasting session.

Location: Rozendijk 32, Den Burg

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De Toegift

De Toegift

Den Hoorn

Theatre-cum-restaurant De Toegift presents the unique Theatre Dinner every Saturday evening. Watch an evening of entertainment during a three-course meal. There are several...

... shows per month. You can have a coffee with some homemade apple-pie or lunch at De Toegift, or relax in the sun on the terrace.

Location: Klif 12, Den Hoorn

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Museumgalerie RAT

Museumgalerie RAT

Den Burg

Do you know what you can do with all the clutter that washes up on the beach ? The museum gallery RAT shows you! In addition to admiring sculptures, reliefs and light objects you can also...

...operate in a search game or a puzzle. And all, of course, from materials washed up by the sea. The Museum Gallery offers an amusing and informative day for young and old, with good weather as well as bad weather.

Location: Burgwal 20, Den Burg  

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Den Burg

Den Burg

Den Burg

Den Burg is Texel’s largest village and not surprisingly has the largest range of shops and restaurants. The historic centre features many authentic facades. The numerous shops make Den Burg...

 ... are a perfect place for shopping. Its charming centre has lots of cosy restaurants and sidewalk cafés and a market on Monday morning. Climb the highest church tower for views of the whole island!

Location: Den Burg

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Culture Museum

Culture Museum

De Waal

Learn all about (rural) life on Texel at culture-historical museum De Waelstee. This traditional stolpboerderij has is a treasure trove of everyday objects, stories and demonstrations. The museum...

... paints a picture of Texel’s cultural past. It features a fine collection of carriages and tools. Listen to authentic stories and watch the blacksmith, lace-makers and spinners at work

Location: Hogereind 6, De Waal

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Novalishoeve

Novalishoeve

Den Burg

Drop by and discover how organic farming works or take a tour. Sample the best the soil produces at the cosy daytime café. Here’s chance to see organic farming life...

...From chicken runs to greenhouses: have a look. The cows are milked daily in the shed and ice-cream maker Fabrizio turns it into awesome creamy ice-cream. Come for a look and a taste! 

Location: Hoornderweg 46, Den Burg

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Skéép en Lantskap

Skéép en Lantskap

Den Burg

Texel truly is an island of sheep. There are more sheep than people! Follow the landscape path to the Schapeboet and learn all about keeping sheep on Texel. The Sheep Museum is more...

... than just a museum. It’s a combination of landscape, history and silence. The total footpath is 8.5 kilometres, but you can choose to take the shorter, 3-km route.

Location: Hoornderweg 29, Den Burg

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Antiquities Room

Antiquities Room

Den Burg

Texel’s antiquities room is a tiny museum in the centre of Den Burg. This beautiful house, dating from 1599, is furnished with furniture and household goods from your grandmother’s grandmothers time. It’s one of the oldest...

... houses on Texel. Stepping into the house is like stepping back in time. See and feel how people once lived. Read Aagje Luijten’s moving letters to her husband who sailed with the East India Company. 

Location: Kogerstraat 1, Den Burg

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De Waal

De Waal

De Waal

Texel’s smallest village at the heart of the island: De Waal Travel back in time as you walk through this tiny village. The culture-historical museum exudes same feeling of yesteryear. The village...

... is full of charming farms and old houses, so it’s worth well a visit. Waalenburg, the polder next to the village, is home to lots of birds. The shallow pools are great for skating in winter.

Location: De Waal

Den Hoorn

Den Hoorn

Den Hoorn

Den Hoorn is Texel’s southern-most village. It borders on a large stretch of dunes; in the spring, it is surrounded by bulb fields. Den Hoorn’s icon is the church. Den Hoorn is known for...

...its winding, narrow streets which have attracted many artists. The village features several galleries with work by “old Texel masters”. In June, the village devotes itself to the “Long June” festival.

Location: Den Hoorn

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Broadway

Broadway

Den Hoorn
29-05-2020 - 31-05-2020

Every 2 years, this 3-day home-theatre festival Broadway is held at Whitsun weekend. The charming village of Den Hoorn is turned into...

... A veritable Broadway, where every “theatre” becomes a venue for an amazing performance. More than 30 living rooms and garages are transformed into real, tiny theatres. Get refreshments between performances from street-food stalls.

Location: Den Hoorn

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Historical Room

Historical Room

De Cocksdorp

The Eiland Gallery has preserved the former school and its surroundings in the Historical Room. Take a journey back through time. See what’s changed or...

... reminisce about your own school days. The building’s original elements are now visible. There is a focus on the history of art education and if you can squeeze onto the bench, you can draw!

Location: Postweg 72, De Cocksdorp

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War Museum

War Museum

De Cocksdorp

Texel’s aviation and war museum gives an impressive look at the history of aviation and preserves the memories of war in a very poignant display.

Fly through aviation history and experience Texel’s dramatic war memories. In April 2018, the modernised exhibition were given better explanations of the aircraft, parts and stories. 

Location: Postweg 126, De Cocksdorp

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Beach-Combing Museum

Beach-Combing Museum

De Koog

In het Juttersmuseum vindt u interessante strandvondsten van meer dan 75 jaar geleden. Kom meer te weten over de wondere wereld van het strandjutten en ontdek wat er allemaal langs de kust van Texel te vinden is. De...

 ...a variety of movies about ship strandings and beach combing. At the end of your visit, the little museums café is the perfect place to come to rest while the children can play on the big playground.

Location: Pontweg 141 A, De Koog

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The Meierblis

The Meierblis

Multiple Locations
30-04-2020

The Meierblis is a tradition on Texel. People get together around a large bonfire. Smaller fires are lit around the big one, so people can bake rolls, etc. The Meierblis dates from 1789…

... when people lit fires to chase away the winter sprites to make way for the spirits of spring and summer. The Meierblis is held on 30 April except if that is a Sunday, when it is on 29 April.

Locatie: Multiple Locations

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 Beklim de vuurtoren

Beklim de vuurtoren

De Cocksdorp

No less then 118 stairs count the Texelse lighthouse. Ignore the burning feeling in your calves and upper legs, because once on top the vieuw is breathtaking. The lighthouse knows a beautyfull story. 

You can explore the bullethols of world war two. the climb from more then 34 meters high. The towen is a nice experience for young and old. That deliverd you a special selfie! Don't forget to hold your phone....

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Lighthouse

Lighthouse

De Cocksdorp

The lighthouse of Texel is located at the north of the island. Roughly 45 meters above the sea level you have a fantastic view over the North Sea, Wadden Sea, Vlieland and Texel. But also the inside of the tower is fascinating....

 ....The Second World War has left its marks on the old walls of the lighthouse, where the shooting holes are still visible. The lighthouse known to be the landmark of Texel.

Location: Vuurtorenweg 184, De Cocksdorp

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Ouwe sunderklaas

Ouwe sunderklaas

Multiple Locations
12-12-2019

People who really know Texel love Ouwe Sunderklaas! This folkloric festival unfolds in the evening, in living rooms and on the streets. The islanders poke fun at events on the island. Every village still has...

... its own traditions for Ouwe Sunderklaas. Exciting events of the past year are relived by villagers in fancy dress. Afterwards, everyone reveals his or her identity and shares a drink on the streets.

Locatie: Multiple Locations

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Oudeschild

Oudeschild

De Cocksdorp

Oudeschild is on the eastern side of Texel; its harbour welcomes the fishing fleet after they’ve been at sea all week. There are fishmongers, restaurants and a fun water play area. In the 17th century...

... Oudeschild was internationally renowned, thanks to the Texel Roadstead. The East India Company’s ships left from here, so the village went through a golden age. To find out more, visit Museum Kaap Skil.

Location: Oudeschild

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All prices 2020 include VAT, reservation fee and excluding toerist tax of € 2.25 per person per night. Prices for all holiday homes and furnished tents with bathroom include final cleaning. The following applies additionally to the holiday homes and all furnished tents: including bedlinen for the 1st person, excluding mandatory bedlinen from the 2nd person and on at € 9.10 per person. Prices subject to change.

For group bookings, please contact the Booking office.

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