Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Middelburg

Abdij

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 Nieuwe Kerk (for parishioners). These were largely rebuilt in...

Historic Building in Middelburg

Stadhuis

Dominating the Markt, the town hall certainly grabs the eye. It's ornately beautiful, and displays a pastiche of styles: the Gothic side facing the Markt is from the mid-1400s; the more classical portion on Lange...

Village in Schouwen-Duiveland

Zierikzee

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...

Amusement Park in Zeeland

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

On the islet of Neeltje Jans, midway between Noord Beveland and Schouwen-Duiveland on the N57, the Delta Project's former visitor centre has morphed into a theme park. Attractions include a 3D film about the...

National Park in Zeeland

National Park Oosterschelde

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 be spotted on its sands, mud flats, salt marshes, dunes,...

Museum in Middelburg

Zeeuws Museum

Housed in the former monks’ dormitories of the abbey complex, this museum is divided into three permanent sections: one concentrating on fashion; another on the history, culture and landscape of Zeeland; and the...

Square in Middelburg

Markt

On Thursdays, this huge square in the centre of town hosts a popular market where stalls sell food and household products. Its proximity to the Stadhuis, de Drvkkery bookstore and many cafes and bars makes it...

Church in Middelburg

Nieuwe Kerk

Part of the original 13th-century Abdij but largely rebuilt in the 16th century after a fire extensively damaged the complex, this double-naved church is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants...

Church in Middelburg

Koorkerk

Dating from the 1300s but largely rebuilt in the 16th-century after a fire devastated the Abdij complex, the vaulted Koorkerk (Choir Church) operated as a house of worship for the monks of the abbey.

Square in Middelburg

Damplein

The area around the elongated Damplein (east of the Abdij) preserves many 18th-century houses, some of which have been turned into interesting shops, hotels and restaurants.

Village in Schouwen-Duiveland

Westerschouwen

Located at the tip of Schouwen-Duiveland, next to the village of Burgh-Haamstede, this small settlement once had a thriving herring industry but its harbour silted up in the 16th century and many of its residents...

Historic Building in Middelburg

Wandelkerk

Dating from the 1600s, this walkway between the two churches in the Abdij holds the tombs of Jan and Cornelis Evertsen, admirals and brothers killed fighting the English in 1666. Doors off it give entry to both...

Historic Building in Veere

Stadhuis

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 now houses the tourist office.

Church in Middelburg

Lange Jan Tower

This 91m tower is topped with a gilded imperial crown, a tribute to Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Climb the 200-odd steps to enjoy views over town.

Church in Veere

Grote Kerk

The west tower of this unattractive 16th-century church was designed to be much higher, but construction stalled when only the bottom section had been constructed.