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Middelburg (Zeeland)

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Earth : Europe : Benelux : Netherlands : Southern Netherlands : Zeeland : Middelburg (Zeeland)
Camera phone view along the boat filled canal in Middelburg, Zeeland, June 2007.

Middelburg is in the capital of Zeeland. It is an old city and the centre has a small canal ringing about half of it. This is lined with boats and cycleways and is very nice to see and also quite Dutch looking. The centre is dominated by a large square where markets are often held overlooked by a large townhall. Around this is the shopping area, most of which is pedestrianised.

Slightly further out from the centre is the shipping canal connecting Veerse Meer to Flushing. The train station is also located on the far side of this.

Get inEdit

There is a rail link to Middelburg connecting it to the rest of the Netherlands.

There is also a motorway going all the way to Flushing (Vlissingen) with a clearly marked exit for Middelburg.

Middelburg is a beautiful old monumental town. Markets are held on Thursday. They sell everything from vegetables to fabrics. Vietnamese lumpias and oliebollen. If you are lucky you'll spot a women in the old traditional costume.

Get aroundEdit

The center of the city is very approachable by bike, not too friendly for cars. Parking can be a bit of a pain and expensive.


Approaching pedestrian zone through one of the side streets off the canal in Middelburg, overlooked by the church spire (known as "Lange Jan") located in the medieval abbey, June 2007.

  • The central square and surrounding streets
  • Walk along the canals.


  • Hire a bike and cycle along the canals and out to the town of Veere which is approxiately 5km away.
  • You can climb the big church tower, called De Lange Jan - The Long John. From the top you have a magnificent view over the whole of Walcheren.




In the central square to the South side of the town hall there are two pubs with outdoor seating covered with a large canopy. These seems to be the place to be in Middelburg during the evening and appears to be very popular.


There is a hotel called "Hotel de Nieuwe Doelen around the city centre. There are also a number of excellent cafes around the City. Try De Mug for the best Belgian beer selection this town (or this region) has to offer. It's a few blocks from the market, but is a little cheaper and comes with a better selection. In the summer, every night except Monday will provide you with plenty of opportunities for beer and wine for those so inclined.

Get outEdit

Routes through Middelburg
Flushing  W   E  RoosendaalEindhoven


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