Holiday parks de Riesen and Tjermelân on Terschelling are very popular with our guests. Guests are happy to tell about the history of the two holiday parks since the 1960s. Still! Every now and then we hear beautiful stories from loyal guests who have experienced the camping time. The teams of the current holiday parks like to work together. Each holiday park has its own atmosphere and appearance and is a fully-fledged part of Terschelling Recreation.
History of Tjermelân holiday park
In 1957 there were already people camping with Tjalf and Lot Bakker on the farm in Oosterend, and from 1963 Tjermelân officially became a campsite. In 1986 the first permanent accommodations were placed in the park. This was also the year in which Kees and Els Kuiper took over the holiday park.
It was expanded more and more. Around 1990, 18 wooden chalets were added and in 1993 an apartment complex containing 6 apartments **** and 10 studios, the current Hotel Tjermelân. There was a restaurant, a new reception, a launderette and a tennis court. From April 1999 the 25 Finnish bungalows have been let.
In 2008, the wooden chalets were replaced by 34 new 'Duinbungalows', a number of which have two bathrooms, and an adapted bungalow for guests in a wheelchair. In 2010 the reception moved to the restaurant. The current Finnish bungalows and Duinbungalows and hotel accommodations are in tip-top shape and are supplied with sustainable energy. Tjermelân holiday park is child-friendly and fireworks-free.
History of holiday park de Riesen
Until the early sixties, camping site 'De Riesen' was a piece of pastureland, where farmer Cees Hek from Hee got his hay and where the cattle grazed. There were sometimes some wild campers, but they were not profitable. At a certain moment Cees Hek decided to apply for a camping permit from the municipality; a few water pumps were installed and some wooden toilets were installed: then the guests could come. Apparently that went well, because more and more requests came in.
Until 1978 De Riesen was owned by Cees Hek. Later daughter Els took over the company with her husband Kees Kuiper.
Immediately after the takeover, they started renovation: first water, electricity and sewage were installed and the wooden toilets were replaced by a toilet unit. Soon after, the Kuiper family bought their first caravans, which were put up for rental. More and more caravans were placed and later also summer houses. The renewal has continued to De Riesen as we see it now with 25 Finnish bungalows and 27 Duinbungalows.
In addition, the 8-person holiday homes De Fuik and Kijkduin in Midsland Noord are also managed by De Riesen. Riesen is the Terschellinger word for creeping willow.