Welcome to Zeeland
In 1421 the St Elizabeth's Day flood killed more than 100,000, irrevocably altering the landscape – and some say the disposition – of the Netherlands and its people.
In 1953, yet another flood took 2000 lives and destroyed 800km of dykes, leaving 500,000 homeless and leading to the Delta Project, an enormous, nearly 50-year construction program that is hoped to finally ensure the security of these lands. It ranks among the world's greatest engineering feats.
Peaceful Middelburg is the historic capital, while the coast along the North Sea is lined with beaches. Many people visit this place of tenuous land and omnipresent water just to see the sheer size of the Delta Project's dykes and barriers.