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Old May 4th, 2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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Texel island, The Netherlands

The largest Dutch island, apart from those connected to the mainland with dams and bridges, is Texel. It is in the province of North-Holland, altough this region is called "West-Friesland" (Western-Frisia) and the dialect of Texel is related to the Frisian language. Texel has 14.000 inhabitants and is famous for its sheep and the beers of "Texelse brouwerij" (Texel brewery). The island is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

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A modern ferry connects the mainland town Den Helder with the southern point of Texel, 't Horntje. A ferry trip takes only twenty minutes and boats leave every hour.

In this thread I will show you picture of:

- Den Hoorn
- Hoge Berg reservate
- Oudeschild
- Eastcoast
- Oosterend
- The Slufter
- Den Burg

Of course, Texel has much more to offer. The dunes and woods in the west, the beaches, the lighttower in the north... If you are interested, consider a trip to Texel, so that you can check out all this yourself
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Old May 4th, 2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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Close to the ferry terminal a dune reservate is home of a colony of spoonbills and other peculiar birds. The landscapes are not bad.

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The little village of Den Hoorn is very charming. The white and yellow-bricked houses with their wooden gables are quite typical for Texel. Den Hoorn is known for its white church, that can be seen from the sea and therefore used to be a beacon for ships.

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Next: the Hoge Berg reservate.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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The Oude land van Texel (old land of Texel) is hilly, which is rare in the Netherlands. This landscapes look a little "English", with the sheep everywhere and the walls between the crofts. Those walls are called tuunwallen in the local dialect.

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The sheds in the fields are called sképeboete, "sheep sheds", altough they are not used for sheep but for tools and hay. They are constructed following aerdynamics: the lower, sloping side is built to the west, the higher, steep side is built on the east. Winds usually come from the west

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The Hoge Berg (litt. "High Mountain") is only 15 meters high but offers amazing views over the island and its surroundings.

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Den Burg:

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Den Helder (mainland):

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Oostkust:

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This narrow path leads to the island's brewery. This Texelse brouwerij is well-known for its special topfermenting beers such as Skuumkoppe, a Dutch dunkelweizen. Its beer is sold all over the island and more and more on the mainland. You may also find it in Amsterdam.

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The Sandershuus (dialect: Sander's house) is a typical farmhouse, with its pyramide-shaped roof ("stolp").

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More hills and tuunwallen...

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Next: Oudeschild!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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This Skillepaadje, "little Skil path", leads tot Oudeschild, Skil in the local dialect. Oudeschild is the harbour town of Texel, altough its only a village and not even inhabited by fishermen - the island's fisherman live in the more inland village Oosterend. Their ships are in the harbour of Oudeschild.

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The charming Zeemanskerkje, "sailor's church", became used by important admirals in the Dutch Golden Age, the seventeenth century. Michiel de Ruyter - the one that defeated the English army - was a visitor of it and donated beautiful chandeliers to the church, which still can be seen in the interior.

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The village itself is very charming.

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The dike. As everywhere in Holland, dikes are needed to protect the lowlands from the sea.

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The harbour.

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The old ferry house. Until the 1960's, the ferries to Den Helder left here, but eventually the harbour of Oudeschild was considered to narrow and not equipped for the increasing car traffic, so a new ferry harbour came ready in the south ('t Horntje).

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So, we leave the harbour and Skil, heading for Oosterend...

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The eastcoast of Texel is unspoilt, since there are no broad sand beaches as there are on the west coast, and the sea is not deep enough to swim - tourist usually don't come here. Still, the Wadden Sea is quite an attraction for ecologists and ornithologists, and the water is very clear. Islanders come here to fish for prowns and cockles - they are delicious.

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Behind the dike there are polders. The village of Oosterend can already be seen.

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Oosterend, or Strend in dialect, is the fishermen's town. The houses are small, the streets narrow - charming it is.

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The reformed church (Gereformeerd). Oosterend has four different protestant churches and one catholic, the village being polarized by religious debate about rather irrelevant issues (did the snake really speak?), proud and family loyalty. Sometimes Oosterend is referred as "the Jeruzalem of the North", sneering.

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The Dutch-reformed church (Hervormd, the least radical protestant church). The building is much older than 1724; the oldest remnants date back to the 12th century. The tower used to be a beacon for the ships on the Wadden Sea.

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The narrow Blazerstraat.

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"Strender nieuws" (news from Oosterend). This village is genuine

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Let's look for the other churches in little Jeruzalem.

Catholic:

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Menist (Doopsgezind):

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Reformed Congregation (Gereformeerde Gemeente):

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The "Slufter" is a wide dune valley in the national park Duinen van Texel (Dunes of Texel).

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The lighttower further north.

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The hole. The Slufter has an open connection to the North Sea. Salt water streams into the vally two times a day (high tide) and in autumn, the whole valley may be under water!

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Due to the open connection to the sea, the Slufter's vegetation is unique. The salted soil is attractive for rather rare plants such as pickleweed and sea-lavender and the valley is visted by spoonbills, eiders, oystercatchers, cormorants and of course lots of seagulls.

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Next: Den Burg.
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Den Burg is the capital of Texel. With only 7000 inhabitants it is not really a metropolis, but the village has some "cityness", especially in summer when it is frequented by the islands's tourists and streetlife is busy. In the war, Den Burg was hit by German bombs, but around 60% of the historic centre is preserved and actually quite interesting. In the 17th century Den Burg was a important regional centre and home of powerful shipowners, politicians and admirals.

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The menist church.

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Tourists...

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A courtyard in the Weverstraat.

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The Ladies Dijt's mansion.

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The tower of the catholic church.

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Modern architecture in Den Burg...

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The narrow Kantoorstraat is well-known for its pubs and nightclubs.

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Facades near Groeneplaats (Green Square).

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Behind the Vismarkt (fish market) is the medieval church.

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The town hall is a modern building that in no way fits in the old historic centre.

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This is the end of our trip... Of course, there is more to see, there are more photos to take - but the last boat departs at 21.00!

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The southcoast of Texel.


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Very interesting photos. Texel is a very nice island and your photos show that really well. Thanks for posting them!
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Very nice, amazing photos from that place
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Amazing. Looks a lovely island with beautiful villages and landscapes.

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Never been there. Looks very nice! Nice pictures!
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Looks Amazing
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Pretty much pleasant! Loved the place, is it full of youngsters on summer or just retired people all over the year? Nice shots, Plaas!

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Thanks!

In the summertime the island is a popular place to go out for youngsters and families as well. There are nightclubs, pubs and other exciting things to do, such as skydiving and surfing.
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So it's Netherlands' main summer destination, right? Seems pretty much exciting!

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So it's Netherlands' main summer destination, right? Seems pretty much exciting!
Not really, most people prefer to go to southern Europe.
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I mean, not the most popular summer destination of Dutch people but the most popular summer destination in Netherlands.
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There are more islands and the mainland has beautiful beaches as well, but Texel is indeed a very popular destination. Its connections with the mainland and the Randstad (Amsterdam etc.) are good and there are many things to do, even on a rainy day
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