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In the south-western Netherlands, there is an interesting place that is worth visiting – the artificial Walcheren peninsula. The city of Middelburg is a notable attraction of this part of the country. Numerous tourist groups visit this settlement to see gorgeous religious landmarks and charming houses that form whole quarters of the authentic-looking buildings. Most of these dwellings are notable examples of the architectural styles of the 17th-18th centuries, and this fact makes it even more interesting for tourists and foreign travelers to visit Middelburg. Are you dreaming of a peaceful holiday in the Netherlands? Middelburg is the capital of the Zeeland province but, nevertheless, this is an incredibly tranquil and cozy city.
There was a fortress on the site of the modern Dutch city in the eighth – ninth centuries. This stronghold, the main purpose of which was to protect the region from the Viking invasions, became the heart of a small settlement. The first Catholic monastery appeared in 844 AD. The settlement was developing and its territory was growing, but the authorities didn’t hurry to recognize it. Middelburg officially got the town status only in 1217. Soon after that, the settlement turned into one of the major centers of trade between Great Britain and the Netherlands. Moreover, the relations with numerous Flemish cities were also getting stronger.
When the period known as the Dutch Golden Age finished closer to the end of the 17th century, the development of Middelburg ended as well. The Dutch city is mentioned again in historic records only during World War II. On May 17, 1940, German aircraft bombed this city, causing devastating damages to Middelburg. The settlement was in ruins and the first rebuilding works started only after the end of the war. Middelburg authorities tried to make a precise copy of their homeland before the bombing. This is the reason why the city that tourists see today looks so old and authentic even though it is relatively new. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
When planning a vacation in Middelburg, don’t expect to find a rich cultural heritage. Basically, interesting buildings and the ever-pleasant atmosphere are the biggest advantages and drawing points of this Dutch city. The historic part of Middelburg is particularly interesting for tourists. It is not hard to find the old city center as an old moat surrounds it. It is important to mention that it was decided to keep the moat even though it is useless nowadays. When the city was rebuilt after World War II, the authorities saved it to maintain the original atmosphere of the old city center. To see unique historical dwellings, visit the following streets: Spaniaardstraat, Singelstraat, and the area near the abbey.
The Catholic monastery is a whole architectural complex consisting of several parts: the southern, northern, and north-eastern. The first part of the abbey is not hard to notice because it has a tall tower, the height of which is roughly ninety meters. Local people even gave a symbolic nickname to this attraction of Middelburg - Lange Jan or Tall John. Besides this notable landmark, tourists can see two interesting churches in this area, namely, Koorkerk and Nieuwe Kerk, which were built in the sixteenth century.
During a visit to the northern part of the abbey, you will find yourself in the interesting Zeeland Museum. The venue was renovated in 2007 and its collection got many new artifacts. Nowadays, this museum offers a large collection of Chinese porcelain, unique household items and decorations made of silver, and various paintings and tapestries by the great artists of Middelburg and the Netherlands in general. After the museum, it is time to explore the north-eastern part of the Catholic monastery. This is where tourists will find beautiful Oostkerk. This is a fine example of the Baroque style. The hexagonal cupola decorates the top of the building.
The city hall building is one more prominent attraction of Middelburg. Tourists will find it in the main square. The construction of the administrative building was finished in 1458. Nowadays, this is one of the signature landmarks of Middelburg. In the opinion of many, this is the most beautiful building in the whole city. Pay attention to the small statues in the city hall façade. These are the statues of the former rulers. Step into the building to see interesting and skillfully made Flemish decorative tapestries with different events of the past and interesting ornamental patterns.
Road E312 goes straight to Middelburg and connects this city to Eindhoven. There is also a daily train to the capital of the Zeeland province from Bergen op Zoom. The ride between the two cities lasts only half an hour. Moreover, there are regular trains to Middelburg from Rotterdam. The journey time is longer in this case – one and a half hours. When heading from Amsterdam, the ride will be one hour longer.

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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Middelburg
♥   Castle 'Ter Leyen Castle' , 27.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Oostkerke Castle' , 33.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Male Castle' , 39.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tillegem Castle' , 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Loppem Castle' , 47.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Middelburg
♥   National Park 'Oosterschelde' , 22.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Grenspark de Zoom - Kalmthoutse Heide' , 56.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Biesbosch' , 84.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Scarpe-Escaut' , 119.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Zuid-Kennemerland' , 121.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Middelburg from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Central Station Antwerp

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
Unfortunately, in the middle of the 20th century, the building was too close to be ruined. The reconstruction, that was made at the right time, saved the valuable architecture monument. The old station attracts a lot of people. Some visit it for moving to another place, another come here like in a museum. The huge shopping mall has also placed in the station. More than that, you can find over 30 jewellery saloons, several restaurants, and cafes. Waiting won't be boring at this railway station. It is a good place to visit for every tourist. This station is included in every tour around the city. … Read further

Antwerp City Hall

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
One of the main building decoration is the central sculpture of the Holy Mother. Near has placed other interesting compositions based on Bible history. The last huge reconstruction of the city hall was at the end of the 19th century. Practically all original elements were saved. The inner decoration of the hall was also saved. Today the main decoration of halls is the frescos. The walls and ceilings are covered with illustrations of the main historical events. Some halls have portraits of outstanding Belgium kings. The best Belgium artists of the Renaissance worked on them. … Read further
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