Texel Island in the Netherlands

My wife and I visited the island of Texel in the North of the Netherlands in August 2011. It is the largest of the Wadden Islands and first of a chain of small islands north of the city of Den Helder. Texel is around 25 km long and 9 km wide and a major resting place for birds during the migration season. It also is ideal for cycling and walking.

Where we stayed

We stayed at the Hotel de Strandplevier in De Koog. The hotel is located near the town and a wide range of restaurants. They also hire bicycles at the hotel which is convenient. See my review below:


We had a great time exploring the island by cycling around it and there is plenty to do especially if you like birdlife. Texel also was also the location of one of the last battles in the second world war. There also is a great bus service if you want to travel around the island.

Getting there

We took the train from Amsterdam to Den Helder, then a short bus ride to the ferry which costs 2.50 euros return per person and takes around 20 minutes to get to Texel. From there you can link with a bus to De Koog or the town you are staying and then I would suggest hiring a bike.

What to do on Texel?

If your a birdwatcher this is paradise with a wide variety of birdlife including Avocets, Black-headed Gulls, Black-tailed Godwits, Brent geese, Common Gulls, Cormorants, Herring Gulls, Jackdaws, Pied wagtail Lapwings, Sandwich Terns and Shellducks. Another good place to visit especially if you have kids is Ecomare which is the oldest seal sanctuary in Europe. It also has a range of other wildlife.

Regretfully my camera was rubbish for bird photos, however I did take a few other ones.

A useful resource to find out what to do on Texel is the following website:



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