Vrouwenpolder – Deltapark Neeltje Jans
Neeltje Jans is an artificial island in the Eastern Scheldt. It was constructed as a base for the main elements of the ‘Oosterscheldedam’, a storm surge barrier, It is the absolute highlight of the famous Dutch Delta Works, a series of projects to protect the southwest part of the Netherlands from the North Sea.
Deltapark Neeltje Jans is a water theme park with a lot of water related activities. We were ‘just’ interested in the exhibitions about the Delta Works and the Flood Disaster of 1953. At the entrance we were recommended to visit first a movie about the Flood Disaster and the construction of the Storm Surge Barrier in the Eastern Scheldt.
Have to say that was a right recommendation, because the movie shows the great impact of the flood in 1953 on people, society and the landscape. Images of the construction are amazing and for me it is still a miracle that they succeeded to built such a ‘world wonder’.
Afterwards we walked around the exhibition about the Delta Works with many interesting exhibits, models, pictures and videos.
Being there in winter we couldn’t use most of the outdoor activities (only did take a look at the show and feeding of seals). It is also possible to visit the inside of the huge and impressive storm surge barrier. With a beach, water sledge, play castle, boat trip on the Eastern Scheldt and much more it is quite easy to spend a (half)day at Neeltje Jans. Although in my opinion that part of the park is especially suitable for children.Related to:
- Museum Visits
Ouwerkerk - Watersnoodmuseum (Flood museum)
‘Watersnoodmuseum’ (Flood Museum or Flood 1953 Museum) is dedicated to the most devastating natural disaster in the recent history of the Netherlands, caused by a huge flood after very heavy storm during the night of February 1st in the year of 1953. During the ‘watersnoodramp’ (flood disaster) died 1.836 people, more than 100.000 lost their homes, complete villages were wiped out and the land was spoiled for many years. The flood changed forever the landscape of the province of Zeeland.
When staying a couple of days in Zeeland one of the must see’s was the ‘Watersnoodmuseum’ nearby the village of Ouwerkerk. Although I could remember the days of the disaster and often had seen images in papers or on TV, the visit to this museum was very impressive.
The museum is housed in four huge concrete caissons that closed the last of the many breaches in the dikes of southwestern Netherlands. In the first caisson we could read lot of information and see many pictures and videos about the days of the flood. For us the second caisson was without any doubt the most impressive one. Here is a list with the names of all the 1.836 victims of the disaster. By speaking out one of the names loudly we could hear the personal story of that man/woman, told by family or a close friend.
The third caisson shows exhibits around the reconstruction of the land and about the Delta Works, which should ensure the safety of the people. The last part of the museum is focusing on the future of climate change and the rising of the sea level. Here is also a shop with quite a lot of information, books, pictures and so on about the ‘1953 Flood’ and the area around the museum.
All together we were very impressed after our visit and ‘happy’ we had seen more of this part of the Dutch history. A ‘must see’ sight when visiting that part of Zeeland.Related to:
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Sluis, an ancient and historic fortified port, is today a lively tourist centre with over 100 shops open seven days a week and is an excellent short break destination. Sluis has been a city since 1290 and today is very popular with tourists, especially from Belgium due to its proximity with the border and its convenient location to the Dutch or Belgian coast, the Belgian cities of Bruges and Ghent, and even northern France. Must see sights/attractions include: the old town walls, the town gates, the canal, the quay, the Town Hall Belfry and the Windmill “De Brak” to name but a few.
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Tholen: Our Lady Church, most remarkable
During our stay in Bergen op Zoom we made a %[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21892f/]bike ride to the island of Tholen and visited the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Our Lady Church) in the town of Tholen.
After some shopping and having a lunch, we walked to church, which is located just outside the very center. It is situated on a green meadow-like square and is surrounded by small houses, making this 13th-century church even more impressive with its tower of a height of nearly 50-meters.
Upon arrival we first did take a look in the 'normal' church on the left-hand side. Although quite impressive by its size, nice pulpit and large organ is all pretty bare, like almost all protestant churches. The special part of the Our Lady Church is on the right-hand side from the entrance. This is the former choir of the church, now separated by a wall.
This part is one of the most remarkable churches we have ever seen. The floor is almost completely covered with tombstones and the pillars on either side of the choir have a distinctive red color. Between two pillars hangs a painted panel with the 'Ten Commandments'. There is another panel (from 1755), against the wall between the transept and the choir.
We also looked into the small consistory.
Opening hours: during summer season (late April to mid October) Wednesday and Saturday afternoons - 13.30 to 17.00 hours; see the website (kerk en gebouwen > openstellingkerk) for exact dates.
English leaflet: http://www.hgtholen.nl/attachments/article/downloads/Englisch.pdf
More pictures and info:www.archimon.nl/zeeland/tholenherv.htmlRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
Cycling from Deltaworks to Deltaworks
Given the option of taking your bike by train, I would suggest to take a train to Middelburg and then more or less follow the N57 long the coastline of the province Zeeland and Zuid-Holland, passing by the various islands and bridges, little villages, taking in quite a bit of the famous Delta works.
Middelburg (1.26 hrs by train from Rotterdam) is a lovely city, then you would cycle north, passing by beautiful Veere, then along the Storm Surge dam called Oosterscheldekering, where you can visit Neeltje Jans, a Deltaworks visitor center. Maybe you can be sidetracked towards Zierikzee. Passing the Brouwersdam, on to Goedereede, passing by yet another dam, Haringvliet dam, where you can visit the fishing port at Stellendam, then on you're in my region with Hellevoetsluis, and the unique dune landscape and beaches between Rockanje and Oostvoorne. On to historical fortified and picturesque town Brielle. And by all means, drop by for a coffee and a bite. Let me know!
Then to Rozenburg, take the short ferry ride and drive to Hoek van Holland for the Keringhuis storm surge barrier of quite a different character. A mighty impressive one, consisting of two 'arms' the size of the Eiffel Tower each, that move to close when there's danger. From there it's not far to Delft and The Hague, etc.
Neeltje Jans: http://www.neeltjejans.nl/index.php/en/home
Of course this whole trip can also be a car trip!Related to:
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- Road Trip
Deltapark Neeltje Jans
A day at the largest water park in the Netherlands?
Come to Zeeland, a whole day to enjoy marine life, spectacular attractions and all of the Delta Works! Delta Park Neeltje Jans is situated in a prime location in the middle of the sea, surrounded by the beautiful nature of Zeeland.
Here you will find amazing exhibits and stormy attractions. You can also board the boat to the water from the Delta to view. In short, take a day off and come with family and / or friends to Delta Park Neeltje Jans! Take a look at our park. We wish you a warm welcome.Related to:
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- Water Sports
What's and where's on Schouwen Duiveland
July-August 5 times on a thuesday in Zierikzee
8 times on a thursday in Burgh Haamstede
Week (local) Markets
~Every monday in Brouwershaven during July-August
~Every wednesdaymorning in Renesse during May-September
~Every thursday in Zierikzee, whole year long.Related to:
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See Zeeland from above
Take a ride in a glider from Haamstede. You can fly with members of the flying club in Haamstede. Just go to the field from where they fly and ask. It costed 25 Euro for about 10-15 minutes flight in the summer of 2004.
When do they fly: during the weekend (between half march to end of november) and in hloidayseason every day, weather permitting.
We didn't fly because of the waiting list, but Marjolein and Suzan, our two nieces, did and they were soooo impressed to see Zeeland from above.Add to your Trip Planner
POWER HORSE COMPETITION IN VEERE
FIRST AND FOREMOST: for a detailed programme you have to go to the VVV (Tourist Office near the Groote Kerk) because these change every year.......
But in August each year this manifestation, that is so impressive and exciting will take place in Veere, the wonderful small, once very important city of Veere, near Middelburg.
Our island measures only 20 x 20 km. so verything is close by!
Veere will welcome the wonderful, powerful and yet elegant horses and we, visitors will be able to enjoy the event for 2 full days!
This "invasion" of powerful horses means that the citycentre can only be reached on FOOT.....but Veere being so small (but utterly wonderful and special) that can't be a problem.
There will be several "paardetrams" horse drawn carts that will take you to the cente of Veere and.....FREE OF CHARGE of course.
For the children special activities and places will be organised and.....everything IS FREE OF CHARGE.
Do come and have a wonderful and exciting weekend!Add to your Trip Planner
Middelburg is a historic, very old city and that is why we still have THE VESTE.
This is a moat all around the city in zig-zag form; along the water, de VESTE , is the BOLWERK, a sort of defence work, also around the whole city (once) and now around the city centre and 5 min. going from my house.
The Bolwerk is a nice place to go for a walk or to sit on one of the benches, to dream away, while watching the wonderful trees, always a joy, in every season... but especially in winter when we can skate there!!
The day I took this photograph was a most wonderful day, little wind so the little tea-house (not open to the public) could use the water like a mirror as did the trees and...in the distance you can discover the tip of the mill's wings !
There are 2 mills on the BOLWERK.
And....this place in the photo is, as I told you, just around the corner for me......
Of course people had to build houses, schools and shops outside the moat......and we too, don't live in the old city centre (which was bombarded away during the first days of the second WORLD WAR, 17th May 1940 to be precise ) but in one of the outskirts, so that I am in the fields when I turn around the corner........by bike or walking....
We too, have canals and so....boat-tours.....which is always nice and for a rainy day: don't be afraid, there are enough umbrellas on board, one for each passenger.......
Let's not disturb the tranquility of this water (where we skate in winter!!) and of this vain little tea-house.....let's slip away and leave them with their dreams......follow me to my TIPS & TRAVELOGUES & TIPSAdd to your Trip Planner
BBA FAST FERRIES ZEELAND....
Take a look at Zeeland from another angle!!
BBA Fast Ferries carries CYCLISTS and foot passengers comfortably across the Western Scheldt in only 20 minutes!
Every half hours you can enjoy a very relaxing trip from Vlissingen (Flushing) to Breskens and vice versa of course!
The fishing towns and the recreational possibilities in their surroundings are THE places to be for a pleasant walk and / or bicycle ride!!
On one side you cycle or walk through the seaside resort of Domburg and Zouteland and you can have a rest in a sunny outdoor café in medieval VEERE.
You can admire the numerous monuments of Middelburg and enjoy the long and wide boulevards of Vlissingen (Flushing)
On the other side (of the river SCHELDT) in Zeeuws Vlaanderen, the most south west part of our province, you can take advantage of the space along the coast.
Let the inspiring surroundings of Aardenburg surprise you and experience the history of Sluis (where are numerous shops...which is also wonderful for us, the ladies.....).
You will find that Cadzand, just like Knokke-Heist, is located in the beautiful nature reserve " 't ZWIN" in the DUTCH - BELGIAN border region.
The sialing places of the bycicle / foot passengers are at walking distance of the centres of Vlissingen (Flushing) and Breskens on the other side of the SCHELDT.
For more info on Cycle and walking routes on WALCHEREN and Zeeuws Vlaanderen, we kindly refer to the local Tourist Information Offices (VVV Walcheren and VVV Noord Beveland: www.vvvwnb.nl and VVV Zeeuws Vlaanderen: www.landjeapart.nl)Add to your Trip Planner
PICK YOUR IDEAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION.....
INFORMATION AND RESERVATION.....
How to explain: well, "DE ROOMPOT", (THE CREAM BOWL) has such a wide variety on offer that the only thing I can do it give you their URL and their email, plus their telephone numbers and a special telephone number for UK ONLY!
www.roompot.nl or call: 0031 - 113 - 374200
For the UK:
visit your Advantage Travel Agency or the nearest Hoverspeed Holidays Agency or call: 0845 - 0894040 (UK only)
Nearest Airports: Rotterdam, Antwerp and Eindhoven.
Nearest ferry ports: Rotterdam and Calais
GOOD LUCK.....Add to your Trip Planner
It is said that Hulst is the most Flemisch town of the Netherlands, and indeed, they are right. As it lies so close to Flanders (Belgium), you will find a lot of Flemish influences in the architecture and the life of this town.
It's a lovely little fortified town. A nice place to wander around, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon (as all the shops are open), enjoy a local beer on one of the terraces around the market square and learn more about the story of Reynaert the Fox.Related to:
Goes, the town for shopping, lies in the center of Zeeland. In the old days, it was an important town and harbour.
The charming little harbour, the many historic buildings and monuments, and the ramparts around the center still bear witness to a glorious past.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Steeped in history, quaint little town the size of a village. Has a harbour and numerous old buildings and monuments. A strong link with Scotland. A real must see if you visit this province.
Have a look at my extensive Veere and you know what I mean!Related to:
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- Sailing and Boating
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