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The sturdy red lighthouse at the island's most northerly tip is the symbol of Texel in many people's eyes.
The lighthouse is open to the public. A magnificent view of the North Sea, the Wadden Sea, the island's northern region and Vlieland, which is very close, await those who are brave enough to attempt the 153 steps up to the gallery, 45 metres above sea level. At night, the light from the Texel lighthouse can be seen as far away as Leeuwarden.
Texel acquired a lighthouse in 1864, following many years of campaigning by Texel civil-law notary Kikkert. The seas around the island were so dangerous that many ships sank before the lighthouse was finally built, as explained in a tiny exhibition in the lighthouse itself. During the Second World War, the lighthouse was the site of a major part of the action of the Georgian Rebellion, or Russian War; in fact, the bullet holes are still visible in the walls of the tower.
Where Vuurtorenweg 184, De Cocksdorp
Open Open all year, but the opening hours change seasonally
Kosten €4,50 p.p. Children 0-3 free