Trips / Texel
From Hilversum to Texel On Sunday, 21 July 2019, Fokko, Saskia, Veleda and René made a long-before planned trip to the island of Texel in the north-west of The Netherlands.
René, Fokko and Saskia
Gliders at Hilversum airfield
Fort Benoorden Purmerend
Fort bij Spijkerboor was at the time one of the most modern and heavily armed forts of the Stelling van Amsterdam, equipped with an armored dome with a double-barreled cannon. Visiting Fort bij SpijkerboorWe continued our flight over the Schermer polder in the direction of Alkmaar. Around 800 AD, the Schermer area was covered in peat. Peat-digging made the area to develop an inland lake over time, that was drained in the 17th century. We overflew Alkmaar south of the old city. Alkmaar was the first town, in 1573, to repel occupying Spanish troops when locals opened the locks and flooded the area with seawater, forcing the Spanish forces to retreat. The event is still celebrated every year in Alkmaar on 8 October, the day the siege ended. The victory won the town weighing rights, which laid the foundation for its cheese market. After Alkmaar we turned to the north west to continue along the coast to Den Helder, the northernmost point of the North Holland peninsula. Den Helder is home to The Netherlands' main naval base. From Den Helder there is a ferry service to Texel. During the Dutch Golden Age, ships would be assembled near Den Helder and sail the world's oceans from there. On 23 January 1795, the French captured 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns in the town's deep-frozen harbour. In 1799 the city was the target of the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland.
Nieuwe haven, Den Helder
Alkmaar Alkmaar is known as the city of cheese in Holland. On Friday mornings in season, cheeses are stacked on the main square. Porters carry the cheeses on wooden sledges to the old cheese scale. Built as a chapel in the 14th century, the Waaggebouw was pressed into service as a weigh house in the 16th century. Today it houses the Dutch Cheese Museum. Alkmaar's Grote Kerk is renowned for its organs. The most famous is the little 'Swallow Organ' (1511) in the north ambulatory. The 17th-century organ built by Jaco van Campen dominates the nave. Alkmaar's Stadhuis was built between 1509 and 1520 in Gothic style. Visiting AlkmaarOudeschild is the fishing harbour of the island Texel. In the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company ships sailing from Amsterdam waited for favourable winds on the sea near Oudeschild.
Left base runway 22 Texel airfield
We measured 21 gallons before departure from Hilversum. After landing at Texel we measured 14 gallons. We fueled 7 gallons. After landing at Hilversum we measured 14 gallons again.
From Texel to Hilversum After lunch we departed for the return flight to Hilversum. This time we flew via the Corridor from Texel to Den Oever, at the west end of the Afsluitdijk (map).
Departure from Texel airfield
Coasting-out from Texel
Edam, Fort bij Edam
Vuurtoreneiland, Fort bij Durgerdam
Approaching Hilversum airfield
Naarden-Vesting The Naarden-Fortification (Naarden-Vesting) obtained city rights in 1351 and is thereby the only city in 't Gooi. Because of the strategic location, Naarden became a militarily fortified place and part of the defense line "Hollandse Waterlinie", the Dutch Waterline. In the 17th century the city acquired its typical style, well preserved until present day, of the star form with double walls, gatehouses and bastions. Visiting Naarden-Vesting