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Flushing (Dutch: Vlissingen) is a port town in the Dutch province of Zeeland. It is the second largest town of Zeeland with 34,000 inhabitants. The town is industrial in character and is connected by a large canal to Middelburg and onwards to the inland lake of Veerse Meer. Flushing is well known because of its 2.6 km long boulevard.
Flushing has two railway stations and is the end on the line Roosendaal-Flushing. Trains go every 30 minutes. Flushing is at the end of the motorway A58 (Eindhoven-Flushing).
You can easily get around by bicycle. The area is well served by cycle lanes and cycle paths. You can cycle along the shipping canal to Middelburg which is only a few km away. You can also cross the Westerschelde, and cycle to Terneuzen, Ghent or Bruges. You can also take the bus.
Most visitors take a walk along the Boulevard. Go to the beach for a swim in summer season or a fresh walk at winters.
- Het Arsenaal, Arsenaalplein 7, ☎ +31 118 415-400, . 10:00-20:00 daily. This is a pirates and aquarium attraction park for children. It is possible to get atop the "Crow's Nest" to get a view of the city from a high altitude. €13,50, children €11,50.
- Carrousel, Arsenaalplein 3 (next to Het Arsenaal), ☎ +31 118 430-152, . M-F 12:00-00:00, Sa-Su 11:00-00:00. This is the place to be if you like arcade halls. There are more than one hundred arcades in this beautifully designed entertainment centre, that is in a traditional Dutch funfair style. Upstairs are the slots and the children games, while downstairs have more graphically enhanced games. It is a lot of fun, especially if you're in a group. Don't play for the rewards though, as you'll need to spend a lot of money in order to win something decent. It's not worth it. There's also a restaurant upstairs that serves simple dishes. €0,50-2 per session.
- muZEEum, Nieuwendijk 11, ☎ +31 118 412-498, . M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su, hols 13:00-17:00. MuZEEum means MuSEAum in Dutch, a word-play as it is the maritime museum of Zeeland. Flushing has been a maritime stronghold of Zeeland for centuries with its seafront, harbours and shipbuilding. The museum is housed in buildings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, fused together by modern 21st century architecture. €8.
- The largest Supermarket of Zeeland, Albert Heijn XL.
Nearly all restaurants serve seafood, the typical food of the region. Mussels (mosselen) are a particular favourite, and advertised all over town, as are squid (inktvis), cod (kabeljauw or kibbeling), sole (sliptong) and plaice (scholvis). At day-time you can also try a bolus, a bread originally from Zeeland.
- Albatros, Beursplein 3, ☎ +31 118 430-092, . This restaurant/bar serves the seafood common in Flushing. On the menu are many kinds of fried fish, including kibbeling and squid. It doesn't look fancy, but is an option if you're looking for cheaper fare. The staff are really friendly and willing to give you advice on where to go and what to do in Flushing and Zeeland. Order the Fish Mix if you want to try all the fish in one go. €12-14.
- Foppe, Bellamypark 8, ☎ +31 118 412-261. Very simple snackbar in between the bars of the Bellamypark. If you're looking to save money, and don't expect any service, then this is the place. Try some fried kibbeling (fish snack) with fries here. They are even prepared in an unusual way with Asian spices. €7.
- Da Xin, .
- De Mix.
- 't Smoske.
Nightlife in Flushing is centred around the Bellamypark, a central square with the bars around it. As the bars are next to each other, just pick one and see if you like it. If you don't, there's plenty of other bars around.
- De Concurrent, Bellamypark 22, ☎ +31 118 419-476, . 12:00-03:00 daily. This is quite a traditional bar, but it has a nice atmosphere. In the afternoon and evening, music is not that loud so you can easily have a conversation. Simple pub grub is served, though at €17-20, the mains are quite overpriced. Better come here for the drinks as they have some nice beers on tap. Try the Vedett on hot summer days, a light Belgian wheat beer.
- De Dop, .
- Popeye, Nieuwendijk 7, ☎ +31 118 431-267, . 12:00-03:00 daily. Café Popeye has live music every Wednesday and a second bar in the basement where they play a lot of club music. The student association throws a party every Thursday and the bar is crowded during the whole weekend. The basement bar opens on Thursdays and Saturdays since the upper level of the bar gets so crowded on those days that more space is needed.
- Speyk, Bellamypark 12, ☎ +31 118 441-3333, . M 19:00-03:00, Tu-Su 13:00-03:00. The most bustling bar of Flushing that has the interior of a British pub. At day-time it is a relaxed place to have a beer or sit on the outside terrace. There are many different kinds of beer on tap, inform with the waiter. At night it turns into a hip bar with loud pop music. It is popular among the locals, especially with younger audiences.
- De Vic.
- Arion, (on the Boulevard), .