Texel has a rich and dynamic history. In 1170, the island was flooded by the All Saints Flood. The first traces of humans on the island date back to the Mesolithic Period, 8000-4500 B.C. In 1415, Texel received city rights. Texel reached a pinnacle in the 17th and 18th century when the merchant ships procured supplies for their long journeys in the Reede van Texel. A low was reached in April/May of 1945 during the Georgian uprising; the final battle of W.W. II. A bloody battle was fought between the Germans and an insurrection of Georgian soldiers, while the rest of the Netherlands had already been liberated.
Below you will find more information about the history of Texel.
Texel is different from the other Wadden Islands. The difference originated in one of the last ice ages.
During the War, there were more than 500 bunkers on Texel. While most have been demolished, you can still find bunkers in some places on Texel. Here you
There are more than 300 monuments on the Texel. Many of these monuments are linked to the history of Texel: fishing, shipping and sheep farming. For
The Golden Age also brought wealth and prosperity to Texel. Hundreds of ships embarked on their distant journey near Texel. Read more about it here.
Jutten is het op strand zoeken naar aangespoelde spullen. Vroeger was dit voor Texelaars dé manier om hout te sprokkelen om te gebruiken als brandstof of
The Georgian Uprising on Texel was the last battle of the Second World War. Read more about the uprising that lasted until May 20, 1945 here.
There are lots of Texel traditions on the island. Among them: fishing, the Texel dialect and beachcombing. But also, the folklore festivals of Ouwe
On Texel they are everywhere in the pasture: half sheds. They are built according to an age-old tradition and called sheep barns on Texel. Curious about
Texel has undergone radical changes over the centuries. Read more about the history of the largest Wadden Island here.
Do you already speak a word of 'Tessels'? The Texel dialect has many similarities with West Frisian. Anyone who wants to sound like a real Texel can start
Every year on December 12, the Texel people celebrate. It is then Ouwe Sunderklaas, the island's most popular festival. Will you also experience this
Fort de Schans was built by order of William of Orange. Its history is brought to life during a guided tour of the fort.
Brakestein on Texel used to be called ‘The House by the Well’. In its French style garden were sculptures of Neptune and Ceres.
De Waddeneilanden liggen in de Noordzee ten noorden van Nederland en Duitsland en ten westen van Denemarken. Sommige van de Waddeneilanden zijn bewoond.
You probably thought Amsterdam is the biggest city in the Netherlands, but did you know that it is actually Texel? And did you know that Texel is also the
How do you pronounce the name of our largest Wadden Island? If you visit our island, you will often hear its residents pronounce its name as “Tessel”.