Veere Things to Do

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    Museum Schotse Huizen

    by ATLC Updated Mar 21, 2003

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    VEERE SCHOTSE HUIZEN

    The Scottish houses got their name from their Scottish owners in the 15th century.
    What's the story?
    In 1444 a Dutchman from Veere, Heer Wolfert van Borsele, married Mary Stuart, the daughter of the Scottish king James I. That is how Scottish traders came to live in Veere. In 1541 Veere succeeded to achieve the exclusive rights to wool import. This meant that Scottish traders were only allowed to export wool and sheepskins to The Netherlands through Veere.
    The Scottish traders had many privileges in Veere. They used the quai for unloading their goods, they were free of wine and beer tax and were allowed to use part of the big church for their services.

    See also next tip for the museum information.

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    Museum info

    by ATLC Updated Mar 21, 2003

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    VEERE MUSEUM SCHOTSE HUIZEN

    Because of the wool, Veere grew to be a prosperous and big city of 4000 inhabitants in the 15th century. It was then that Veere could compare itself to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in terms of trade and power.
    During the French occupation and after, Veere fell to bitter poverty.

    The museum shows traditional life, folklore and costumes in the province Zeeland, specifically Veere.

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    Boat trip on the Veerse Meer

    by Museeuw Written May 9, 2007

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    De Campveerse Toren and the boat for a lake trip
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    When you are in Veere, a boat trip in the lake cannot be skipped. There are two routes (East and West). We only did the West route, but I think the East route is nicer. It passes by a big island and has more nature views, I think.

    The boat leaves every hour between 11am and 5pm, and takes the two routes alternately. Each route takes about 50 minutes, and of course you can take both routes, although I think that might be a bit too long to be nice. When we were there though the weather was bad, so maybe 2 hours on the boat when it's nice weather is not too long.

    Prices: 6,9 euro for 1 route, about 11 or 12 for 2 routes.

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    A stroll through the town

    by Museeuw Written May 9, 2007

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    This is an obvious tip of course, but it's something you definitely have to take a couple of hours time for. I doesn't take more time than that to see the whole town, but it's relaxing, interesting, romantic, ... . In short, one of the most perfect strolls you'll ever have in your life. :-)

    First we walked on both sides of the small harbour and then we went to the town, where we first had a coffee and then discovered the small streets.

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    Grote Kerk

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Veere: Great Church

    The Grote Kerk ('great church') is a big Gothic church with an unfinished tower. Several members of the famous Keldermans family were involved in its construction, but this church is a far cry from their churches in Leuven, Dordrecht and Brussel, to name just a few, or their town hall in Middelburg. After the Reformation the building was adapted for protestant use. Several alterations, different uses and wars have mutilated the building. Ornaments were removed and sold, and the front door looks as if there's a garage behind it. No, today the church can hardly be called beautiful, but it still is impressive, and having it preserved in this state at least respects its history.
    Only a small part of the church is used as such nowadays, as the church probably always was far too big for this town in the first place. It was a project of prestige in the first place; it'sfunction as a place of woeship was less important.

    The church can be visited in the Summer. You'll have to pay a fee to get in, and of course that day I just didn't have enough money in my wallet and there was no place in the town were I could get some in a legal manner, so I can't say what's inside and what parts of the church are open.

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    Town hall

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Veere: town hall

    The Gothic town hall was built from 1474 until 1517 and was probably designed by Everaert Spoorwater, one of the important architects of Gothicism in the Low Countries. In 1594-1595 a tall tower in Renaissance style was added, a small part of which can just be seen in the picture. Unfortunately the street is too narrow to make a good picture of the entire building.

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    Scottish houses

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Veere: Scottish houses

    The Scottish houses are two buildings in Gothic style, built for Scottish merchants. The one on the left, named Het Lammetje ('the little lamb') dates from 1539. The house on the right is called De Struys ('the ostrich') and dates from 1561. Originally the two were quite similar, but in the 19th century De Struys was altered. By that time Veere had completely fallen into decay.

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    Campveerse toren

    by OlafS Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Veere: Campveerse toren

    The Campveerse toren (Campveer tower) was built in ca. 1500 as a defensive tower at the harbour. Already in 1553, but possibly sooner, it had become an inn. In 1950 the tower was restored, which included the reconstruction of the roof and the stepped gable. Today it's a restaurant or a bar, I didn't have time to find out. But should you get thirsty; this is it. If you don't like this place, don't miss the bus back!

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    The town Hall

    by Luchonda Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    The town hall seen from the river
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    Different pictures, different photo shoot angels. But i think this monument in Veere is worth it to stroll around and take different pictures.
    The belfree tower is a landmark in Veere, seen from every corner and so special, the bells themselves are nominated as the best in the Netherlands

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    The Scottish Museum

    by Luchonda Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    The Scottish trading house and actualy a museum. The scottish house and staple place for import of wool buided in the 17th century by rich traders. Veere was a perfect place trading goods between the former britisch imperium and the golden years of the Netherlands. The facade is unique and so different from the other landmarks in Veere

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    De grote kerk

    by Luchonda Updated Feb 12, 2008

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    The great Church a big Gothic church with an unfinished tower in Veere dates from 1348. As from 1811 Napoleon Bonaparte, the french emperor even used the Church as a hospital for his soldiers. Later on it was a "house for beggars" Actualy it only can be visited in the peak seasons - a reason to get back, in general for the local musea and the alround romantic atmosphere.

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    Town Hall 2

    by Luchonda Updated Feb 16, 2008

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    The bell tower
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    Veere is a cosy historical village, built on the shore of the Western Scheldt
    Touristicaly popular in disproportion of it's size. But that is the charm of this romantic village
    The townhall itself, a highlight in the small city, located near the sea. I just couldn't get enough of it.
    In the near future i will visit an other cosy town : Middelburg, also located in Sealand.
    VT members told me that the marketplace and surroundings are as impressive as Veere.

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    The central place

    by Luchonda Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    Playing children- a donation by the Rabo Bank
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    A remarkable statue on the central market place. "Playing children"
    A donation by the local "Rabo Bank" at their opening in Veere.
    A piece of art by Phosse van Daele
    Not only this piece of art, but also the town hall and many pubs and shops are making your day and reflecting a dutch atmosphere.

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    Campveerse Toren

    by Luchonda Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    The Campveerse Toren, builded around 1500 as fortification of the harbour.
    A place with a romantic view on the river. The place were you can hire a tourist excursion on the lake, a place with a nice restaurant and hotel, only pricewise interesting if you can manage special rates during non touristic peaks. The view on the lake is impressive

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    Museum De Schotse Huizen

    by myriam_c Written Sep 5, 2005

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    This museum has been established in 1950. It gives an impression of the life of the rich inhabitants of Veere in the past. Special exhibitions take place on regular basis.
    Besides the museum, the building itself is very interesting, a beautiful example of late gothic. 'The Scottish House' called "Het Lammeke" (The Lamb) got its characteristic fa├žade in 1539 and owes its name to the wool trade.

    Opening hours: March 19 - October 30 - daily from 1 to 5 pm.

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