Zeeland is located in the south west of Holland and the capital is Middelburg. Zeeland consists of a number of islands and a strip bordering Belgium. Zeeland is very popular among tourists because of the beaches, watersports and cities with historical centres.
Zeeland history: Zeeland was a contested area between Holland and Flanders until the end of the 13th century when the count of Hainaut gained control of the area. After 1585 Zeeland was one of the seven independent provinces of the northern part of the Netherlands. During the 16th and 17th century, the Golden Age, Zeeland had four important ports, which were Middelburg, Vlissingen (Flushing), Zierikzee and Veere.
Controlling floods always has been important in Zeeland because most of Zeeland and Holland lies below sea-level. The North Sea flood of 1953 flooded large areas and after that the Dutch built the Deltaworks, which is a series of storm surge barriers that protect the country. Tourists can visit this in Delta park Neeltje Jans.
Zeeland sightseeing and activities: Zeeland is very poplar because of the water and beaches. If you want to do water sports then Zeeland is a very good location. Many tourists visit villages like Domburg and Ouddorp. Renesse is the most popular place for youth who stay on campsites and go out until early morning. Most cities and villages in Zeeland, mentioned in the table below, have a historical centre and harbour.
Church of Renesse Michiel de Ruyter (Vlissingen) Domburg beach
How to get in Zeeland: By car: coming from Amsterdam or Utrecht first follow Rotterdam. From Rotterdam follow A16 to Breda. At Moerdijk take the A17 to Bergen op Zoom. From there follow A4/A58 to Middelburg and Vlissingen. An alternative route from Rotterdam is to follow A15 to Europort. Take exit 12 and follow N57 that connects most of the islands of Zeeland. Public transport: from Rotterdam take the intercity train to Middelburg. This train stops in several villages in Zeeland. From there you can take a bus if you want to go to places along the coast. You can plan your trip here and read more about using public transport here.
Cities in Zeeland Villages in Zeeland Zeeland activities
Goes Brouwershaven Beach
Middelburg Burgh-Haamstede Cycling
Vlissingen Domburg Hiking
Zierikzee Hulst Water sports
Middelburg Parks in Zeeland Ouddorp Zeeland attractions
Nationaal Park Oosterschelde Renesse Delta park Neeltje Jans
Veere Mini Mundi
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