Traces of the Dutch East India Company

Sights to see on Texel

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. 

Our Texel Tips for you
De Waal

De Waal

De Waal

Travel back in time in Texel’s smallest village.

The Eiland Galerij

The Eiland Galerij

De Cocksdorp

Island art inspired by water, clouds, wind and sea currents.

Loodsbotter boat trip

Loodsbotter boat trip

Oudeschild

Take a special boat trip with the historical fishing boat from 1906.

Den Burg

Den Burg

Den Burg

Visit Texel's largest village and discover what Den Burg has to offer.

Oudeschild

Oudeschild

Oudeschild

Visit Texel’s fishers village and discover more about the Rede van Texel.

De Oudheidkamer

De Oudheidkamer

Den Burg

Go back to the 16th century in this small museum in the centre of Den Burg.

Galerie Posthuys

Galerie Posthuys

De Koog

The meeting place where art, artists, visitors and buyers come together.

Museum Waelstee

Museum Waelstee

De Waal

See how people lived and worked on a farm on Texel 100 years ago.

War Museum

War Museum

De Cocksdorp

Learn about the consequences of the Second World War and the intense war memories of Texel.

Den Hoorn

Den Hoorn

Den Hoorn

Visit Den Hoorn! It is known for its little church, the many artists and cozy streets.

Skéép en Lantskap

Skéép en Lantskap

Den Hoorn

Discover everything about the Texel sheep farming during a walk in the open-air museum.

Fort De Schans

Fort De Schans

Oudeschild

Take a step into this extraordinary fortress and discover Texel's rich cultural history.

 Museum Gallery RAT

Museum Gallery RAT

Den Burg

Take a look at the special art made from materials washed ashore on the beach.

Galerie Klif Art

Galerie Klif Art

De Koog

Admire art from Texel, oil paintings, Murano glass and much more at Gallery Cliff Art. 

't Walvisvaardershuis

't Walvisvaardershuis

De Koog

Visit the little house with a lot of history and take a step back in time! 

Aviation Museum

Aviation Museum

De Cocksdorp

Fly through aviation history and discover a rich history.

Atelier Gallery Texel Art

Atelier Gallery Texel Art

Den Burg

Paintings and works of art inspired by the multi-faceted Texel!

War Path

War Path

De Cocksdorp

Discover unique traces of the Second World War scattered all over Texel!

Battery Den Hoorn

Battery Den Hoorn

Den Hoorn

Walk along the traces of the Second World War!

The Iron Beacon

The Iron Beacon

Oosterend

A striking landmark, both from the water and from the land.

Sheep farm De Waddel

Sheep farm De Waddel

Den Burg

Learn what it is like to be a sheep farmer on Texel!

Easter Island

Easter Island

De Cocksdorp

Discover the story behind the Easter Island statue and the connection between Texel and Easter.

National mills day

National mills day

Multiple locations
11-05-2024

The day when as many mills as possible in the Netherlands turn and are open to the public. 

Uitmarkt BuitenGewoon Texel

Uitmarkt BuitenGewoon Texel

Den Burg
09-05-2024

From music events to museums, come and see what Texel has to offer in terms of culture!

Broadway Texel

Broadway Texel

Den Hoorn
17-05-2024 - 19-05-2024

Watch performances in the living rooms of Den Hoorn during this unique living room festival!

Open Monumentendag

Open Monumentendag

Multiple locations
14-09-2024

Discover the special monuments Texel has to offer, with sustainability as the theme.

Bonfire Meierblis

Bonfire Meierblis

Multiple locations
29-04-2024

Warm up by the big fire and bake sandwiches or marshmallows by the small fires!

Museum Kaap Skil

Museum Kaap Skil

Oudeschild

An unique museum full of stories and adventures about life at sea.

The lighthouse

The lighthouse

De Cocksdorp

 Enjoy the most beautiful view of Texel at 47 metres above sea level! 

Juttersmuseum

Juttersmuseum

De Koog

Learn more about the wonderful world of beachcombing and let the discoveries surprise you.

Night of the Night

Night of the Night

Multiple locations
26-10-2024

Experience the darkness at its darkest, the activities will show you how special dark is.

Little Lambs’ bike trail

Little Lambs’ bike trail

De Cocksdorp

It is a beautiful sight to see this young life frolicking through the meadows, still a bit uncomfortable running after mother sheep and playing with each other. Grab your bike and cycle the Little Lambs Bike Trail.

Book your stay on Texel

Texel is known for its sheep and beautiful nature reserves. But did you know that Texel also has many cultural activities? Many of the museums have a link to the beach, the sea or beachcombers. Learn everything about life on and near the sea. Go beachcombing yourself and make the most beautiful creations in your accommodation. Or visit one of the cultural events that Texel has to offer.

Editors De Krim Texel

Update: March 8, 2021 16:30

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