West-Terschelling is the largest village of Terschelling. This nostalgic village consists of a couple of lively shopping streets that offer many nice shops, restaurants and interesting museums. When the weather is good, you can spend hours at one of the pleasant terraces. Did you know that the port of West-Terschelling is an exceptional one? It is the only natural bay in the Netherlands and one of the most beautiful ports of Europe at the same time.
This lighthouse has been shaping the image of Terschelling for ages. This high, square lighthouse with more than 206 steps, dates from 1594. The Brandaris is the oldest lighthouse in the Netherlands and has been guarding the island for over four hundred years now. The lighthouse has the entire northern Dutch coast within range and it functions completely automatically nowadays. Due to the enormous amount of machinery that has been installed in the lighthouse, it is no longer possible to mount the Brandaris.
Address: Brandarisstraat 2 West-Terschelling
The museum of nature and sea aquarium
The museum of nature shows the incredible natural richness of the island. In our exposition room, we demonstrate many aspects of island weather, as part of our exposition ‘Weather at the Wadden and climate in movement’. You will be astonished by the many types of fish and sea animals that live around the island, and: please feel free to stroke the rays in our aquarium.
‘Het Behouden Huys’
This museum of cultural heritage shows every aspect of the culture and history of Terschelling. Are you interested in knowing how people used to live on the island? Then, museum ‘Het Behouden Huys’ is definitely worth a visit!
Indoor swimming pool ‘De Dôbe’
Indoor swimming pool ‘De Dôbe’ is a lively indoor swimming pool on the island. This swimming pool has something to offer for everyone, no matter your age. For the littlest ones, there is a special toddler’s pool with a slide and many toys. The pool also has a water slide, jet streams, turbo-showers and a bubble bath.
Seal spotting trips
At the port of West-Terschelling, you will find multiple ships that organise seal spotting trips. Such trips are fun for young and old. These trips take about one hour and a half.
Walking across the shallows
During summertime, you can join a walking trip across the shallows, organised by Staatsbosbeheer (a Dutch public organisation that manages a sizeable amount of the nature reserves in the Netherlands).
Sheep and cow farm ‘Halfweg’
This farm produces sheep’s cheese that is prepared using traditional methods. There is also a cosy farm shop with a corner where children can play and read all about the process of cheese making. Here you can also find lamb’s fleece products, sheep’s wool crèmes, and other local products. The owners of the farm regularly organise viewing days and demonstrations.