For questions call the reception desk at Ecomare:
A visit to the lighthouse costs €4.-. Children under 4 years may enter for free. The last entrance to the lighthouse is 20 minutes prior to closure.
March through October:
Daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
November through February:
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
The Eierland Grounds off of Texel form the most dangerous part of the Dutch coast. Countless ships have perished here.
On this chart from 1854, you can see that many ships perished off the Texel’s northern coast up till then. The shipping routes in this part of the North Sea were far from safe.
That is why the Texel’s notary Johannes Ludovicus Kikkert lobbied for having a lighthouse built at the northern tip of Texel. In those days, that meant many letters and conversations. It took him ten years to get permission and collect enough funding
In 1864, the lighthouse was completed. Kikkert was allowed to ignite the light
Since then, Texel has a striking building, a beacon for shipping and a splendid lookout tower. This is the lighthouse on a postcard from 1910.