I am suggesting a beautiful route but it is a detour (what heck, if you have time, why won't you?).
Using googlemaps you choose routeplanner and add a few destinations.
First destination: Amsterdam
Last destination: Antwerp
In-between destinations (in the following order):
4. Middelburg - well worth a visit!
This route includes:
A. A short ferry between Maassluis and Rozenburg (just under 3 euro), or via Rotterdam and then carry on to Hellevoetsluis
B a long tunnel (6 km, toll I think 4 euro) between Middelburg and Terneuzen
As I said, this route takes you through the deltaworks, with plenty of opportunity to stop and have a look at the sea. It is a B-road, max. 100 km/h or sections that are slower (as you pass through villages).
The good thing is you enter Antwerp from the west side which is usually much quieter than from the north (via Breda).
Amsterdam-Antwerp via Bergen-op-Zoom (a very nice town, well worth a visit) and then via Liefkenshoektunnel which again brings you to the westside of Antwerp.
I always take that route down south because it usually is just a wee bit faster with a bit less chance of traffic jams.
Driving along the Westerschelde dyke between Emmadorp and Lamswaarde you will see some stones standing upright in a circle. It's not some kind of Stonehenge but a monument to commemorate 10 people of the villages of Hontenisse and Vogelwaarde that died during the 1953 flood disaster.
Have a closer look, each stone has a beautiful carving representing the story of the flood, a beautiful text and the names of the victims.
For more information about the 1953 flood disaster, go to the website below.
One who has been to the coasts of France or England, may notice that those coast are quite different from the Dutch (Zeeuwse) coast. Dunes are not formed everywhere. You have to have some conditions.Theyare:
1. A sandy seabottom along the shore who builds up towards the coastline.
2. The sea takes the sand along the seabottom to the shore.
3. waves en the wind take the sand inland where;
4. small and young plants hold the sand to form a dune.
The dunes primair job is to protect the West -Dutch coast from being flood by the water. The coastside is the most vonurable part of the dunes, because that's where the wind is the most powerfull, not alot of plants will grow there and sometimes with heavy storm it also have to go up against the big waves pounding on it.
People try to protect this side by planting 'helmgras' of by planting close in a row small pieces of wood.
This protection also creates a artificial coastline, where no other plants wanted to grow anymore.
They also tried to stop the impact of the waves by planting short pieces of wood in the seabeding so break the power of the waves. They don't do this anymore, but you can see these pieces of wood.
Nowadays they succesfully spray extra sand on the beach to break the powerfull waves.
When you enter the dunes for the first time, please stop for a minute to read the information board at the beginning. Many restrictions apply, since the dunes form a nature reserve and are important for the island. For instance, there are designated walking/biking paths in the dunes, but it is not allowed and not needed to step outside these paths. You may trample important plants.
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