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Texel Travel Guide: 15 Things You Must Do!

Texel Travel Guide: 15 Things You Must Do!

on Feb. 26, 2018 by

This is my new travel guide for one of the most gorgeous islands in the Netherlands called Texel which is a 1 hour road trip north of Amsterdam and includes activities like skydiving, oyster harvesting, a cheese cafe and a booby trap hotel.

Tips & Advice

I love Texel, Netherlands in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsmy family and the forestry trooper at De Slufter in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsgiant oysters from Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandstrying the beer samplers at Texel Brewery in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlands

Texel is a popular tourist destination in the Netherlands, sadly not many people outside of the Netherlands are familiar or have even heard of this unique island that is why I felt it was time to expose Texel to the rest of the world with this uniquely crafted YouTube video and travel guide loaded with tips and my personal advise.

Places

  • 1. TESO Ferry

    A 20 minute boat ride will take you to the northern Dutch island of Texel. (map)

  • 2. Texel Brewery

    Known for its iconic Dutch beer "Skuumkoppe" which translates to "White Caps" a delicious 6% wheat beer made with fresh filtered dune waters. (map)

  • 3. Texel Skydiving

    Skydiving on Texel is epic! A tandem jump costs 200 euros and a private camera man 100 euros + visit the War Museum of Texel next door. (map)

  • 4. Den Burg

    Biggest village on the island with and cute public square, cozy patios and the largest church on the island. (map)

  • 5. De Koog

    The party town of Texel with many great restaurants like "Eigeweis" try their local lamb stew and the unique ice cream flavours: Duindoorn and Advocaat. (map)

  • 6. Fireworks & Kermis

    Enjoy the annual fireworks spectacle and the local funfair for its Dutch candy shop, Dutch oliebollen and its many attractions. (map)

  • 7. De Slufter

    Gorgeous national park located within the Wadden Sea, an UNESCO world heritage site and part of the largest tidel area in the entire world. (map)

  • 8. Oysters Hunt

    Craving for oysters? Definitely do the oyster hunt for the freshest oysters you will ever eat in your entire life! Do not forget to bring rain boats!

  • 9. Timmer Bakery

    After the salty oysters opt in for something sweet from the bakery, try a Texels Kiekje and the Hongerpunt.

  • 10. Labora Ice Cream Farm

    Unique ice cream farm with the dairy cows literally on-site and milked by a milk-robot, try the unique flavours: Boerenjongens and Kwak.

  • 11. Kaap Skil Museum

    Go back in time to the Dutch Golden Age when the Texel coastline was swarming with thousands of Dutch merchant vessels ready to set sail to the rest of the world.

  • 12. Texel Lighthouse

    Enjoy the incredible views of Texel and the Wadden Sea from the Texel lighthouse on the most northern tip of the island. (map)

  • 13. Cheese Cafe Wezenspijk

    Texel even has its own cheese tasting cafe called Wezenspijk, try the bizarre flavours: Beercheese and Stinging Nettle cheese.

  • 14. Ecomare

    Learn everything about the animals of Texel especially the super cute seals and harbour porpoises.

  • 15. De Kievit Hotel

    For a hilarious accommodation, checkout De Kievit hotel, transformed by owner Dirk into a booby trap hotel where he controls furniture by strings from behind his bar. (map)

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Upon arrival on Texel treat yourself to the most popular local beer on the island; Skuumkoppe. A delicious 6% wheat beer made with fresh filtered dune water, also opt-in for a guided tour through the beer brewery and learn about the local Texel brewering processes.

enjoy the purple sea lavenders at De Slufter Nation Park on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsenjoy the purple sea lavenders at De Slufter Nation Park on Texel

If you are a big nature buff, definitely checkout the gorgeous De Slufter national park which is part of the Wadden Sea, a massive UNESCO world heritage site and the largest tidel area in the world. Make sure to taste a fresh sea lavender leave for its sea salt content.

absolutely gorgeous views of De Slufter National Park on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsa field full of purple sea lavenders on Texel, Netherlands in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsde Slufter National Park on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsthe Texel lighthouse in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsTimmer Bakery on Texel, Tessels Kiekje in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsTessels Kiekje and a Hongerpunt on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsDen Burg's large church in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandscenter public square of Den Burg, Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlands

Texel is primarily known for skydiving and oyster harvesting, these activities are absolutely worth in participating, especially the Texel Skydive, go watch my dedicated YouTube video and complete article on the skydiving experience on Texel. Oyster harvesting must have been my second favorite activity on the island, never in my life have I ever tasted such incredible oysters, the oysters from the Wadden Sea were massive and extremely creamy due to their size.

the Texel oyster hunt was an incredible experience in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsthe Texel oyster hunt was an incredible experience

One important note on oyster harvesting, bring tall rain boats, the blubber will completely ruin your shoes. After those salty oysters, you may be in the mood for something sweet, if that is the case, drop by Bakery Timmer and try a local Tessels Kiekje and Hongerpunt which are Dutch cakes.

giant oysters eaten with bread and champagne in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsmy first fresh giant oyster in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsoyster harvesting guided tour by Martin in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsoyster harvesting on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandscelebrating our mom's birthday at Eigeweis on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsfunfair & fireworks at De Koog in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsDe Koog central square in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsmy brother handling a rifle in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlands

In the evening have dinner in village De Koog, the party town of Texel for its bars and night clubs. Definitely try the lamb stew at restaurant Eigeweis! If you visit Texel during the summer, you can also watch the fireworks show and ride fairs during the summer funfair.

dinner at Restaurant de Worsteltent on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsdinner at Restaurant de Worsteltent on Texel

Other great places are De Worsteltent restaurant for a quality dinner experience and ice cream farm Labora at which you should try the local flavours; Boerenjongens and Kwark. What makes Labora unique is the cows producing the milk literally on-site, go watch the automatic milk-robot at work.

pasta at De Worsteltent on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandstypical Dutch breakfast at De Kievit in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsIcefarm Labora on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsIcefarm Labora on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsDutch Golden Age Museum Kaap Skil in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsKaap Skil Museum on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsTexel northern beach from the lighthouse in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsDe Vismarkt on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlands

Additionally, go back in time to the Dutch Golden Age at museum Kaap Skil to learn everything about the many Dutch merchant vessels laying anchorage at Oudeschild, Texel waiting for the right winds to set sail to the rest of the world. Texel used to be world's largest anchorage spot. Top it off at cheese cafe Wezenspyk and try the local stinging nettle and beer cheeses, you may be pleasantly surprised, bring those cheeses for the roadtrip back.

Cheese Cafe Wezenspyk on Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsCheese Cafe Wezenspyk on Texel

Basically Texel is a small island consisting of 7 villages on the northern tip of the Netherlands. Texel receives 30% more sun compared to any other part of the Netherlands. In conclusion, consider Texel for a day trip or stay the night at the funky booby trap hotel De Kievit for a few laughs. If you like natural beauty, beaches, oysters, getting a bit dirty and local Dutch culture than Texel is for you!

history books at museum Kaap Skil in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsnorthern beach of Texel in Texel, Noord Holland, NetherlandsEcomare seals feeding in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsecomare in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsfamily & beers in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandson the back seat like the good old days in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsdinner at Eigeweis in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlandsstrange streets at Den Burg in Texel, Noord Holland, Netherlands

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