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Texel is the largest of the Wadden islands in the Netherlands. Because Mirjam was born here and her parents still live in Den Burg, we visit the island quite frequently. Most of the pictures on this page were taken on one of these visits, in 2000, when we stayed here for a week.

Our first day we walked through the dune area and along the beach from De Koog to the lighthouse and from here along the dike to De Cocksdorp. The second day it was raining, so we completed our Rondje Texel by car.


In the dune area you will discover there are some dunes that are a lot higher than the others surrounding it.

From these high dunes you have a splendid view over the dunes and the sea. From these high dunes you can also have a look at the inner island. You might see some people parachuting, there is a training facility at the airport.


When you walk along the sea, you have a chance of seeing a real shipwrecker looking for stuff washed up ashore. However, this one isn't "real", it's Mirjam's father.

Map of Texel

The little white church of Den Hoorn appears quite a lot on photographs. This one isn't very good, mostly because of the weather.

Den Hoorn

In dunes North of De Koog we encountered this pheasant. It waited long enough for us to make this picture, then it flew away making strange noises.



The Slufter is a breach in the dunes, where the sea stretches into the land. Twice a day the sea floods parts of the Slufter, in stormy weather the Slufter can be flooded completely. The nature here is completely adapted to all this salt water. The plants that live here, like Lamsoor, survive only because of the salt. The Slufter is also a paradise for birds (and birdwatchers). And with a new row of dunes, also the people on the island are save. 


At the most northern end of Texel is a light tower. Although ships mainly navigate on radar and GPS, the light tower is still a beacon. At least for tourists, who need a purpose for their cycling trip. 

Another picture of the lighthouse


No site about Texel is complete without a picture of sheep. There are even more sheep on Texel than tourists.

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