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The inhabited islands

The Dutch islands have an area of 405.2 km² and have 24,184 residents.
Each of the five islands is located in a municipality of the same name. Texel belongs to Noord-Holland, the others since 1942 to Friesland. VAST provides for closer, formal cooperation between the Frisian Wadden Islands. [2]

In the Netherlands ‘TVTAS’ is often used as a donkey bridge to remember the names of the Wadden Islands. The Dutch Wadden Islands are called West Frisian Inseln in German. The literal translation of this (West Frisian Islands) is not common in Dutch.


  • Noorderhaaks or Razende Bol [3]
  • Rottumer plate
  • Rottumeroog

The sandbars Rif, Engelsmanplaat, Simonszand, Zuiderduintjes, Richel and Griend cannot be called an island in view of their size. [4] The former island of Wieringen can be found in the head of Noord-Holland, right next to the Afsluitdijk. Because it is a former island, it is not shown on the map.

In addition, the Dutch Wadden knew the now disappeared islands of Moenkelangenoe and Bosch, both of which were to the east of Schiermonnikoog, and Eierland, which grew up on Texel.


Texel is the largest Wadden island and undoubtedly offers the most variety.

The 7 cozy villages of Texel all have their own atmosphere. They are surrounded by a lot of nature. Texel also has an enormous bird life and special plants outside the approximately 40 official nature areas, not to mention just as many sheep as people.

The Dunes of Texel National Park covers more than a quarter of the island. And there are also many nature reserves in the middle of Texel and along the Wadden Sea. You will also find remains of the turbulent history of Texel everywhere on the island.


Vlieland is the smallest inhabited island of the Dutch Wadden Islands and is the farthest from the coast. Vlieland is covered with greenery and is called many high dunes, long beaches, clear sea water and forests. These are reinforced by the fact that there are no cars on the island. Vlieland is quiet and undisturbed, pure and natural. It is the ultimate destination for people who are looking for peace. Here you can experience the real island life. The island is quiet and pleasant. There is only one village on the island: Oost-Vlieland. It is surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.


Terschelling is perhaps the most beautiful Wadden island in the Netherlands. When we first visited Terschelling, we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the island. The Wadden Island has beautiful sandy beaches, beautiful nature and if you go cycling or walking you will hardly see any cars. Terschelling is 30 kilometers long and a maximum of 4.5 kilometers wide. About 5,000 people live on an area of 87 km2 on the island. Of all the Wadden Islands, only Texel is larger.


An island with four beautiful villages, each with its own history and culture, beautiful nature, but especially a lot of sea and beach! Wonderful to walk endlessly and watch the sun go down during a dinner. Ameland is also in line with culinary delights. The fresh sea fish is on the menu every day, as well as pure home-grown products.
In addition to walking, cycling or lazing, you can also be actively involved in the various activities that the island has to offer. Playing golf, surfing, kiting or even skydiving, there is something for everyone! And what about the many sporting and cultural events! It is the genuine hospitality of the Amelander that gives you a feeling of coming home.


Schiermonnikoog may be the smallest Dutch Wadden island, it is grand in terms of its nature. This is underlined by the status of National Park that applies to the entire island. And speaking of size, Schiermonnikoog has the widest beach in Europe. An immeasurable sand plain that will make your heart beat faster if you like peace and quiet. Do not expect large-scale entertainment on Schiermonnikoog. On the contrary, the uniqueness of this island lies in the unspoiled nature and the vast natural beauty. The island is one large work of art, signed by mother nature.