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Open Monumentendag/Heritage Day is held on 14 September throughout the Netherlands. On Texel, you can visit twenty historic buildings free of charge on Heritage Day.
This cottage, which was home to whalers for some 60 years in the 18th century, is special because it was restored in 1962 and again in 2016 and is still used as a home.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Herenstraat 49 Den Hoorn
Take a look inside Den Hoorn’s tiny church; it also features a very special church bell.
10 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - Kerkstraat 5 Den Hoorn
The decoy will be opened specially for a public viewing of the only pipe which still has its original traditional Texel structure.
12.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. - Zuidhaffel 10 Den Burg
Forest ranger Erik van der Spek will take you on a guided walk through the tuunwallen (field boundaries) landscape and tell you all about the special area around the Hoge Berg.
11 a.m. - There are only places for 20 people. Please put reserve a place at Ecomare.
Here, you can study the unusual treasures divers have discovered in ships that sank in the Texel Roadstead; in the grounds of the museum, you can take part in all sorts of activities, including learning how to make a skipping rope.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Heemskerckstraat 9 1792 AA Oudeschild
This country mansion still features all the “mod cons” installed by its owner – in 1787.
10 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. - Skillepaadje 18 Oudeschild
There are no parking facilities at this location, so please come on foot or by bike.
In the 18th century, this garden was an attraction, famous for its fruit and vegetables. Its original design is still visible today.
Guided tours leave every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. - Skillepaadje 18 Oudeschild
Watch how they make cheese in the dairy and visit the farm shop, the living room, the opkamer (half-storey room) with its bedstede (closet bed) and the cellar of this historic stolp farmhouse.
11.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. - Westergeest 4 Den Burg
A visit to this barn will reveal life as it was for a farmer’s family; come and listen to the unique stories from different eras in this building’s past.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Lage Achterom, behind Herenstraat 47 Den Hoorn
View this authentic Texel farm, built in 1837; it has been said that it once housed a pub for sailors and other people from the ships in the Texel Roadstead.
11 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. - De Ruyterstraat 130 Oudeschild
This farmhouse has not been used for agricultural purposes since 1962, when the building was restored with lots of care, attention to detail and love; it is now used as a home.
1.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Hallerweg 55 Den Burg
Visit this fort which was built by William of Orange in 1572. Later, in Napoleon’s time, it served as a temporary home for French soldiers, their families and their pets.
A custodian from Museum Kaap Skil will lead guided tours around; the tours start at the fort at 10.30 a.m. and (if enough there is enough interest) at 11.30 a.m. Both groups are limited to 25 visitors. Places cannot be reserved in advance.
Schansweg, near Oudeschild
There have been plans to restore this building since 2014; there will be talks on how restoration work can be done on the building without damaging its historic value.
10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. - Den Burg
Visit a house that was sold to a civil-law notary in the 19th century, who converted it into a residential building with an urban garden.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Weverstraat 99 Den Burg
This museum and the two traditional stolp farms are typical of past farming life on Texel. They are partly made from wood from shipwrecked sailing ships.
10 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. - Hogereind 6 De Waal
This museum, listed in the national historic buildings register, was built as a guest house in 1599; since its restoration, it has housed the showpieces from Texel’s heritage.
11.00 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Kogerstraat 1 Den Burg
This unexceptional door hides a former Baptist schuilkerk, a clandestine church, and its charming garden; now listed on the national historic buildings register, this church was used for religious activities until 1969.
10 a.m. - 17.00 p.m. - Diek 11a 5 Den Hoorn
The restoration work on the church and the organ will be explained during the guided tour. Tours start every 30 minutes.
10.30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Kerkelijk centrum De Parel, Oesterstraat 11 Oosterend
Watch the millers at work and learn all about this ancient technology. The sails will be turning and there’ll be pancakes made with freshly milled flour.
10 a.m - 4 p.m. Visit via Museum Kaap Skil, Heemskerckstraat 9 Oudeschild
To round off the day, Maarten van Rossem, the Dutch historian, TV personality and ambassador for the Dutch Cultural Landscape Organization (Vereniging Nederlands Cultuurlandschap) will make a special announcement concerning Texel’s landscape.
There are not many parking facilities in the area around the Hoge Berg, so please come on foot or by bike.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Boerderij De Waddel Westergeest 4 Den Burg
Please visit the Open Monumentendag website to see the complete programme for Open Monumentendag/Heritage Day.