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

Oudeschild

Have you ever visited Kaap Skil Museum in Oudeschild? During the autumn school holidays, you can help the curator piece together shards. Discover the stories behind the shipwrecks off the coast of Texel. Listen to the villagers’ stories of ...

...life in the past. Find out more about trades like net-mending, spinning, fish smoking or rope making. And, there is also a workshop where you can learn to make delftware tiles. 

Location: Heemskerckstraat 9, Oudeschild

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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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Saint Nicolas

Oudeschild
17-11-2018

Can you see the steamboat? It’s bringing Saint Nicolas and his helpers to Oudeschild’s harbour. His arrival is followed by a fun programme on the quay. When the Saint’s boat moors in Oudeschild...

... it’s time for a party! Festive songs are sung, traditional pepernoten are handed out and children have the chance to present Sint Nicolas with their wishlist!

Location: Haven 2, Oudeschild

Ouwe sunderklaas

Multiple Locations
12-12-2018

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

Singing under the tree

De Koog
24-12-2018

 On Christmas Eve, the residents of De Koog sing along with tourists under the big Christmas tree on the village square. ...

  

 ... Everyone is welcome to come sing along at 19:00. You are of course also welcome to just come watch. 

Location: Dorpsplein, De Koog 

Long June

Multiple Locations
01-06-2019 - 30-06-2019

Long June is Texel’s month of culture, a month with a large number of events with a focus on art, culture and music. Enjoy these amazing performances and show. During Long June...

... you can admire artwork, watch cabaret and theatre shows, listen to a range artists performing live but the real highlight is Sommeltjespop, the music festival.

Locatie: Multiple Locations

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Day of the Sheep

Den Hoorn
11-07-2019

Enter the world of sheep on the “Day of the Sheep”, which features competitions, demonstrations and various sheep breed shows. Sheep are...

... sheared, milked and their hooves trimmed. Watch sheepmilking and sheepshearing contests or buy souvenirs. The venue is next to Den Hoorn’s church, or Novalishoeve if the weather is bad.

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Agricultural Day

Den Hoorn
25-07-2019

Den Hoorn’s Agricultural Day is a well-known event at which local Texel business can exhibit their products during a varied and fun programme. There are...

... various demonstrations and activities, including a tractor show, a gooseherd, a wood artist and much more. The youngest visitors can visit the petting farm.

Location: Kleiweg, near Den Hoorn. 

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Horizon Tour

Den Burg, Oudeschild
03-08-2019 - 04-08-2019

The Horizon Tour is a fleet of authentic flat-bottomed boats full of performing artists. This floating festival passes all the islands of the Wadden Sea, stopping off at Texel too. While it’s here...

... you can watch and listen to great shows, demonstrations and music performed by these creative sailors in Den Burg and Oudeschild. It’s enchanting!

Location: Multiple locations

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HavenVIStijn

Oudeschild
10-08-2019

Oudeschild’s harbour is the backdrop for HavenVIStijn, an event where Texel’s fishing fleet and the public meet. There is a range of fun activities and demonstrations, so why not...

... Stroll past the fish stalls at HavenVistijn and how the various species are related. Sample freshly fried or smoked fish, take part in an activity or sail with the lifeboat crew.

Location: Oudeschild

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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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Lighthouse

De Cocksdorp

The lighthouse at Texel’s most northerly point reaches 45 metres above sea level. Climb to the top for the amazing views of the North Sea, Vlieland, the Wadden Sea and Texel. For many people...

... the lighthouse symbolises Texel perfectly. While the views are impressive, the climb to them are poignant too: here, the traces of the Second World War are still visible.  

Location: Vuurtorenweg 184, De Cocksdorp

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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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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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The Meierblis

Multiple Locations
30-04-2019

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

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

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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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Beach-Combing Museum

De Koog

Flora, the beach-combing museum, exhibits a wide range of beach finds collected over more than 75 years. Discover the tough world of beachcombers, pilots, rescue services and fishermen. The different rooms have...

... displays and show films on a loop about stranded ships, rescues and beach-combing. The extensive grounds also contain lots of unusual objects too.

Location: Pontweg 141 A, De Koog

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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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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

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

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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All prices of 2019 include VAT, reservation fee, final cleaning and bedlinen for the 1st person (holiday homes/furnished tents). The prices do not include the mandatory linen for the 2nd person, which cost € 8.95 pp - (holiday homes/furnished tents) evenas the tourist tax of €1.85 that is charged per night, up to 7 nights. Prices subject to change.

For group bookings, please contact the Booking office.

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