We're sure that you must have been on Texel at some point in your life. But what do you actually know about Texel? The most important interesting facts about Texel follow below.
Texel is the biggest of the Netherlands' Wadden islands and attracts more than one million visitors every year. There's lot to tell you about Texel and you will find hundreds of pages of interesting information on our website. A number of handy interesting facts follow below.
Texel is very easy to get to: it's just 60 minutes from Amsterdam and 20 minutes on the ferry
Number of residents: 13,547 (January 2019)
City rights: since 1415
Number of sheep: about 14,000
Number of lambs in the spring: about 22,000
Surface area of the municipality of Texel: 58,041 hectares
Land surface area: 16,000 hectares
Texel's length: 25 km
Texel's width: 8 km
Cycle path network: 140 km
Footpath network: 225 km outside the nesting season and 140 km in the nesting season.
Length of the beach: 30 km
Surface area covered by nature reserves: 5,300 hectares (the National Park covers about 4,200 hectares. Beyond this park, the national forest service in the Netherlands (Staatsbosbeheer) and the Society for the Preservation of Nature in the Netherlands (Natuurmonumenten) manage other nature reserves too)
Number of villages: 7
Number of museums: 8
Lighthouse: 118 steps
Texel airport: since 1937.2 (grass) runways: runway 04-22 approximately 1,115 m and runway 13-31 of 630 m
A whole range of different types of accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, holiday homes, group homes, apartments, villas, country houses, (farm) campsites, chalets, fully-furnished tents and yurts (Mongolian nomad tents).
Economy (2019), people in employment
Agriculture and fishing: 773
Industry and the construction industry: 772
Lodging, meals and drinks: 1,817
Culture, sports and recreation: 334
Other services: 145
Total number of visitors 2020: 667,560 (based on TESO transport figures)
Total number of day visitors 2020: 178,930 (based on TESO transport figures)
Gross domestic product for Texel: tourism / hoceca 350, retail 255, fishing 19, agriculture 49, miscellaneous 44 and total: 717 (2020)
Repeat visits 82% (Texel Monitor 2020)
The most important reasons for visiting the island: beach visit, walking, cycling, nature, viewing villages, peace, space, relaxing (Texel Monitor 2020)
Origin: 73% from the Netherlands, 25% from Germany, 1,5% from Belgium and 0,59% from elsewhere
Average tourist age: 50
Group size (tourist): 2.86 (of all bookings 2020)
Education (tourist): 23% MBO (senior secondary vocational education), 54% HBO (Bachelor degree education)/VWO (pre-university education)
On Texel you will find museums, nature, cozy restaurants, attractions, beach, sea and no fewer than 7 charming villages. The largest city in the
Texel has a rich history. The first traces of humans on the island date back to 8000 B.C. The All Saints' Flood made it an island.