Did you know this about Texel?
Thanks to the Municipality of Texel, TESO ferry service, the Trend Report Tourism, Recreation and Leisure 2006-2007 by NRIT, and "Monitor Texel Visit" Research by VVV Texel itself, a lot of information related to Texel has been collected over the years.
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General information about Texel
- Texel is easily accessible; 60 minutes from Amsterdam and 20 minutes by ferry
- Inhabitants: 13,779 (2010)
- City rights since 1415
- Number of sheep: approx. 9,000
- Number of lambs in spring: approx. 17,000
- Area of the Municipality of Texel: 58,041 ha
- Land area: 16,000 ha
- Length of Texel: 25 km
- Width of Texel: 8 km
- Total length of bicycle tracks: 135 km
- Total length of walking tracks: 225 km in breeding season, 140km outside the breeding season
- Total length of beach: 30 km
- Nature reserve area 5,300 ha (approx. 4,200 ha of National Park and an additional 1,000 ha owned by Dutch nature reserve conservation organization Staatsbosbeheer)
- Towns: 7
- Museums: 6
- Wide variety of different accommodations: hotels, B&B's, holiday homes, camping, chalets, farm camping, yurt stays (Mongolian nomad tents)
Economy (2010 by Statistics Netherlands), working people
- Agriculture and Fisheries: 170
- Industry and Construction: 700
- Commercial services: 3,300
- Non-commercial services: 1,500
In 2009, 3,886,350 overnight stays were recorded. In 2010 a new levy system was put into practice, which has prevented that overnight stays can be established based on the information of the Municipality of Texel.
- Total visitors: 666,504 (overnight, 38.8% of total)
- Total visitors: 178,650 (day, 10.4% of total)
- Total tourist expenses (overnight and day): € 256,236,850 (source: Trend Report Tourism, Leisure 2006 - 2007, Monitor 2006, TESO ferry service and Municipality of Texel
- Average stay on Texel: 6.7 nights (2010), national 3.8 (2009)
- Repeated visits 86%
- Decisive reason to visit: forest/dunes/nature, tranquility, beach, beautiful island, walking and bicycle opportunities, accessibility. Other reasons: fresh air, ambiance, space/freedom, island feeling, location/accommodation, enjoyment/relaxation, diversity/so much on offer.
- Origin: 68% the Netherlands, 27% Germany, 3% Belgium, and 2% other countries.
- Average tourist age: 42.1 years
- Group size (tourist): 2.88
- Education (tourist): 28% Intermediate Vocational Training, 49% Higher Vocational Education/pre-university education.
So much to do on Texel
Many people choose to walk and cycle around the island of Texel. Over 135 kilometers of bicycle tracks and many more kilometers of walking and cycle trails explain it all. Spread out over the island are many cafes and cafe patios for a break and a refreshment.
The beautiful landscape of Texel
Beach, dunes, forest, heathland, polders and the Hoge-Berg area form an ever changing scenery,
Texel's unique natural environment are an important reason for people to visit the island. A third of the island consists of protected yet accessible nature reserves.
A prime example is De Slufter, the only part of the Netherlands where the sea has always penetrated and flooded the land, without the inhibition of dykes or dunes. The result is a spectacular landscape, with salt tolerant plants, such as lambs ear and salicornia, which blossoms in abundance in the summer months.
Texel: a true bird paradise
Texel is a true bird paradise. Over 350 species of birds are seen on the island, which makes it one of the regions in Europe with the highest bird population. Texel has the largest spoonbill colony of the Netherlands, which is mainly put down to the fact that no predators are around to eat the eggs or the chicks. Texel is situated on the migratory range for many birds flying from the far North to the deep South. They stop over on Texel to rest, breed and forage on the bounty of food the divers Texel nature offers.
The formation of Texel
The sloping area of the Hoge Berg area was formed in the Ice Age. Texel is the biggest and oldest of the Wadden Islands, a result of a mountain of glacial till deposited by glaciers in the Ice Age: the Hoge Berg. This glacial drift has established the form of the Dutch coastline. Without the Hoge Berg, the Netherlands would be a lot smaller. The landscape is dotted with typical Texel sheep sheds (schapenboeten) and garden walls (tuinwallen) are partitioning the paddocks.
The museums of Texel
Texel has six museums, with Ecomare being the most popular. The oldest seal sanctuary of Western Europe forms part of this establishment. After summer porpoises are take in too. Additionally there are 2 beachcombing museums (Flora and Kaap Skil).
At the museum Kaap Skil (museum of beachcombers and people of the sea), part of the museum is dedicated to the VOC era. (Dutch East India Company of the 17th Century.) In those days practically all Dutch sailing boats leaving for a long voyage, departed from the Texel road stead, where they waited for a favorable wind. Many things on Texel remind us of that time.
The festivals and events
Texel organizes quite a few entertaining festivals: Texel Culinary, Body & Brain, Broadway Living Room Theater Festival Den Hoorn, to name a few.
The Round Texel Race is the biggest catamaran race in the world, yearly attracting the world's highest skilled yachtsmen. Winner this year was the Australian yachtsman Mitch Boot.
Other popular adventure sports on Texel are skydiving (with the option to do a tandem jump the first time), mountain biking, kite surfing, golf, and horse trekking.
Restaurants, shops and fine foods
Especially the (medieval) main town of Den Burg is ideal for a leisurely shopping experience. All towns offer a good variety of high quality restaurants, with many of them using some of the finest local products. Texel lamb is famous, as are the fresh fish and oysters, sheep milk cheese, and homegrown asparagus and strawberries.
Visitors have always loved going on a boat trip from the fisherman's port of Oudeschild, to watch the seals and catch shrimps on the Wadden Sea. Recently the Wadden Sea was inscribed on the World Heritage List. A great diversity of animals, including seals and birds, live in this unique shallow body of water with tidal flats.