Top 10 Things To Do in Zeeland, the Netherlands
Zeeland, the sunniest part of the Netherlands! This charming province has a lot to offer, for a fun day-out or a week or two. 😊 There are beautiful beaches, historical cities, yummy food and loads of things to do. To make your trip even more fun I’ve listed the Top 10 Things To Do in Zeeland.
- Sunset Picknick On The Beach
- Eat Kibbeling
- Visit Middelburg
- Go Sailing on Lake Veere
- Do a Cycling Tour
- Explore Zierikzee
- Picking Flowers
- Dance at Concert at Sea
- Visit the Summer Markets and Events
- Explore Neetje Jans
Sunset Picknick On The Beach
The beach is one of the main reasons a lot of people come to Zeeland. This is a very good reason, as it is our number 1 thing to do in Zeeland, the Netherlands. The beach is a wonderful place to enjoy the salty air and water, the dunes and magical sunsets. You can even watch ships sail by, sometimes only a few meters away from the beach itself. I especially love watching the sunset in Vlissingen, because you can see the sun go down in the North Sea. So, bring a blanket to sit on, a bottle of wine and enjoy!
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Kibbeling is the iconic food to eat at the Dutch coast. It is fried fish with a crunchy layer over it. You can get it on a market, at restaurants or at snack bars. In my opinion the best place to eat kibbeling is on the Boulevard of Vlissingen. Here you can enjoy the food and the beautiful sea view. It is definitely my favourite Dutch food!
If you want to visit a city, I highly recommend going to Middelburg. Middelburg is located on the island Walcheren in Zeeland and there are many fun things to do (A real hidden gem in the Netherlands). It feels like a miniature version of Amsterdam. It has beautiful canal houses, picturesque little streets and cool historical architecture. Middelburg is the perfect city to wander the streets and constantly be surprised by beautiful buildings. You can climb the Lange Jan, go shopping, step into a boat that shows you around the canals and much more.
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Go Sailing on Lake Veere
If you like water sports, lake Veere is the place to be. Lake Veere is a beautiful lake in Zeeland, on a cycling distance from Middelburg. You can go sailing or rent a motorboat to enjoy the water. After a fun time on the lake I would recommend a nice lunch or dinner in the picturesque village Veere. This is a little harbor village with a lot of history, lovely stores and a great view over Lake Veere.
Do a Cycling Tour
If you want to be more active, you can do a cycling tour. Throughout Zeeland there are many cycling routes. You can check out the different routes on VVV Zeeland and pick anyone you like. Along the cycling paths, there are signs that direct you where to go, so you’ll always find your way. There are routes along the beaches, cute cities, lake Veere and many nature areas. There bike rentals in every village/city, and you can even rent a “NS bike” at the bigger train stations. Cycling is a great activity and a wonderful way to see the landscape of Zeeland. So, if you want to have a fun and active day, go and rent a bike. There are also options to rent an electrical bike, making it a fun activity for everyone.
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The other historic city in Zeeland is Zierikzee. This city is known for its monuments. There are over 500 monuments in this city, so a lot to see! Furthermore, you’ll find beautiful canal houses and a cozy harbour with 2 historical bridges, which are iconic for this city! If you plan to go there, check if there is a day-market.
Zeeland houses a wide range of flower fields where you can enjoy a sea of colours and nice smells. The flower fields make the perfect spot to drink a nice cup of tea and pick a beautiful bouquet. You can buy a one-time ticket for a few euros (depending on the flower field) at the spot. But you can also buy a subscription for a few euros a month, so you can pick flowers throughout the entire year. This is definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Zeeland because is love flowers and you get to bring home an incredible bouquet. It’s fun for families and for solo travellers. Visiting these flower fields can easily be combined with a cycling trip.
P.S. These flower fields are also a great photo location 😉
Dance at Concert at Sea
Every summer there is a music festival called Concert at Sea at the Brouwersdam. Concert At Sea is a concert given on the beach with many Dutch and international artists. The summer vibes, the music, the beach and the dancing people make this concert a unique experience. You do have to be in time with buying your tickets, because they are sold out very quickly. If you already know you want to go the Zeeland in the summer, I would definitely recommend looking into getting tickets for this concert.
Visit the Summer Markets and Events
During the summer Zeeland hosts many events, all with a different theme. For example, there is the summer market on the boulevard of Vlissingen, there is a carnival in the bigger cities and much more. When you go to Zeeland in the summer make sure to check the VVV Zeeland event calendar, so you won’t miss a thing.
Explore Neetje Jans
A 100 years ago almost 2/3 of Zeeland was part of the North Sea. The water retaining structures that were build after the big flood in 1953 are very impressive to see. At Neetje Jans you can learn about the big flood and even go into these water retaining structures. If you want to get a different perspective on Zeeland, Neeltje Jans is definitely a fun and educational place to go to. Besides the heavy structures there are also fun activities for children like a wind turbine, a sealion show and a water park.
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