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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.

     

1945

War in a war

German fortification

In the Second World War, the lighthouse and the surrounding bunker complex formed a fortification in the German Atlantic wall.

Prisoners of war

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.

Guerilla

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.

Special war cemetery

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.

New wall around the old

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.