Texel (The Netherlands)

Texel Travel Guide and Trip Resources


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Dutch holiday island

Texel is the westernmost of the Dutch Wadden Islands
A varied landscapes including dunes and beaches, wetlands and forests
Hiking, cycling, eating and drinking

If you want to holiday where the good people of Amsterdam (and surrounding North Holland province) holiday, you've found your spot: Texel. Texel is one of the Dutch Wadden islands, the order of which the Dutch tediously have to learn in school by the abbreviation TVTAS: Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog. Texel is the first and most westernmost of the set, just a short 3km or 30 minutes ferry off the North Holland coast (Den Helder).

Texel may be home to just under 15,000 people, but in summer months the island fills up with mostly Dutch and also some German tourists. It is not hard to see why they like it here, as the scenery in Texel is remarkably varied for such a small place. From forests to sand dunes and wide beaches, to hills and wetlands (De Slufter), you would really struggle to find a better place for long walks or such quintessentially Dutch activities as biking around the 25km long island. Although note that the weather here gets notoriously windy.

There are 7 interesting villages on the island, of which Den Burg is the largest, De Koog is where you go for nightlife and Den Hoorn is probably the most appealing one overall. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Texel is a region in The Netherlands. It is situated at an altitude of 0ft and the best airport to fly into is AMS (Schiphol, Amsterdam)
  • The main spoken language here is Dutch, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in The Netherlands is the Euro (EUR)

Texel Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
43 43 46 54 61 64 70 70 64 57 50 43

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
2.8 2 2.4 1.4 2 2 2.6 2.8 3.5 3.9 3.7 3.1

More Texel travel resources

Read on at Lonely Planet, Wikitravel or Wiki itself. Although written back in 2008, we liked the breakdown of Life's Little Adventures of Texel.


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