For questions call the reception desk at Ecomare:
+31 222 317741
A visit to the lighthouse costs €4.50. Children under 4 years may enter for free. The last entrance to the lighthouse is 20 minutes prior to closure.
November 4th through February 15th:
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Daily during Christmas vacation. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
February 16th till November 3th:
Daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
In the Second World War, the lighthouse and the surrounding bunker complex formed a fortification in the German Atlantic wall.
The fortification was manned at the end of the war by a battalion of Georgian prisoners of war serving under the Germans.
In April 1945, the Georgians decided to help the allied liberation force. They eliminated the Germans that were present and declared Texel to be freed.”
However, the Germans struck back. Troops and heavy artillery were brought over from Den Helder. A guerrilla war broke out on the island. The lighthouse was heavily damaged.
Those Georgians that weren’t killed were executed. With support from the Russian liberators, they were buried after the war ended in the war cemetery ‘Loladse’ in the Hoge Berg region on Texel.
After the war ended, it was decided not to break down the old battered lighthouse, but to construct a new wall around the old one. And that is why the Texel’s lighthouse still has its historical inner tower.