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Texel

Texel

Texel is the largest and most populated ´wadden island´ in the Netherlands with 13.000 inhabitants. It has 24km of beaches and hosts the world's largest catamaran race in June. The municipality covers an area of 463.28 km² (of which 301.32 km² is water) and also includes the uninhabited sand bar of Noorderhaaks. The island of Texel, which received city rights in 1415, is made up of two islands, Texel proper to the south and Eierland to the northwest, which were connected by shoals. In the seventeenth century, the islands were poldered together.

The island forms one municipality that includes the seven villages De Cocksdorp, De Koog, De Waal, Den Burg, Den Hoorn, Oosterend, and Oudeschild, and the small townships of Bargen, De Nes, Dijkmanshuizen, Driehuizen, Harkebuurt, 't Horntje, Midden-Eierland, Molenbuurt, Nieuweschild, Noorderbuurt, Ongeren, Oost, Spang, Spijkdorp, Tienhoven, Westermient, Zevenhuizen, and Zuid-Eierland. Quiet a lot as you can see!

The biggest village is Den Burg and it is the least touristic village of the island, in the middle of the island. Outdoor markets are held each week in the main square.

The smallest is De Waal with only 250 people and the youngest village is De Cocksdorp. The monumental character of De Hoorn is certainly worth a visit.

Oudeschild is the fishing harbour of the island. It is situated at the Wadden Sea dyke. Next to the harbour, the windmill Traanroeier marks the site of the Maritime and Beachcombers Museum, which exhibits an interesting collection of objects found on the beaches of Texel.
In the 17th century, the Dutch VOC-ships sailing from Amsterdam waited for favourable winds at the Reede of Texel. Close to the village is the Hoge Berg (the so-called "High Mountain"), a 15 meters high hill. Near the Hoge Berg is the Russian's cemetery. Here lie the Georgians who died in their uprising in 1945.

Bathing resort De Koog is near the beach, only two narrow lines of dunes separate both. De Koog is the main centre of tourism on the island. It is surrounded by many hotels and campgrounds. The village is located on the North Sea coast of the island. The information centre and museum about the Wadden Sea and Ecomare is located here.

In Texel you can relax in many hotels, bungalows, camping sites and pensions. Enough shops are located on Texel where you can buy everything what you want for your holiday. Texel is known for its wildlife, particularly in winter, when birds of prey and geese take up residence.

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