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    Den Hoorn – striking church

    by vtveen Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Den Hoorn is the most southern village of Texel and was built in the 15th century on a boulder clay surface (‘t Klif’). Inhabitants were farmers, cattle breeders and fishermen and later during the days of the Dutch East India Company also ship pilots. In the ‘Herenstraaat’ still are several pilot houses.

    Although Den Hoorn is situated nearby the dunes it is absolutely not touristic and has still its own charm of a little quiet village. The most remarkable sight is the Reformed Church with its striking white tower.
    The church was built in 1425 and became its tower 25 years later. The tower functioned moreover, as a beacon for the shipping traffic. Even nowadays there is signal at the tower of the church. (open for visitors in summer on Thursdays from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.).
    At the back of the church, at the other side of the ‘Kerkstraat’, stands a house called ‘’t Wambus’, in the older days a home for poor people.

    In spring Den Hoorn is surrounded by bulb fields with flowering yellow daffodils. The higher sandy grounds next to the dunes are suitable for this cultivation.
    Outside the village (just follow the ‘Witteweg’ till a car park, where a footpath starts) in the vast dune area is the ‘Loodsmansduin’; this is a kind of lookout with great views of Texel and over the Marsdiep to Den Helder. It has the highest elevation of Texel with a height of 24,3 metres. During World War II the bunker on top of the dune was a Dutch command post of this fortification to defense the marine harbour of Den Helder.

    Den Hoorn - Reformed Church Den Hoorn - Reformed Church with 3 signal lamps Den Hoorn - 't Wambus Den Hoorn - daffodils Den Hoorn - seen from Loodsmansduin

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    Beach - No matter what season.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 22, 2013

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    If you like to stay near stunning coastlines on your camping holidays, the Netherlands is an excellent choice of destination. The country has three seaboards to choose from: the Noordzee, Waddeneilanden and the Waddenzee at the northern part of the country, all with an unstable climate, but a coastline which offers a whole world of possibilities. No matter what season, the diverse landscape of Texel always looks beautiful with its picturesque villages with friendly cafés and restaurants.

    The island also offers lot's of nature, fresh air, space and many opportunities for relaxation. Those taken with the island's charms we probably will come back sometime. After all, you simply cannot grow tired of Texel.

    Iris, Jeroen and Relinde at the beach. Everybody is relaxing on the beach.
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    Ecomare - Learn a whole lot about the nature.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 21, 2013

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    Ecomare is the centre for the Wadden and Noordzee (North Sea) on Texel. The main reason for their excistence is enlarging the public interest for the preservation and recovery of nature and cultural values (landscapes, ecosystem, species) in the wadden region and the North Sea, with an emphasis on Texel.

    Here you can learn a whole lot about the nature on Texel, the tidal fluts, the beach area, the Noordzee and the influence of mankind in this particular region.

    Jeroen, Iris and Relinde at Ecomare. Logo of Ecomare
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    Ecomare - 70 hectare large Dune Park.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 21, 2013

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    Ecomare is the center for Wadden and North Sea on Texel. You can learn about everything related to nature on Texel, the Wadden region and the North Sea, as well as the influence of man in these regions. The visitor center of the National Park 'Dunes of Texel' is also based in Ecomare. The centre is beautifully situated in a 70 hectare large Dune Park. In this Dune Park three walking routes have been set out which are worth a hike.

    But our main reason to visit Ecomare was to see the seals! Of course with two little girls (Iris and Britt) in our group it was a trip we had to make.

    A very old house made of wood at the Dune Park.
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    De Slufter - Part 3.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 21, 2013

    Like I said, it was quite a surprise that we actually hiked our way around in the Slufter, we had no idea. So, this information was given to us afterwards. We learned that in 1855, a new wind-born sand dike was constructed about one and a half kilometers west of the Zanddijk. This dike was named the Lange ('long') Dam. The Lange Dam linked the Slufterbollen (the dunes north of the Muy) with the Eierlandse Dunes. Unfortunately for the Texelaars, this dike did not last for long. In 1858, the Lange Dam was breached in three places. Deep channels formed, flowing into the beach plains lying behind. These channels were named the Large and Small Slufter and the Muy. After a number of attempts, the Large Slufter and the Muy were finally repaired in 1887.

    However, the Small Slufter kept growing and was more difficult to close. There were two repairs made in 1902 and 1910, but new breaches again forced openings. The last attempt to close the Slufter was made in 1925. When this attempt failed, nature conservationists successfully pleaded for truning the Slufter into a nature area.

    A foothpath at De Slufter. Dunes at De Slufter.
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    De Slufter - Watch out for wet feet

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 21, 2013

    We were told that should it storm, watch out for wet feet, since this area is directly connected to the North Sea. During heavy westerly winds and spring tide, the seawater penetrates far into the Slufter. Many unusual plants grow here, plants that tolerate salt water to varying degrees. The Slufter is dissected by a creek system which extends far inland. The Slufter valley turns purple in the summer from the flowering sea lavender and red in the autumn from the aging salicorn.

    Although the largest part of the Slufter is closed to the public, we did not meet much people. This was maybe a bit weird as we were there during a holiday break and the weather was really great. Maybe this means that it is not a truly known area, as we also didn't know about it when we entered it. By the time we left the Slufter via another entrance we also read at information sign that the Slufter is managed as a bird reserve, where you find eiders and sky larks among the nesting birds. The southern section is open to the public and is also accessible to those in wheelchairs.

    A small creek in De Slufter. More dune in De Slufter.
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    De Slufter - The best known nature area on Texel.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 21, 2013

    The best known nature area on Texel is the Slufter, situated between the Muy and the Eierland Dunes. It is a large salt marsh plain lying between two wind-born sand dikes. What makes the Slufter so unusual is its location on the North Sea coast. Salt marshes are generally found along the Wadden Sea shores. At first we had no idea that we were hiking in this particular area, we didn't see any sign about the Slufter and no explanation at all. After a while hiking we read on a (small) sign that we were indeed at the Slufter and from that point on we could truly enjoy its excellent natural beauty.

    We were glad to read the sign, because it had quite some unique information to share, like: The Slufter owes its existence to human hands. Since the 15th century, the area between Texel and Eierland was a shallow channel with elevated sandbanks. Between 1629 and 1630, a dike was constructed across the channel from wind-born sand, tne Zanddijk. After the sea channel was closed off, land on both sides of the dike continued to form.

    Dunes enclosing De Slufter. Overviewing De Slufter.
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    Go for Oudeschild - East-side

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Texel can be so quiet, and so busy at the same time. Enjoy all the sea-views and maybe the Westerly Texel side, facing the North-sea is the most interesting, you could go for Oudeschild on the Easterly side to explore its beauty.

    Here you´ll be watching the Waddenzee sea-side, where still are several historical subjects out of Dutch East Indie Company. And see the lovely houses located lower as the sea-level ...

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    AGRARISCH EN WAGENMUSEUM.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This MUSEUM, LARGE 1300 square meters, is a wonderful one.

    There is a fine collection of CARTS, the blacksmith will be working there and that is very interesting a thing to watch.
    The hammering on the anvil will be deafening and the fire (and irons) will be red-hot.

    A lovely exhibition shows you how people used to live in these regions and there are guided tours for schools / groups.

    At the entrance of the museum you will see OLD CARRIAGES that were once used here in former days such as: a TILBURY, A LANDAU a GLASS COACH and the MAIL COACH.
    The old DOME SHAPED farm is furnished as a farm of times gone by....

    HOW ABOUT A RIDE BY COVERED WAGON??

    A ride over the island of Texel in a covered wagon will take 2 hours. An experienced horseman will go with you and will bring you close to nature: a softly rolling landscape with MANY SURPRISES!

    OPEN: from before EASTER till the end of the Autumn holidays (end of October):

    Monday 13,30PM - 17PM
    Tuesday through Friday 10AM - 5 PM
    Saterday 10AM - 4PM
    Sundays and Public Holidays 14PM - 4 PM

    for reservations call: ++31(0)222 312851 or 320977

    THE SMITHERY DE WAAL TEXEL

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    ECOMARE.......

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    THIS IS A SPECIAL CENTRE FOR THE WADDENISLANDS, THE NORTH SEA AND TEXEL.

    HERE YOU CAN SEE SEALS, safe and sound, playing in the water and believe me, it is such a joy to see these special animals.

    There is also an UNDERWATER HALL and many more attractions for guests of all ages.

    There is also a brand new Centr for the NATIONAL PARK "DUINEN VAN TEXEL" (DUNES OF TEXEL) WHICH YOU CAN VISIT FREE OF CHARGE.

    This ECOMARE is a PARADISE for animals and people!

    ECOMARE DE KOOG TEXEL

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    TEX10 EMMIE WILL TAKE YOU OUT TO THE SEA.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An exciting boat ride of about 2 hours on THE WADDENZEE.

    Because of the fact that the ship have little draught you will be able to go near to the sandbanks where you can watch the seals....sleeping, basking in the sunshine, resting and playing.

    An experienced fisherman will explain everything to you all!

    The shrimps that are caught during your ride are cooked immediately and...you can taste them together afterwards...............so that is great, isn't it?

    DAILY at 10.30AM and 14 PM

    Tourist Office has also info for you....

    RESERVATIONS: do make reservations to avoid disappointments.

    SEALS, MOTHER AND CHILD...TEXEL

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    Ecomare

    by ingridf_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ecomare is a nature-information centre in the middle of a massive dune park. One of the highlights is the seal rehabilitation centre.

    We were fortunate enough to be there during one of the feeding sessions. The attraction of this was not just the eager seals, but was also the insane dive-bombing maneuvers of the seagulls trying to snatch fish away from the seals.

    It also features some really great large tanks with various local fish.

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    Texels beerbrewery

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In an old milk factory between Den Burg and Oudeschild you can taste the beers from Texel. The Texel beerbrewery was founded in 1994. Since then it grew , and nowadays their beer is sold nation wide.

    You can buy Texel beer all over the island, but to taste several and tour the factory you have to go the Proeflokaal (tastechamber) of the factory.

    Beers brewed here are:
    Texels blond, Texels dubbel, Texels wit, Texels amber, Texels triple and more.

    july - august: wednesday, thursday and saturday: 14.00 -18.00.
    Other months: wednesday and saturday 14.00 -18.00.
    Closed in December and January.
    entrance: €5,= (with one free drink)

    Texels beerbrewery
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    Jan Plezier

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In De Koog you can catch a ride with the Jan Plezier . In peak season it leaves everyday from the busstop at de Nikadel in de Koog at 10.00 and 14.00
    The tour will take you across the beach to the Slufter, the entire trip lasts 3 hours.

    Price inclusive a drink and a cookie € 12,00 p.p.
    Discounts for groups.

    You can just turn up at the busstop, but if you want be sure, we didn´t book the entire carriage just call between 19.00 - 23.00
    tel. 0222- 312825

    Jan Plezier, Texel
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    Texel route part I

    by a5floor Written Feb 28, 2010

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    The Texel route is organised by the VVV (tourist information). It is going around the island. You can do this route by car (as I did). It will give you a good look how the island is: landscape, villages, dunes....

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