'Those who do not adapt end up frozen in ankle height waters.'
An old Frisian proverb that goes something like this is pretty popular around Frisian Seas, and has duly been adopted after adaptations all over the world. Texel, in that sense, is one place where you can actually see how important adaptation is in order to survive in the harshest of winters, so that you can live on to see warm, fuzzy summers.
Located deep into Frisian Sea waters, Texel is often called as the Jewel of Frisian, mostly because of its unique landscape and an ability to attract all sorts of life from around the world. Administratively speaking, Texel is a part of North Holland territory in Netherlands, with its own local body government and residents council. It reserves one seat in the national elections of Netherlands, making it one of the few islands to have this distinction.
Throughout the ages, Texel has seen a number of ups and downs in terms of its status and sovereignty. Like many other island territories, Texel has always been under the clouds of residential insurgencies and overseas influence, a tug of war that often leads to disastrous results. Being a veteran battleground where the likes of Napoleon have fought, Texel is today best known to the outside world as an island that takes no prisoners in allowing the tourists to enjoy its natural beauty at the fullest.
If you are planning on visiting Texel in near future, do not think twice and certainly, do not waste time in thinking too much. It is an excellent tourism destination, and you will rarely be able to find the kind of beauty Texel can put on the table for you!
Living Cheaply in Texel
It may sound too good to be true, especially when you consider that Texel is a part of Netherlands, one of the most expensive countries to live in, that there are quite a few cheap hotels in Texel that tourists can safely and soundly lodge with, without worrying too much about the kind of expenses they would be incurring.
Hotel Pension 't Anker is De Cocksdorp is one of the best budget hotels in Texel. It is not only easy to locate and check into, it is also very, very comfortable for and friendly towards foreign tourists.
Hotel de Lindeboom in Den Burg is a similar choice of a budget hotel. It is a tiny, adorable property that sits snugly in beatific natural surroundings, making sure that your trip becomes a touch more relaxing, throughout your stay!
Luxury Hotels in Texel
Moving on from cheap hotels, the time is right to talk a little about the other kind of Texel hotels, the luxury kind. Being a popular tourist place in an advanced country automatically allows Texel to have its fair share of luxury resorts and other similar establishments.
De 14 Sterren is one of the most opted-for luxury villa-cum-hotel in Texel. It is located conveniently in the city center and provides the finest of facilities in terms of luxury, food and style to its patrons.
If your search for a suitable luxury resort doesn't come to fruition, Hotel Oranjerie Molenbos is a truly lavish hotel that can help you find what you are looking for. It brings to you most authentic of local hospitality customs, creating memories that you can take home to cherish!
Top Things to See in Texel
De Sluffer, a tidal marshland that is home to many local species of animals and birds is a popular tourist spot. It boasts of a full gamut of Frisian life in summer months.
Eierland is another local phenomenon that you should not miss out on seeing when you are visiting Texel. Translated into English, Eierland literally means 'the land of eggs'. Throughout the year, depending upon temperature patterns, thousands of species of local and migratory birds lay eggs in Eierland, creating a spectacular sight.
If you want to have a breath-stealing view of Wadden Seas, you should straight hail a cab to Texel Lighthouse. It is a nearly 50 metre high building that allows you to take a panoramic view of much of the island and waters surrounding it.
Apart from these sights, Texel offers a fantastic exhibition of wildlife, especially bird life, to tourists and travelers.
Hotels Near Texel Airport
Texel airport will be their port of entry into Texel for most tourists who choose to fly straight from Amsterdam. The airport itself is located at a distance of about 7 km from Den Burg. Being an island that is not at all heavily populated, there's no reason for tourists to worry about traffic concerns or transport concerns from the airport to the city.
Staying true to a general spirit of Dutch efficiency, it won't take you too long to travel from the airport to the city. As a result, looking for Texel hotels around the airport can be an exercise in futility.
If at all you can't stand the idea of not lodging away from the airport, Hotel Airport Texel can help you get a good night's sleep, at low prices.
Best Time to Visit Texel
Texel boasts of a typical Frisian weather that is marked by cold and freezing winters that virtually rule out any possibility of tourism, however remote.
The tourism window in Texel is held hostage by the weather. Barring July and August, no other month is suited for travel, meaning that the whole annual tourism cycle in Texel is just two-month long in Texel. Quite predictably, these are the only two months that tourists can hope to fulfil their dream of visiting Texel in.
A downside of this concentrated tourism window is that the Texel islands gets flocked by tourists from Europe, allowing various hospitality sectors to hike their prices manifold. Hotels in Texel are the first to follow. So, in a general sense, tourism to Texel can be a touch more expensive than you would anticipate it to be!