The tall dune landscape at the west side of West Terschelling protects the village from strong westerly gales.

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The southermost point is called Seinpaalduin, after the signal post which stands on the dune. This signal post beams different colors of light, relaying information to ships out on the Wad about storm wind forecasts. The Seinhuisje is close by. In the past, this is where radio-bearings were done to help ships determine their position. The Navy monitored radio traffic between ships here.

Several paths, with steps, were built to reach the top of the dune. You can easily climb all the way to the top, and once you arrive, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of West Terschelling, across the Noordsvaarder to Vlieland, and over the Wad.

The signal post color codes and their meanings can be studied in the attractive bicycle tour book called "Sporen in the Zand" (Tracks in the Sand), available at VVV Terschelling.



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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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