The largest village in Schouwen-Duiveland, Zierikzee was settled in the Middle Ages and retains a number of buildings dating from this time, including De Dikke Toren – the tower of the former Sint Lievensmonstertoren church, which burned down in the early 19th century. Other historic structures include Sint Lievensmonstertoren's replacement, the Nieuwe Kerk, constructed between 1835 and 1848, and the 16th-century Stadhuis (town hall). Wandering around the historic centre and enjoying a drink or meal at the harbour are popular activities.

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1. Deltapark Neeltje Jans

8.99 MILES

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2. Westerschouwen

9.11 MILES

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3. National Park Oosterschelde

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Open to the North Sea, this coastal nature reserve is a haven for plant, bird and marine life. Thousands of birds, including gulls, terns and plovers, can…

4. Stadhuis

12.95 MILES

This late-Gothic-style building on the Markt was built in the late 15th century. Its tower is still stuffed with bells – 48 at last count. The building…

5. Grote Kerk

13.03 MILES

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6. Damplein

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7. Zeeuws Museum

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8. Abdij

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Dating from the 12th century, this huge abbey complex houses the regional government as well as two churches: the Koorkerk (built for the clergy) and…