Vlieland is one of the five Wadden Islands; the country's five northern isles in
the shallow Waddenzee stretch in an arc from Texel to Schiermonnikoog. They are important
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU STEP ABOARD THE VLIELAND FERRY
There are two ferries leaving Harlingen; one goes to Terschelling, our neighbouring
island, and the other goes to Vlieland. Please pay attention to which boat you get
on. The name of the ferry to Vlieland is OOST-
Tickets can be purchased at the Doeksen Office in the ferry terminal in Harlingen,
or at website www.doeksen.nl. The fare of a return ticket to Vlieland is about eur.
You can deposit your luggage free of charge on the blue and white luggage trolleys on the dock. These will be loaded in Harlingen onto the boat and unloaded at the dock on Vlieland. When you arrive on Vlieland you can retrieve your luggage from these wagons again.
A luggage transport service is available at the Vlieland dock. They will transport your luggage for a small fee to the various campsites, hotels or apartments on the island.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND TOURIST INFORMATION?
You can find the tourist information office opposite the ferry landing on Vlieland.
The opening hours are Monday through Friday from 09:00-
TRANSPORT ON THE ISLAND
When you arrive on Vlieland you can take a taxi or bus or rent a bike to get to your destination.
Vlieland offers peace and tranquility with healthy sea-
Vlieland offers 20 km. of beautiful quiet sandy beach. Its landscape consists mainly of sand dunes alternated with deciduous and evergreen forests. Due to the strong contrast of forest and dune areas the island has a varied flora and fauna. The diverse birdlife on Vlieland attracts interest from both home and abroad.
The Kroonspolders to the east of the Vliehors are bird sanctuaries. During the breeding season the Forestry Commision (S.B.B.) offers organised excursions in the polders. Outside the breeding season the following nature monuments are freely accessible: the Meeuwenduinen (380 hct) to the north of the Kroonspolders; Kooispleklid (165 hct), an overgrown dune area in the middle of the island; and the Oude and the Nieuwe Koois (234 hct), two former duck decoys.
During the summer season there is a daily recreation program including slideshow evenings, bridge tournaments and children's games. All events are advertised on posters in the village. The village brass band, the youth band or the traditional folk dancing group perform in the village every Thursday evening.
THINGS TO SEE ON VLIELAND
VISITOR CENTER (BEZOEKERS CENTRUM)
You can find this center at 150 Dorpsstraat (Main street).
This center contains information and exhibits on Vlieland's flora and fauna.
This is a historical and cultural museum in the Dorpsstraat (Main street). Look for an old cannon in front of the museum.
Both the Visitors Center and the Tromps Huys organize excursions. The Tromps Huys organizes cultural excursions while the visitors center offers nature excursions. Schedules are posted at the respective centers.
Vlieland offers many possibilities for indoor and outdoor sports. It is perfect for swimming (whether in the ocean or the public indoor swimming pool), walking, cycling, midgetgolf, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, bowling, and windsurfing.
The lighthouse, located on top of the highest point of the island, is open to the public. Here one has a beautiful view over Vlieland. The lighthouse itself is 18 meters tall and sits 40 meters above sea level. In good weather one can also see Terschelling and Texel, Vlieland's neighbouring islands. Please ask the V.V.V. about opening hours.
DAYTRIPS TO TEXEL OR TERSCHELLING
During the summer season it's possible to visit one of our neighbouring islands. Please inquire at the TOURIST OFFICE for further information.
TRIPS ON THE VLIEHORS
The Vliehors at the western end of the island is unique to Holland and Europe in
general. During weekdays this large sandy terrain is used as a military practice
area, and is off-
During the summer season one can experience the Vliehors by taking a tour on the
Vliehors Expres, a rebuilt army truck. Information about this memorable tour is available
at Maarten Nijman, Dorpsstraat 125, tel. 0562-
Touring the island by bus is certainly worthwhile. One sees nearly the entire island
during the hour-
In the event of fire please dial 1-
SWIMMING IN THE SEA
It is perilous and forbidden to swim at the harbour beach. Inflatable tires, mattresses and the like are also banned.
Walking on Vlieland is very enjoyable. A good place to begin your walk is the history-
Vlieland is home to many birds who come to the island in summer to breed and raise
their young. spring and autumn also host a large transient bird population. The birds
are here to forage, to rest and to replenish their fat stores before continuing their
migrations. These birds rest on the shores of the Wadden Zee, in the polders, and
during very high tides in the dunes. During the breeding season from March 15th until
August 15th certain walking routes are off-
Vlieland boasts an extensive network of bike paths. These paths, paved with crushed
sea shells, offer a splendid opportunity to reach many interesting places on the
island. The forest surrounding Oost-
From the tops of the dunes one has a marvelous view over the dune valleys and forests
at Lange Paal, Oude Kooi, Nieuwe Kooi and Bomenland. Vlieland's highest dune is the
Vuurboetsduin, which houses the lighthouse. You can climb the Vuurtorenduin and from
there enjoy a magnificent view over the island. From the top of the dune one has
a bird's eye view of the picturesque village. It is possible to see Terschelling
and sometimes even Harlingen in clear weather. The Vuurboetsduin rises 45 meters
above sea level and is the highest dune in the Wadden area. Cycling west out of the
Dorpsstraat, one automatically comes onto the Postweg, which leads to "het Posthuys"
at the other end of the island. On the way it's worthwhile visiting the "Nieuwe Eendenkooi",
and the "Oude-
The following place of interest is "het Posthuys," a cafe and restaurant. The Posthuys was originally used for transfering of mail to and from Amsterdam via Texel.
This postal service was established circa 1843 by Amsterdam for the benefit of merchant and war ships, most of which were departing from or en route to Amsterdam.
The road ends 3 kilometers beyond the Posthuys at the Calvary Shooting Range. The "Kroonspolders" lie to the south of the road and the "Meeuwenduinen" to the north. These are unique nature preserves. The "Meeuwenduinen" as a breeding area is not accessible until July 15th and the "Kroonspolders," a resting place for birds, are closed areas until mid September.
The return route involves travelling back on the same road as far as the Posthuys. Here one can turn left on to the road leading to the sea shell path which parallels the sea dunes on the north side of the island. This path runs eastward and ends close to "Hotel Seeduyn." Turning left onto the red brick road, which is called the Badweg, brings one to one of Vlieland's most popular beaches which lies adjacent to hotel Seeduyn. Travelling the Badweg in the opposite direction (south) leads one back to the village.
Once back in the village one can take a leisurely walk along the Dorpsstraat and experience the atmosphere of this rustic village. Here one can find everthing from restaurants to boutiques and markets.
It is forbidden to let dogs run unleashed in any forest or dune, with the exception of the forest and dune to the north of the village.
Here your dog is allowed to run freely only if he is under control. On the beach, he can also run freely, but when you go back over the dunes he has to be on a leash.
Just as in other years the S.B.B. is organising bird watching excursions for this
coming season. The duration of the excursion is approximately 1 1/2 hours, and tour
Groups should book in advance with S.B.B. Individuals who wish to join an excursion can obtain a ticket at the counter in the Visitors Center.
BEACH AND SEA
Vlieland is a Wadden island. The southern half of the island borders on the Wadden sea, while the whole northern side with dunes and the beach borders the North Sea.
This lengthy beach measures approximately 20 kms. In summertime the beach is, of course, popular with most tourists. On a summer's day you will find people over the whole length of the beach, sunbathing, swimming, walking and enjoying the sea .... and sun.
The beach has much more to offer than the above mentioned activities. Take a look at the surprising and sometimes richly colourful collection of shells or at the often amazing objects which get washed up on the beach. The many sea gulls and other sea birds on the beach are a familiar sight.You will see them searching for food on the breakwaters and then flying noisily away if their peace is disturbed by a fisherman.
The breakwaters serve to preserve the beach and dunes. Without them the sea would wash away the beach and dunes. Despite the presence of the breakwaters, a storm sometimes sweeps away huge pieces of dunes, particularly along the most western and eastern parts of the northern coast.
On Vlieland the Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Public Works.) is responsible for the
supervision and up-
Have a nice stay on Vlieland!