Texel is an island in the West Frisian Islands region of the Netherlands.
Texel is an island with four types of landscape: dunes and beaches in the west, flatland and polders in the east and hilly in the center of the island (the remains of the ice age). Inland you find the fourth landscape - wetlands - with beautiful walking trails in the center west coast of the island, like The Slufter. Along the wadden-coast in the east there are comparably smaller Wetlands. In the dunes, valleys like The Muy are quite popular with tourists. Both tourists and birds are abundant. The tourists visit mostly in the summer. The islanders call their hilly area the Hoge Berg ("High Mountain"). Its highest point is about 15 metres above sea level and gives a fabulous view over the island. It's not the summit of the island however, the Loodsmansduin a dune in the south reaches 30 metres above sea level. Originally, the locals spoke their own dialect, known as "Tessels". Nowadays it's dying out and is replaced by a more Standard-Dutch tongue, altough still with specific words and accents. The inhabitants have their own name for the mainland: de Overkant, litterally "the Other Side".