Visit the Artificial Island of Neeltje Jans
The Delta-Exhibit-Amusement Park of Waterland occupies much of the island Neeltje Jans. According to its brochure the name derives from a local term Nehalennia ( or near the North Sea) coupled with a form of the female name Jane (therefore Goddess of the Sea or Mermaid?). Much stone has be deposited on the island to minimize erosion.Related to:
- Family Travel
Travel over the barrier-dams
If you are going to the coast you will have to cross over one or more of the barrier dams It is worth stopping at the end of one to see how they work. This can also be done from inside the Water Park if you visit it.Related to:
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See the tidal terrain and reclaimation
We drove across marshland and sand ridges and dunes passing hamlets and towns. This was not at all like Noord Holland which we had visited except the built-up towns by the waters' edges. There were many harbors and small yacht docks and in ways it resembled parts of the Gulf Coast we knew excpt the plant life was different and the birds and no alligators. But the busy reclaimation of the lowlands was what excited us! Maybe the USA will wake up and fix its coastal resources like the Dutch are doing.Related to:
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The beach is about 10 miles long, and the width varies from zero (at certain parts at high tide -- but nothing to worry about if you are tall enough) to several hundreds of meters at low tide. It is safe to have a long stroll on it, at any tide, at any time of the day.
Blue: Family beach
Orange: Beach to go surfing or sailing
Red: Sports and other activities
Yellow: Luxery beach
Green: Nature beach
You can do many things on the beach. You can:
play beach volleyball;
kite--there are nice kites for sale at the local gift shops and general stores in the village;
swim -- the sea water is clean and safe (unless a certain type of flag has been hoisted by the life brigade);
skinny dive (nude beach only);
horse-back riding (designated hours and beaches only; horses can be rented in Renesse or Haamstede);
walk your dog (on a leash);
and you can do many other pleasant things.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
- Hiking and Walking
This village next to the Belgian border is well-known for its mussels. It has some good restaurants where you can eat the best mussels of Zeeland. The Vlaamsche Pot is a good restaurant located on the square in front of the church. It's nice to sit outside under the trees.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Road Trip
Veere, the Campveerse Toren
This tower is part of the citywalls, and dates back to 1500. It once was the cityinn and is still used as a hotel-restaurant. The name reminds of the old name of Veere, Campveere, dating back to the middleages when there was a ferry from here to Campen.
Veere, the well
This waterstorage was built by order of Maximiliian of Bourgondy in 1551. He promised the scottish wooltraders in Veere he would supply water for drinking and washing the wool. The rainwater of the roof of the Grote Kerk was collected here and filtered. The well can hold 200 kubic meters of water.
This is the NH church in Axel, not much we could find about this church. The year 1865 is painted above the door, so we asume the building is from that year. But there are some tombstones against the outer wall that are much older.
Axel had a windmill since the 17th century, standing at the bastion Vlissingen. This wooden mill burned down in 1747. And was replaced by a stone one in 1750. In 1911 the vanes were removed. In 1998 the windmill was restored to its former glory and it is now ready to mill grain.
The windmill can be visited from april to october on saturday from 10:00 to 17:00.
Veere, the windvane at townhall
In 1597 the windvane of townhall was put in place. It was made by Hans Mulder, coppersmith from Middelburg. It is in the form of a ship, with four masts. The coat of arms of the family Van Borsele, the province Zeeland,and Prince Maurits of Orange, marquisof Veere, were used as flags. The ship measures 2 meter in length and 1,65 meter in height.
The small town of Veere has a very interesting townhall. It is a late gotic style building probably designed by Evert Spoorwater. Building began in 1474. When it was finished a few years later the town was governed from here, it was also used to store important documents and as a courthouse.
In 1591 the tower was built by architect Adriaan de Muer from Brugge.
The sculptures in the gable are from left to right: Hendrik van Borsele, his wife Anna van Halewijn, their son Wolfert van Borsele, his second wife Charlotte de Bourbon, and their son in law Philips of Bourgondy, his wife Anna van Borsele and the son of Anna and Philips: Adolf of Bourgondy. The original sculptures were replaced by the presentones in 1931-1934 by O. W. Wenckebach. The old sculptures are on display in Het Lammetje, a museum of the Scottish Houses in Veere.
At 30 december 1996 the last meeting of the town council was held here. Today it can be used for marriages.
In the town hall there is a museum called De Vierschaar (the name of an old court of law). Very nice to visit !
Veere, Grote Kerk
The Grote kerk (large church) dominates the skyline of Veere. The building dates back to 152. In 1686 there was a big fire that burnt a large part of the church down. It was rebuilt. In the French times the church was used as militairy hospital. Some windows were shut by bricks and floors were layed. Later it was also used as a workplace for prisoners. In the beginning of the 19th century the church was no longer used for Mass because of a severe storm damage. Today the church is used by Stichting Nieuwe Muziek.
Hulst is a town in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, which explains why it has a very Flemish quality about it. Some interesting buildings here, like this big church, the St. Willibrordus. Other sights are the town hall, the town gates and various other buildings. Hulst claims to be the town of Reynard the Fox, a medieval story to which there are many references in the town. Shops are open seven days a week.
An old town on Schouwen-Duiveland. Sights include the Great Church and the town hall. Nearby are many old villages such as Kloetinge and Kapelle, a paradise for church lovers like me. East of Goes are many orchards where you can buy fresh fruit.
Tholen is not only the name of the island but also the name of the capital located in the southeast and my favourite town on the island.
It's the only town on the island that is surrounded by a city wall. It's nice to walk on this wall surrounded by water and a lot of trees. On your way you will pass a flourmill "De Hoop" and the small yacht harbour.
Don't forget to visit the town too. The historic town hall and the majestic 14th century Dutch Reformed church are certainly also worth to see.Related to:
- Road Trip
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