Harbor Terschelling

The Terschelling harbor is the only natural bay of the Netherlands, and is has been the home port for the Terschelling fishing fleet for centuries.

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Today, the fleet consists of a small number of shrimp fishing boats.

Ocean sailing is still strong in Terschellinger's blood. Many island men have seafaring jobs.
It is no coincidence that a Maritime Academy is located in West Terschelling, and carries the name of world famous explorer Willem Barentsz, who had roots on this island.

The ferries also dock in the harbor. It is spectacular to arrive in the harbor of Terschelling. You can stroll right into the village of West Terschelling, where the Brandaris is the shining focus of attention.



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As the boat turns into the harbour, you meet West-Terschelling, the gateway to your destination Terschelling. The Brandaris lighthouse, which stands as a beacon here in the middle of Terschelling’s biggest village, has been greeting seafarers since 1594. It is a lively place, with museums, shops, bars, dance halls, restaurants, hotels, wellness, a swimming pool, and the VVV Tourist Office.

In West, all the elements literally come together; it is where the sea licks the land. Then there is the ‘fire’ in the manned Brandaris lighthouse, which lights up the skies, surrounded by the scents of the mudflats. Every flavour and taste imaginable can be found in the shops and restaurants. 

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