Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Texel

Texel Dunes National Park

The patchwork of dune-scape running along the western coast of the island is a prime reason for visiting Texel. Salt fens and heath alternate with velvety, grass-covered dunes; plants endemic to the habitat include …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Texel

Ecomare

Initially created as a refuge for sick seals retrieved from the Waddenzee, Ecomare has expanded into an impressive nature centre devoted to the preservation and understanding of Texel's wildlife. It has displays on …
Top Choice Museum in Texel

Kaap Skil Museum Van Jutters & Zeelui

A stunning new slatted-timber-encased reception building made from recycled materials frames the superb Maritime and Beachcombers Museum. Its extraordinary variety of flotsam and jetsam recovered from sunken ships a…
Top Choice Bistro in Texel

Freya

This petite, welcoming restaurant serves a daily changing set menu (à la carte) of contemporary Dutch cuisine along the lines of smoked duck breast with asparagus, herb-crusted Texel lamb with oven-baked potatoes, a…
Ice Cream in Texel

IJsboerderij Labora

At this working dairy farm, you can see the cows being milked (by robots) to make Labora's luscious ice cream. Each day there are 18 flavours, such as strawberry, made with strawberries grown on the farm, served in …
Food in Texel

De Texelse Chocolaterie

The heavenly aroma here of melting chocolate made from fresh Texel milk will make you go weak at the knees. Its exquisite pralines and bonbons are laid out like jewels, and come in shapes such as the island's outlin…
Brewery in Texel

Texelse Bierbrouwerij

See how beer is made at the island's brewery, housed in a former dairy, on an informative 45-minute guided tour (in English and Dutch). Tour prices include four tastings; you can drop in for a drink on the terrace o…
Farm in Texel

Kaasboerderijk Wezenspyk

This small dairy between Den Hoorn and Den Burg is a terrific place to taste and buy rounds produced from the local cows, sheep and goats. A glass viewing window lets you see the cheese being churned. You can just p…
Winery in Texel

De Kroon van Texel

Wineries across the Netherlands are few, so it's especially worth dropping in to De Kroon, a small but international medal-winning estate. One-hour tours take you through the vines and end with three tastings, or yo…
Dutch in Texel

Het Kompas

Behind a dark blueberry-coloured exterior, Het Kompas serves excellent – if pricey – modern Dutch dishes and really comes into its own as a whisky bar. There are more than 3000 different varieties; it also organises…