Texel island: plan your visit!

Looking for a special place for a weekend getaway? Welcome on Texel! You will definitely enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, tranquility and stunning landscapes of this beautiful Dutch island.

Texel Travel Guide 2022

Here we have collected the most useful and up-to-date information for planning your trip to Texel island. You can read the whole article or use these quick links to navigate through the topics:

Last updated on: 16 November 2022

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Texel island sheep
Texel is one of the Dutch Wadden Islands, off the coast of the Netherlands. If you feel like having a nature vacation, or Easter weekend, enjoying broad white beaches and exploring small villages, Texel is a perfect place for you to visit.

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Photo: the National Park Dunes of Texel

When you arrive to Texel, an island in the West Frisian Islands region of the Netherlands, you immediately feel the pleasures of life on an island. No hurry, no rush, no traffic jams, no noise or disturbance. Just you, your companion and pure nature – all you need to have an unforgettable holiday, right?

Texel island, the North Sea beachPhoto: the North Sea beach

Things to do on Texel
Rent a bike and explore the beautiful island

Enjoy looking at its endless fields, meditative sheep and the dune landscape. Drop by a farm for a cup of coffee and home-made ice-cream. You can find free biking routes on Texel here >>

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Take a parachute jumping course

Or see Texel from the air during the helicopter tour. Find out more about Paracentrum Texel, sightseeing flights and parachuting.

Paracentum Texel, things to do on Texel

Parachute jumping Texel, things to do on Texel

Visit the Wadden Sea beach

Enjoy its calm and relaxing atmosphere!

Thing to do on Texel

Waddenzee Texel, things to do on Texel

Climb the Texel lighthouse in the north of the island

The Texel lighthouse

Photo: The Texel lighthouse. More information >>

Visit an authentic Dutch fisherman’s village Oosterend

This is probably my favourite place on Texel!

Oosterend village, Texel island, the Netherlands

Oosterend village, Texel, the Netherlands, things to do on Texel

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Oosterend village, Texel, the Netherlands, things to do on Texel

Visit the Georgian cemetery

Did you know that the last battle of World War II was fought on Texel? On May 20, 1945 the Georgian battalion, which initially served the Germans, revolted. Over 500 Georgian soldiers were killed in this battle. A Georgian cemetery (Loladze cemetery) was established for them in 1945. Now it’s freely accessible to the public from sunrise to sunset.

Address: De Hoge Berg, 1791 LG Den Burg.

Here you can find more background information about the Georgian uprising. Do you want to know more about this uprising? Then pay a visit to the War and Aviation Museum on Texel.

Texel aviation and war museum

The museum focuses both on the aviation and Texel’s World War II experience. The exhibition covering 1940-1945 is particularly impressive.

It’s a small and – I would say – cosy museum. We had a very warm welcome.

Address: Postweg 126, 1795 JS De Cocksdorp.

Update: museum is temporary closed. It will re-open on Monday April 3, 2023.

Ecomare centre for nature and marine life

Sea aquarium, ceal sanctuary nature museum – Ecomare has a lot to offer! You can spend a fun day out with the whole family. Ticket prices in 2022 – € 14,50 for adults, € 10,50 for kids. You can see the permanent exchibition and and watch the seals feedings.

Address: Ruijslaan 92, 1796 AZ De Koog, Texel.

Ecomare, Texel

Enjoy the wild nature at the National Park Dunes of Texel

Texel island things to doPhoto: the National Park Dunes of Texel

Watch the sunset on the North Sea beach

Find the place where the final scene of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” movie was filmed.

More?

Check the VVV Texel What’s on agenda and join the events that will take place during your stay on Texel!

Wadden Sea, Texel island, the Netherlands, things to doPhoto: the Wadden Sea beach

How to get to Texel?
From Amsterdam to Texel by car

Drive to Den Helder port (navigation address: Havenplein 3, 1781 AB Den Helder). Depending on the route you choose you might possibly need to take GVB ferry boat on the way.

In Den Helder port take TESO ferry boat (prices in 2022: € 25 for a car on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and € 37 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays) that will take you directly to Texel. Buying ticket online will save you lots of time, especially during weekends.

TESO boat ticket Den Helder - Texel

Every ferry ticket is two-way, you don’t have to buy or present your ticket on the way back.

Texel ferryPhoto: TESO ferry boat Den Helder – Texel island

Get more details how to get to Texel by car >>

How to get to Texel by car

Parking on Texel

From 1 January 2017 parking in all villages and at all entrances to the beach at Texel is paid. Paid parking applies from Monday through Sunday from 08:00 till 20:00.

We advise you to buy the Texel e-vignette online. In 2022 it costs €10 per day, €20 per week or €30 per year. The card for one week is valid for 8 days. The Texel annual e-vignette is valid for 365 days. You can buy the Texel e-vignette online or at the parking ticket machine.

You can also pay per hour (€ 2,50 in 2022) at the parking meter with your bank card (paying with coins is not possible).

Please note that at some locations in the village centres a 2-hour maximum parking time applies. Here you have to use the blue parking disc.

Texel island parking

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From Amsterdam to Texel by public transport

Take a train to Den Helder station. At the station take a bus 28 in the direction of the port. In port your bus will take the same boat as the cars. Return ferry ticket for passengers in 2022 cost € 2,50 per person. Children younger than 4 years of age travel for free.

Texel hopper, Texel by public transport

When you arrive on Texel, you can take Texelhopper, a small 8-person bus (€ 3 per ride, € 7,50 per day, requires booking at least one hour in advance) that can take you to your camping or hotel.

Texel hopper, Texel by public transport

Alternatively, you can continue your journey by regular bus number 28 and it will take you to Den Burg (the capital of Texel) or to De Koog (town near the North Sea).

This is how it works:

Travel time from Amsterdam to Texel by public transport is around two hours.

Nature holiday on Texel, the Netherlands

Where to stay on Texel island?

Texel offers its guests a full variety of accommodations, from camping and bungalow parks to four-star hotels. You can always book a place to stay on Texel that suits you best. You can choose to stay in De Cocksdorp, a place near the famous Texel’s Eierland Lighthouse on the North of the island.

If you feel like having a beach vacation, check De Koog which is close to the North Sea and the beautiful nature area. Staying in the capital, Den Burg will let you enjoy the variety of restaurants and shops.

How to find the best accommodation on Texel? Tips:

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Strandhotel Noordzee Photo: Strandhotel Noordzee on the North Sea beach



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Campings on Texel

Waking up in the middle of the nature – sounds great, doesn’t it? On Texel you can choose from 90+ campings. Camp sites in the dunes, in the woods, on a farm or next to a village. You can stay in a camping with your own caravan or rent a luxurous chalet.

Rent a camper/ motorhome for your trip to Texel >>

Camping on Texel

Photo: Campsite Kogerstrand in the middle of the Texel dunes, near the North Sea beach

Find and book your camping on Texel >>

We rented a comfortable chalet in Texelcamping Loodsmansduin and were happy with our choice.

Our chalet on Texel, hotels at Texel, the NetherlandsPhoto: chalet in Texelcamping Loodsmansduin

Texel with kids

Texel island is very comfortable for travelling with children. You’ll find lots of kids facilities – playgrounds, petting farms, ice cream farms. All kids attractions that we’ve visited looked very well-maintained and made with love. Here are a few places we would recommend:

Piratenschip playground in Ouderschild

In the harbor of Oudeschild you will find a spectacular 35 meters long pirate ship and a small copy of the TESO ferry boat.

Piratenschip playground in Ouderschild, Texel for kids

There is also a water playground with all kinds of mechanisms and water and sand from the Wadden Sea. Fun for small and bigger children!

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Address: Haven 21, 1792 AE, Ouderschild

For some reason Google is showing that the playground is permanently closed. But during our visit in October 2022 both playgrounds at the harbor of Oudeschild were perfectly open. Entrance is free.

Catharinahoeve pancakes restaurant

There are also several playgrounds at the Catharinahoeve pancakes restaurant. The restaurant itself is very cosy and pancakes are also good!

Catharinahoeve pancakes restaurant, playground, Texel for children

Address: Rozendijk 17, 1791 PC Den Burg

Ice cream farm Labora

At the ice cream farm Labora you can taste different kind of the local ice cream, see the cows, buy come fresh milk. And enjoy a huge outside playing area! These are no sitting spots inside the shop, so it’s better to visit the Labora farm when the weather is nice.

Address: Hollandseweg 2, 1795 LE De Cocksdorp

Cycling on Texel

Texel is a truly cycling island. It has more than 140 kilometres of cycle paths, with great routes along the dunes, forests, polders and beaches. Rent a bike – and you’ll see the hidden gems that you would have never reached by car. Here is everything you need to know about renting a bike and cycling on Texel.

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Weather on Texel

Here you can see the weather forecast on Texel for the coming six days:

Enjoy your visit to Texel!

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