De Waal is by far the smallest village of the island, more or less existing of one street and with less than 100 houses. This street ‘Hogereind’ is lined with charming old houses, lot of them were former ‘stolp’ farmhouses, reminding the agriculture past of the village.
This road - what a pity of all these modern cars - leads to the church of De Waal. Originally a tuff church, but replaced by a brick one, which was completely destroyed in World War II. The present church was built in 1952 and became its tower about ten years later with a typical saddle roof. The organ in the church was part of the Dutch entry for the Expo in Brussel in 1958 (ask the Tourist Information Centre about organ concerts).
De Waal was built on the boulder of a clay emergence and just behind the church the difference in height between the village and the surrounding polder is clearly visible. Here is also one of the oldest roads of Texel: ‘De Bomendiek’, most probably a former dam.
Although quite small De Waal has a museum: Cultural History Museum of Texel. See for opening hours and admission fees: http://www.cultuurmuseumtexel.nl/informatie.htm
is all about preserving the wide area around
Texel and taking care of sick animals likes seals and all kinds of seabirds. After their recovery the animals are brought back in their natural habitat.
In Ecomare you can see how they do that. Next tothat there are several displays on humans and environment, which are real eyeopeners to the visiting people.
Open daily from 9.00 hrs-17.00 hrs.
Closed on Newyearsday and Christmas.
Adults € 7.00
Children 4 to 13 yrs. € 3.50
Children up to 3 yrs. F.o.C.
Don't forget to look at the Ecomare travelogue.
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.
De Cocksdorp is not only the most northern village of Texel, it is also the youngest village of the island founded in 1835, situated nearby a small harbour where the Roggesloot flowed into the sea. Originally the village was located on the island of Eierland, which was connected by a dike with the island of Texel.
De Cocksdorp does have a Reformed Church dating back to 1841 with a nice carved pulpit (open for visitors from mid May until mid September open on Monday 1.30-4.30pm, Tuesday until Thursday 10.30am - 4.30pm).
The village is located close to dunes and beaches and therefore an important touristic destination. The beautiful red coloured lighthouse of Texel lies just north of De Cocksdorp. The airport of Texel - south of the village in the polder Eijerland - has also an Aviation Museum.
Nearby the airport is an Art Gallery with a ‘Moai Statue’ in front of the old school building. Some brochures/people tell that it is an original statue from Easter Island, but having visited Easter Island by myself I don’t believe this story. It still remains interesting to take a look.
During spring De Cocksdorp is surrounded by flowering bulb fields.
A nice museum in Oudeschild is the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum. In this museum you will find many things about the sea, ships, water and an entire hall full of things found on the Texel beach.
Although beachcombing is forbidden, everything on the beach should be reported to the major of Texel, there are many islanders doing it.
The museum is housed in some historic buildings, like a windmill, a lifeboathouse and more...
entrance fee: €4,10
opening hours: 10:00-17:00
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.
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.
But Ecomare is more than the seals. In the main hall we took our time to view, hear and feel the extensive exposition about the history of the island of Texel. There is also a slide show about the flora and fauna of Texel. Last but not least we visited the underground Waterhall which we liked a lot.
Right here we were able to see the seals from below through the water. Besides that you're able to experience life below sea level together with the rays, less spotted dogfish and anemones.
The island of Texel seems to be made for bike trips (as many parts of the Netherlands). It is as flat as a pancake, although there are some ‘hilly’ parts with the dunes and an area called ‘De Hooge Berg’ (the High Mountain) southeast of Den Burg. Texel has more than 135 km’s bike paths and many of the country roads are very quiet and another option for a bike trip. The whole island isn’t too big and you always find a café for a rest and a drink.
We made a lovely trip with Den Burg as a starting point and heading to the small village of Den Hoorn through polder scenery with typical 'stolp' farmhouses and with lots and lots of crocus flowers along the road. Den Hoorn is ‘famous’ for its white church, dating back to 1425 (open in summer on Thursdays from 2.00 to 4.00 pm). After visiting the viewing point on top of Loodmansduin - with great views of the dunes and the polders - we biked through the dunes and the pine forests of ‘De Dennen’ to the beach at ‘Westerslag’.
Along dune valleys, heathland and meadows we reached our last (coffee)stop in the village of De Koog, before going back to our hotel in Den Burg.
This bike trip was about 30 km’s long and we made it in an easy pace in an afternoon, exploring both parts of Texel: the dunes and the polders. Visit the Tourist Information Centre and asked for cycling routes on the island or just buy a map and make your own choice.
You can bring your own bike or just rent one at your accommodation or in one of the many bike rental shops on the island. Also possible as a daytrip from the mainland: just park your car in Den Helder, take the ferry, rent a bike at the ferry harbour and enjoy the special feeling of being on the island of Texel.
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!
By bike we drove through the dunes with its sheep. Finally we ended up near post 28 and entered the beach. We liked visiting the beach area and enjoyed the beautiful weather conditions.
At first Iris was a bit scared of the tidal waves, but enjoyed the beach after she was used to the noise it produces. We strolled over the beach, made some sand castles and a great time!
Live animals, especially the seals, are an important attraction for the centre. Seals have been cared for on Texel since 1951. In the beginning all the caught animals were kept at the former Texels Museum. Returning them to the sea was irresponsible since seals were been actively hunbted. However nowadays Ecomare caretakers return some 15 to 20 seals yearly into the Waddenzee (Wadden Sea).
It was definately great to see the seals being fed. This happens at 11:00h and 15:00h. It was agreat show with lots of splashing water, crying seals and huge birds which stole the food ment for the seals.
You can go there and just watch, make a SO CALLED TANDEM JUMP or HAVE A BIRD'S EYE VIEW (opportunities to fly....) or....you can book a course!
This is what I myself did: I booked a TOTAL JUMP EXPERIENCE COURSE of 1 week and I can tell you that it was FANTASTIC and that I can recommend it to all of you.
Fear of hights?? That is of no importance here, you can jump from the plane. Fear of hights is a different things that you only have when standing on a high or very high building or tower....
So....follow my EXAMPLE and get the best of SKYDIVING at TEXEL'S PARACENTRUM....
SEE MY PHOTOS IN THE 1ST TRAVELOGUE!
You are very welcome at this MUSEUM and I am sure you will enjoy it.
There are guided tours (1 hr.) through the museum and it would be wise to make reservations for this guided tour, moreover, you then have the chance to choose one of the subjects:
b. the REVOLT of the GEORGIAN TROUPS with a visit of a GERMAN BUNKER, which is situated some 100 meters away from the Museum.
I myself chose the last subject and I was impressed by what I heard.
Afterwards I drove to the CEMETARY of those brave GEORGIAN TROUPS near OUDESCHILD: always impressive and very sad....they lost their lives ..... and we should always remember them....never forget what happened here in the North of The Netherlands during the SECOND WORLD WAR 1940 - 1945.
INDOOR KARTING Texel: a pleasure for those who love SPEED.
Safety first is the rule here, so you will be safe unless you do crazy things, which would be unwise!
Open: daily from 11AM - 11PM
Younger than 8 ?? Than you are not allowed to "play" here.....
DIGITAL LAP TIMEKEEPING
PITLANE BAR with a view over the circuit
also opportunity to play SQUASH ....
A FINE PLACE FOR A RAINY DAY....