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Situated in central Texel is the smallest village on the island: De Waal. A peaceful place with a friendly atmosphere. At Hogereind, there are several beautiful farms and houses that define the street scene.
The fact that De Waal is the smallest village on Texel doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a visit. The village still exudes an atmosphere of days gone by. The special cottages and tranquillity are characteristic of De Waal. The best way to explore De Waal is on foot or by bike. That way, you have lots of time to take in the village’s charm.
In De Waal, you will find Museum Waelstee. This museum was founded by volunteers who wanted to preserve Texel’s agrarian history for future generations. These days, the exhibition focuses on all aspects of island life of about a century ago. At set times, there are demonstrations of old trades.
Want to stay in De Waal? No problem. The village has two hotels. Both form a perfect base for your explorations of Texel. Hotel De Waal also provides cycle hire. Hotel Rebecca is well known for its fabulous cuisine. The brasserie of owner/chef Michel Arends has a Bib Gourmand, a Gault-Millau toque and is listed in the Top 500 of culinary magazine Lekker. Did you know that De Waal was once situated by the sea?
De Waal is founded on boulder clay deposit from the ice age. Before this area was permanently reclaimed, the sea had free rein. Until 1613, the village, which currently has over 400 inhabitants, was situated by the sea. These days, polder Waal en Burg is largely owned by Natuurmonumenten. This organisation buys farmlands to turn them into nature reserves. Many meadow birds visit the area and in the winter, the shallow waters can often be skated on. Walking excursions in the area are possible.
De Waal has a special relationship with Sommeltjes. These gnomes from Texel folklore are said to dance in the moonlight on Sommeltjesberg. This was once a burial mound near De Waal which was later levelled. Next to the church is a statue of the Sommeltjes and Texel’s most famous music festival is named after these creatures: SomPop. It is held in a meadow near the village and offers a stage to both famous and less famous bands.
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