Great views at the Northsea
Windy all of the time
love to live here
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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 - 8PMOutside summer & holidays: daily 10AM - 7PMOff-season: We, Fr-Su 10AM - 7PMEntrance: Euro 13.50 (Adult)more
Coosje Buskenstraat 130, Vlissingen, 4381 LH, nl
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Boulevard Bankert 266, Vlissingen, 4382 AC, The Netherlands
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Typical old-style Dutch pub which seems to be pupular with the locals. Good to get some impression of down to earth pub culture. In accordance with the ciy's maritime tradition, it has a lot of decoration related to the sea inside. Next to typical pub food such as sandwiches, you will get a good variety of beers, inlcuding some of the stronger...more
Restaurant De Gevangentoren opened in summer 2006, just when I happened to be in town. I visited this exclusive restaurant with a French/Dutch kitchen in its second opening week. Due to a rare heatwave the restaurant was loaded ever since it opened. The old round city gate tower, the only remainder of the old city wall is restored in its beauty and...more
Stefano's Grand Cafe is a great place located at the Vlissing Boulevard with a wonderful seaview. There's an outdoor terrace and a nice indoor setting.Together with the opposite Grand Cafe Raymondo, jerry's Smulroom and the Grand Hotel Arion it's managed by the Amadore Group.Business hours: Daily from 10AM. I had the most tasteful...more
The Nollehoofd appears to be like the other snackbars at the Boulevard: a small shop with Patat (fries) and other snacks and a terrace.I think I had my last food there. The fries were not completely baked (probably went from the freezer into the frying pan) and the fish was pre-fabricated.The floor was greasy, but to my surprise at the counter...more
The Belgische Loodsensociëteit is a Hotel Restaurant at one of the oldest location at the Boulevard. The sea pilot center is next door and this building houses a lot of local maritime history.The restaurant offers classic fish and meat dishes and is great for dinners or a drink at the terrace. The view with the pilots going on and off to the big...more
Bar "2x Bellen" is a nice small bar where everybody knowd each other and just wants to have a good time. It's ideal to watch a sport game on the wide screen. Don't be surprised to be drawn into some local activity.
Dress Code: Just as you are.
Due to its geographical situation, Zeeland is not well connected by train. The only train line however is well frequented and has its terminus in Vlissingen. There are trains running every 30 minutes to Rotterdam (via Rosendaal and Dordrecht), many of them continuing to the Hague, Amsterdam and Lelystad. As of 2013, a train ticket from Vlissingen...more
To get to Breskens at the other side of the Schelde river you can take the BBA Zeeland Fast passengers/bicycle ferry.This used to be a car ferry but since the opening of the Westerschelde tunnel in March 16, 2003 this service stopped.The ferrystop is next to the Vlissingen train station.more
Be warned if you go to Vlissingen in winter as you will find that there's hardly enough daylight to keep you awake! I went in November and as someone who can suffer from S.A.D syndrome - i.e. u get crabby and lethargic if you don't get enough sunlight, it can be a hard place to be at that time of year! Seriously, I woke up and it was dark and it felt like I only had 6 hours of daylight a day - it was bad, also as a seaside town there isnt much to do there at that time of year as it can get quite chilly - best to head for the next largest town which is Middleburg so that at least you can get to do some shopping!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes, there are a lot of cobbled stones, so best fior ladies to maintain a flat heel or one that is more stable. In summer sandals/ trainers would be appropriate for the walks along the beach front and in town.
The patrol craft Wytvliet waits in the Vlissingen locks to enter the Schelde-Rijn-Kanaal (canal). Just opposite the train station, the locks allow boats to traverse the entire peninsula. In particular, Middelburg is only five miles away, although waiting for the intervening bridges to be raised can cause the trip to take hours.more
The Local Tourist Office is located at:Spuistraat 30 4381 HS VLISSINGEN Tel: +31-118-715320 High Season hours:Mo: 11AM - 5.30PMTu-Fr: 11AM 5.30PMSa: 9.30AM - 5PMUSEFUL LINKS:Tourist OfficeVlissingen startpage 1Vlissingen startpage 2Vlissingen startpage 3Vlissingen startpage 4Vlissingen startpage 5Jumppage LinksVlissingen businessesSeafront webcammore
The Frans Naerebout statue at the South side of the Bellamy Park honors the godfather of the Vlissingen Seapilots. He lived from 1748 till 1818 and was a VOC-seapilot guiding the ships through the Schelde river delta to and from the Nothsea.Frans made name by the rescue of 80 seamen from the sinking VOC ship "De Woestduyn".Later in 1788 he rescued...more