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  • Contact

    For questions call the reception desk at Ecomare:
    +31 222 317741

  • Prices

    The lighthouse is following the instructions from the government concerning the regulations for preventing the spreading of the corona virus. Therefore, the lighthouse will be closed until April 28. We hope we will be able to open our doors soon afterwards.

    A visit to the lighthouse costs €4.75. Children under 5 years may enter for free. The last entrance to the lighthouse is 20 minutes prior to closure.

    Combiticket EcomareMuseum Kaap Skil and the Lighthouse Texel:
    Adults € 19.00
    Children € 14.00
    The combiticket is valid through 31 March 2020.

  • Opening hours

    The lighthouse is following the instructions from the government concerning the regulations for preventing the spreading of the corona virus. Therefore, the lighthouse will be closed until April 28. We hope we will be able to open our doors soon afterwards.

    February 17th till November 8th:
    Daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

    November 9th through February 16th:
    Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

    Last entrance to the lighthouse is 4.40 p.m. (20 minutes before closing).
    For safety reasons, the lighthouse is closed during extreme weather conditions.

     

1864

Kikkert’s struggle

Danger

The Eierland Grounds off of Texel form the most dangerous part of the Dutch coast. Countless ships have perished here.

Map of wrecks

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.

Kikkert

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

Striking building

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.