Texel Tourist Traps

  • The bell tower.
    The bell tower.
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  • One of the oldest houses in Den Burg.
    One of the oldest houses in Den Burg.
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  • Beautiful little house at the centre.
    Beautiful little house at the centre.
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    Den Burg - Foundations of a Romanesque church.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    The old Reformed Church of Den Burg (1400).
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    The visit to the Reformed Church of Den Burg was also worth while. This beautiful church of Den Burg on the Binnenburg was built around 1400 on the boulder foundations of a Romanesque church. During the uprising of the Georgians at the end of the 2nd World War, the church was severely damaged. The building was restored immediately after the war.

    On the Molenstraat we also saw the Roman Catholic Church, which was built in 1863 and is dedicated to John the Baptist. After 1945, two amazing stained glass windows were placed in the church. We were told that both stained glasses have something to do with the Second World War. For instance one glass depicts a ship and we learned that this symbolishes the gratitude for the return of the men from Texel who were taken away during this particular war. We're sorry, but have failed to write doen the meaning of the second stained glass in our Diary of a Madman.

    Anyway ... Den Burg is nice little village to visit, tourist do come to the Monday market, so be aware! But the most fun is to simply hike along the old little houses and for example find hidden between the houses in the Kogerstraat the characteristic conventicle or 'vermaning' of the Mennonite Congregation.

    Address:
    Village of Den Burg.

    Directions:
    Situated at the centre part of the island. It's a 0 km drive from the capital of Texel, Den Burg.

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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling

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    Den Burg - This was mainly a lamb market.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    The cousy little market at Monday morning.

    Tourism and recreation is important for the island of Texel. Estimates say that approximately 70% of all activities on the island are related to tourism. The most important forms of recreation are hiking or biking the Dunes of Texel. Furthermore the market in Den Burg is also very known and has a huge attraction for all tourists visiting the island!

    We visited this market and found out that in the past this was mainly a lamb market. Farmers from all over the island came with carts full of lambs to Den Burg to sell their cattle. These days the cattle dealers go to the farms to buy the cattle there. Selling cattle at the market yourself has become too costly and too time consuming in particular. This is why the current market is a goods market. We liked it anyway, strolling along the little stalls.

    After our visit to the market we had a great cappuchino and cake at the Groenplaats. During our drink we asked about the historical past of the lamb market and we learned that once a year the atmosphere of the former lamb markets can be sampled during the sheep-breeding day on the first Monday in September. The best of the Texel herdbook sheep are then exhibited and breeders from home and abroad crowd around the animals.

    Address:
    Village of Den Burg.

    Directions:
    Situated at the centre part of the island. It's a 0 km drive from the capital of Texel, Den Burg.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling
    • Family Travel

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    Den Burg - The central town of the island.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    One of the oldest houses in Den Burg.
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    Den Burg is the largest and least touristic village of the island of Texel, though it has a historic center, and it is the main town of the municipality. It's located in the middle of the island and right here the local authorities and all kinds of important institutions are established. In the post-war construction plans, the streets were arranged in a ringshape around the city centre and in this area we were able to park our car rather easily and without having to pay a fee!

    In the years before the 2nd World War the houses were built mainly along the existing road, causing ribbon development and is fun to have a look around and notice some of the little 'hofjes' (cozy, little squares). We were able to wonder off in the nice little streets with lots of specialty shops. We also passed one of the oldest houses of Den Burg which accommodates the Collection of Antiquities. We noticed that, due to the damage done during the Second World War, a lot has been changed in the old centre of the village. Such as for instance the entire east side of the central square (Groenplaats) was demolished and a quite modern town hall has been constructed.

    Address:
    Village of Den Burg.

    Directions:
    Situated at the centre part of the island. It's a 0 km drive from the capital of Texel, Den Burg.

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    • Cycling
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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    De Koog - Ideal for many holiday makers.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    The Reformed Church of 1415.

    We went to De Koog after our visit to Ecomare, which is situated immediately south of De Koog. We visited the Reformed Church in the center. Originally it used to be a chapel dating back to 1415. It was probably rebuilt into its current shape in 1719, the date in the wall clamps. Together with the adjoining house, this church forms the last remainder of De Koog from before 1900.

    We also did some shopping in the center of De Koog. Had a great lunch in a pub. We found out that there are a lot of little shops and terraces, which proved that this is a touristic city and makes it ideal for many holiday makers.

    Address:
    Village of De Koog

    Directions:
    Situated at the northern part of the island. It's a 7 km drive from the capital of Texel, Den Burg.

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    • Backpacking
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

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    De Koog - A nice city center to go shopping.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    Beautiful little house at the centre.

    Long before its prime as a seaside resort De Koog knew a prime as a fishing village. The name De Koog is derived from the "cooghen", the name of impolderings at the beginning of the 14th century. De Koog used to be the second largest village after Den Burg in 1514, but because of the silting up of the deeper channels it was no longer a fishing village and the decline of De Koog occured.

    In 1908 the Badhotel was opened in De Koog and the guests would not find more than 11 houses and a church! With the development of tourism the village grew again. The development into a seaside resort has taken place at a rapid rate ever since 1921. These days De Koog is the seaside resort of the island of Texel. In and around the village there is not only enough accomodation, but there is also other provisions for tourists, such as a subtropical swimming paradise, squash courts and a nice city center to go shopping.

    Address:
    Village of De Koog

    Directions:
    Situated at the northern part of the island. It's a 7 km drive from the capital of Texel, Den Burg.

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    • Beaches
    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking

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    De Koog - Popular seaside resorts in our country.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    The beach and sea at De Koog.

    Around 1930 the Chambers of Commerce on Alkmaar wrote:"We have no doubt that within the foreseeable future De Koog will be one of the most popular seaside resorts in our country, because it possesses all factors that might make a seaside resort attractive to strangers."

    This statement will have been made, because De Koog is located almost directly on the seaside and beach, with only 2 lines of dunes seperating it from the beach.

    Address:
    Village of De Koog

    Directions:
    Situated at the northern part of the island. It's a 7 km drive from the capital of Texel, Den Burg.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches

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