What to do and see in Texel, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

July 30, 2017 Madelene Haan

Texel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɛsəl] ( listen)) is a municipality and an island with a population of 13,641 in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. It is the largest and most populated island of the West Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea. The island is situated north of Den Helder, northeast of Noorderhaaks, also known as "Razende Bol" and southwest of Vlieland.
Restaurants in Texel

1. TESO Koninklijke Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming

Pontweg 1, 1797 SN Den Hoorn, Texel, The Netherlands +31 222 369 600
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4.5 based on 153 reviews

TESO Koninklijke Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming

Reviewed By CarolienBAC - Leuven, Belgium

We booked online tickets for the ferry to travel to Texel and back. I was pleasantly surprised by how modern and accommodating the ferry was. The Seating area is comfortable, the self service restaurant is very clean and offers a nice selections of drinks and foods. You can also buy some souvenirs and there are folders available to prepare your stay at Texel. The toilets are very clean.
There is a digital playing area for the children, which was greeted with enthusiasm by the five children we were traveling with. But the best experience of all is of course the trip itself. The view on the surrounding sea, the sea gulls and the island of Texel approaching. Too bad the trip only takes about fifteen minutes.

2. Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui

Heemskerckstraat 9, 1792 AA Oudeschild, The Netherlands +31 222 314 956
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui

Reviewed By Marspan

This interesting and beautiful modern building by Mecanoo architects houses actually several expositions, both in the building itself and outside in the garden, in several other old buildings. Downstairs a very well made and interesting exposition about the history of the isle Texel (I had forgotten why we have a Tesselschadestraat in Amsterdam) and upstairs a just as well made, but totally different exposition about treasure diving around Texel. By the way, I write this in English, but the museum is all Dutch.

3. Surfschool Foamball

Paal 21 | Ruijslaan 44, 1796 MS De Koog, Texel, The Netherlands
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5 based on 72 reviews

Surfschool Foamball

Surfschool Foamball is located near the Koog on the Island Texel. On one of the most beautiful Beaches in the Netherlands surf lessons are provided by professional surfteachers. Enjoy the ocean, beach and sun with surfschool Foamball.

Reviewed By Chroniceur - Soest, The Netherlands

A recently ( 2013 ) opened surf school on the beach of de Koog. teachers with an academic background in economy, what more could you ask for? Subsequently, fair prices!
Our sons liked the lessons and the instructors very much and would gladly have gone every day of their two week holiday. We shall certainly be returning next year.

4. Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach

Vuurtorenweg | Next to the Lighthouse, De Cocksdorp, Texel, The Netherlands +31 222 317 741
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach

Reviewed By siddhant k

Tessel island, the Dutch island is one of the best in the Netherlands. We visited this island in September month and it was quite warm outside. A perfect place for all ages, to play, enjoy and have fun with family and friends. Sea is not always that warm in the summer, but don't expect much from Dutch summer. It was so windy and sun was shining. Nice for sunbathing and testing the salty water of North Sea. Lots of activities including Skydiving if you dare to jump above the North Sea. A perfect destination for all time.

5. Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora

Pontweg 141, Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands +31 222 321 230
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This museum exhibits highlights of many years of combing the Beaches. Items include boats and boat parts, parts of planes which crashed in WWII, barrel contents rusted together. There's a huge bottle collection. There was a story about a ship getting in a hurricane. Although it is amazing what one can find on the Beaches, it is still not as exciting as a good archeological collection.

6. Jan Plezier Huifkartochten Texel

De Koog, 1796 BR De Waal, Texel, The Netherlands
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Jan Plezier Huifkartochten Texel

Reviewed By Anne B - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We did one of the morning carriage rides and had a fantastic time. This is a must do when on the island for a few days and a great and natural way to see one of the most beautiful parts of Texel.
The staff was great and very friendly, the guide super knowledgable and with great humor! We learnt so much about the island on the way. One of us was in an electric wheelchair and the carriage is very well equipped to accommodate wheelchairs which is great. Just make sure to let the crew know when you book the trip and they will be ready to assist when you arrive.
International travelers, the narrative was in Dutch and not sure if they offer additional languages so that may be a bit of a challenge. You will undoubtedly enjoy the carriage ride, nature and Dutch hospitality though!

7. Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel

Texel, The Netherlands +31 222 317 741
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel

Reviewed By RWBZ - Chicago

We rented a bike for about 6 hours and had a wonderful afternoon, stopping near the lighthouse for hot chocolate and to warm up our toes. It was hovering near 2-3 degrees during our stay and while riding the bike kept us warm, knowing we had a couple of options to stop - even on a quiet winter Sunday - made all the difference. Would definitely recommend a winter trip to Texel to see the dunes if you are lucky enough to get a dry, non-windy weekend like we had.

8. Ecomare

Ruijslaan 92, 1796 AZ De Koog, Texel, The Netherlands +31 222 317 741
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4.5 based on 699 reviews

Ecomare

Reviewed By CarolienBAC - Leuven, Belgium

Tripadvisor ranks Ecomare as the top attraction to visit at Texel and I couldn't agree more with this top position. Ecomare is a center where wounded seals and porpoises are treated and after their recovery are released back into the wild. But the center is much more than this, it is an ideal place to learn more about these magnificent animals and the beautiful island of Texel. They also have a nice self service restaurant where you can enjoy some snacks and drinks. I really liked their pea soup!
Ecomare is an ideal place to spend an afternoon for young and old. Don't miss out on this one.

9. Lighthouse Texel

Vuurtorenweg 184, 1795 LN De Cocksdorp, Texel, The Netherlands +31 222 317 741
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4 based on 347 reviews

Lighthouse Texel

Reviewed By patisson - Cambridge, MA

Great views of a dreamy landscape of ocean and dunes extending into the distance at a low cost. Certainly can be windy, but that's part of the fun. Take your camera and go!

10. Texel Brewery

Schilderweg 214, 1792 CK Oudeschild, The Netherlands +31 222 313 229
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4 based on 106 reviews

Texel Brewery

Award winning craft brewery with a simple Terrace outside and tables inside. A nice little tour that offers 4 small tasters at the end. Tours are in Dutch and German, but the staff speak English. Friendly, interesting and very nice beers.

Reviewed By Kate H - The Villages, Florida

We enjoyed the brewery tour although it was conducted in German. Luckily we have been on similar tours so we could figure out what the brewing process was. The beer tasting at the end was great. The outside eating area was nice and we ordered some appetizers to eat with the beer we drank. Too bad they don't export their beer. We couldn't even find it in Den Haag. Fortunately we bought some at the brewery.

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