Viewpoint Jan Thijssensdune

On the edge of the Dark Sky Park, a 14-metre-high dune with a 360-degree view on the surroundings is located.  

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On top of the Jan Thysensdune, you overlook the varying landscape of Terschelling. Around 14 metres of the ground, you have a perfect view on the mud flats, dunes, salt marshes, heathers, woods and beaches. Here you can enjoy pure nature and peace. Further, it is a suitable place to spot migratory birds. 

The namesake of the Jan Thysensdune is Jan Thijssen and he lived from 1840 to 1923. His name was actually Jan Tijs Pals and he was a rower and later a skipper of the lifeboat of rescue station Paal 8. The dune is named after him because he planted the first grass here. 



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Oosterend is the village farthest east on Terschelling, and closest to nature reserve De Boschplaat. This European nature reserve is a true feast for the senses, drawing your eyes to the ever-changing shapes of the dunes and channels. On top you can experience real, dense darkness: in this Dark Sky Park guides will be happy to show you the wealth of this unique nature area.

To the north, at the end of the 'Oosterender badweg' you find one of the seven beach pavilions. From there you can also walk tho the iconic 'Drenkelingenhuisje', where once shipwreckers found shelter.


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