Vlissingen Things to Do

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    Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jan 11, 2014
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    The Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk (big or St. Jacob church) is the oldest and main church of Vlissingen. located at the old market square.

    The building was constructed between 1308 and 1328 as a Catholic church. In 1572 it became a Reformed church. In 1911 a fire destroyed a big part of the church. Also in WWII the church was damaged.

    Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter was baptist and wed in this church. There is a stain glass window of him .

    Restaurations took place in 1953-1954 and 1997-1998.

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    The Water Tower

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    The Water tower at the badhuisstraat was constructed in 1894. Its height is 35 meters and the reservoir is 300 m³. The building is a National monument.

    The present tower is for hire for a weekend or week long stay. There are 3 bedrooms for 6 to 10 persons.

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    Listen to the Wind Organ

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jan 2, 2014
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    At the Nollestrand beach you can listen to the Wind Organ. The present one is the third organ.

    In August 1975 the first wing organ was made by the Belgian artist Raphaël Augusts Opstaele from 50 Bamboe sticks from Cameroon. This first organ was swept away by a storm in January 1976. In October of the same year the wind organ was rebuild on a former bunker at the Nolledijk.

    In April 1981 vandals destroyed 8 of the tubes. In 1983 the organ was rebuild again.

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    Walking the Boulevard

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    Strolling at the Westerschelde border is the number one attraction of Vlissingen. It's free and the nearby ship lanes offer a never boring view.

    The Boulevard is the place for many events through the year.

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    Fountain of Betje Wolff en Aagje Deken

    by Airpunk Updated Aug 31, 2013
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    After Michiel de Ruyter, the next famous child of the city is Betje Wolff who - together with her freind Aagje Deken - wrote what is considered to be the first Dutch language novel in 1782. The Story of Sara Burgerhart is marked by the ideals of the illustration in the late 18th century and is considered one of the most important works in Dutch literarature history.
     
    The iron fountain was presented to the public on July 24th 1884 what would have been the 146th birthday of Betje Wolff. It honours both writers and was originally placed on the Betje Wollf Square. Later, it was moved to its current spot in the Bellamypark which is more central. The fountain was restored in 1979 and considered to be a national monument.

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    Gevangentoren and rearby monuments

    by Airpunk Written Aug 31, 2013
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    The Gevangentoren, the prison tower, dates from the 15th century and was once part of an extensive city defense. Now it is more or less the only structure which remains. It has been left into decay for quite a long time until it was refurbished in 1960. The Gevangentoren now houses a restaurant. You can have a peek inside, but there is little to see.
    Close to the Gevangentoren, you will find two monuments dedicated to locals who have saved castaways after the official rescue forces have given up. The heroes were Fran Naerebout in 1779 and the Schroevers Family in 1907.

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    Oranjemolen

    by Airpunk Written Aug 31, 2013
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    Vlissingen once had 23 mills, but only the Oranjemolen survived. The mill was probably built in the 17th century and was first mentioned in 1699. The area around the mill has been used as a landing site twice - 1809 in the Napoleonic Wars and 1944 in WWII. Both left some scars in form of bullets and holes in the windmill. In 1971, it was refurbished. It was used to separate the husk from the grain, later to produce flour. The mill is operative and can be visited every friday and upon request.

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    Sint Jacobskerk (St. Jacob's Church)

    by Airpunk Written Aug 29, 2013
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    Vlissingen's main church dates from 1328 but took its present shape in the 16th century. The region was one of the first to accept the Protestant faith and the first Protestant service took place in 1572. Have a look at its tower with a medieval base and a renaissance spire. Three of the most recent restorations were results of a fire in 1911, WWII and the 1953 floods (where there heighth ofn the water in the church reachted almost two metres), the last larger restoration took place in 1998.
     
    It is not that easy to get into the church as they have an irregular opening schedule. Usually, it is Friday and Saturday between 1330 en 1630 - with some extra days in summer and less days in the winter. Chck out their website under the menu point "openstelling".

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    De Ruyter Statue

    by Airpunk Written Aug 29, 2013
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    Vlissingen's most famous son, Admiral Michiel de Ruyster, is honoured with a statue at the entry to the old Harbour. De Ruyter is the Nation's most popular Naval Hero, especially after he saved the Netherlands from an English invasion in 1672. He was considered to be a modest man in rather cautious in his tactics, which led to confrontations with the more adventourous commanders like Cornelis Tromp.
    The monument is made of iron and was unveiled in 1841. The cannons were from one of de Ruyter's ships and were found off the Portugues coast in 1902. They werer added to the monument in 1905. The most recent restaoration of the monument took place in 2010.

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    Muzeeum

    by Airpunk Written Aug 29, 2013
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    This museum focuses on city's history but on the maritime history of Zeeland as well. Though you only see the front of a modern building (where the recption and ticket desk is located), the museum includes six of the neighbouring old buildings as well. It is larger than it looks and you can easily spend two hours inside. The Lampsinshuis, mansion of the Lampsins family in the 17th century is located left to the museum entrance and has the core of the exhibition. On nice days, the wooden turret and the terrace are open for visitors to enjoy a view over the city. Don't forget to look at the depot on the way up there. Of course, the museum has an exhibition dedicated to Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, the naval hero who saved the Netherlands from an invasion in 1672.
    A former storage building, the pakhuis, is used for temporary exhibitions. While I really liked the sea photography with ships in storms, the exhibition from artist Jan Sanders was rather not my taste. His caricatures showed sailors and prostitutes in what suppose to be funny situations - which in my opinion are rather not. Another building got an ehxibition about sailors and tattoos which was small, but very good.
    The only modern building is build on the fundaments of another 17th century building (the regional VOC headquarter as far as I can remember) which was destroyed in WWII. Parts of the basement are still preserved and house an exhbition about items found in the Schelde river.

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    St. Jacobskerk

    by myriam_c Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tower of St. Jacobskerk

    The church has been built between 1308 and 1328. It has been rebuilt after the big fire of 1911 and completely repaired in 1953-1954 after the 2nd worldwar and the big flood of 1953. Especially the tower of the church is very beautiful.
    Nowadays the church is used for both clerical services and concerts.

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    Schelde lookoff - De Ruyter Statue

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 10, 2010
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    Vlissingen is strategically located at the Schelde river delta to the Northsea.

    At he "Keizersbolwerk" at the Vlissingen harbour entrance the statue of the Dutch Sea hero Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607- 1676) is located. The area around offers the best lookoff to the continuous ship traffic.

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    Watching the sea pilots

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 10, 2010
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    Vlissingen has a separate harbour for the sea pilot boats.

    The ever busy shipping to and from the Antwerp harbour requires the transfer of sea pilots at each hour of the day. This routine goea on and on all year long and is a great attraction to watch; especial the manoeuvring in the small harbour.

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    Pirates of Vlissingen: ARSENAAL

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 10, 2010

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    The Arsenaal is an attraction for kids in a pirate setting. You can visit the Pirate land and the sea aquarium. The building is the former gun powder storage of Vlissingen.

    Business hours:
    Summer: daily 10AM - 8PM
    Outside summer & holidays: daily 10AM - 7PM
    Off-season: We, Fr-Su 10AM - 7PM

    Entrance: Euro 13.50 (Adult)

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    Nollestrand - The Vlissingen Beach

    by pieter_jan_v Written Aug 12, 2006

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    Vlissingen has a small city beach, depending on the tide of the Northsea.

    The shipping lane is closeby and somewhere there a sewage pipe; both make swimming not to attractive here, but if you do there are showers on the beach.

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