Vlissingen, Zoutelande and Westkapelle

Cycling in Vlissingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 137018

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15541 222
61.0 km
03:35 h
1075 kcal
10 m
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Vlissingen is a beautiful city with a maritime character and one of the protected city and village views in the province of Zeeland. Wonderful beaches (Nollestrand and Badstrand), pleasant boulevards and a beautiful marina that many people look forward to. The south pier is graced by a bamboo-piped wind organ, whose notes are carried through the air when the wind blows strongly and thus plays the instrument. In the center you will find about three hundred monuments, which make Vlissingen the 30th monument city in the Netherlands. Westkapelle has a very different, much smaller-scale atmosphere and a history that is closely related to the Second World War. The village was badly hit by a bombardment and was almost completely wiped off the map. In 2013, there is still a creek in Westkapelle, which was created as a result of the bombing. A clear reminder of the war and the liberation is the Sherman tank that still overlooks the water on the dike. Near the lighthouse'Hoge Licht\\\', for which Westkapelle is known, are also the graves of the war victims. From the starting point it is just under two kilometers by bike to the first attraction of the route: the Oranjemolen in Vlissingen. This scaffolding mill used to be a corn and hulling mill, but in 2013 it only grinds on a voluntary basis. Due to its location, you can see the mill from afar. The exact year of construction of the historical heritage is not known, but as the mill was already mentioned in writing in 1699, it must be even older than that. The Oranjemolen is the windmill closest to the coastline in the Netherlands and it is the only one of 23 city mills in Vlissingen that has stood the test of time. Then you cycle further to the mill in Zoutelande. You can't help but smell the salty sea air on the way. The mill from 1722 looms on the horizon as you approach the village. The Zoutelande mill was built after its predecessor had blown over. The ground sailor still grinds grain, but now does so with a miller who works on a voluntary basis. Continue your journey along the sea and set course for the Lage lighthouse of Westkapelle (Noorderhoofd). The red lighthouse was built in 1875 and has a height of 11.5 meters. Because Westkapelle has two lighthouses and the other has a higher light signal, it is called the"Westkapelle Low\\\". The four-storey lighthouse looks simple, but is a beautiful object. The Meliskerkse windmill is just under five kilometers away in Meliskerke. This round, stone ground sailer dates from 1801. The flour mill was built to replace a post mill, which was blown over during a violent storm. The mill milled grain until 1954, but then fell into disrepair until it was restored in 1987. If you are curious about how the mill works, you can visit it on Saturdays. Nature lovers will be amazed by the Ter Hooge estate. The approximately 25 hectare estate consists largely of a park and forest area. The park is mainly laid out in the English landscape style: extensive lawns, fairytale water features were designed here after the Second War. The park stretches out around a beautiful castle. Two tendril-like, octagonal stair towers rise high above the estate. A first castle was built here in the Middle Ages, but the current complex was built in 1755 on the foundations of the old castle. About ten kilometers further, at the mouth of the former Welzinge Canal that gave access to the port of Middelburg, stands Fort Rammekens. The fortress used to be called Zeeburg and in 1496 it was not yet a fortress, but a bay where ships moored. It is the oldest surviving sea fortress in Western Europe. Fort Rammekens was built in 1547 to protect and control the busy shipping routes to Antwerp and Middelburg. The fortress was built over the former seawall in the form of a diamond. A bastion, with thick walls in which cannons could be placed, was erected, facing the Western Scheldt. Half-bastions with cannons were built at the ends of the walls, which were given an earthen cover in the time after Napoleon. A lot of natural stone was used during the construction of the fort, because it was better able to withstand the salt water and for defense the fort was given a moat on the inland side. Fort Rammekens was in the hands of the Spaniards, the French and the English after 1560, but in 1814 it became permanent Dutch possession again. The defensive function was abolished in 1869, but it continued to be used as a powder magazine.
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Directions

# Description Distance
Brasserie Evertsen (De Ruyterplein, 4381BZ, Vlissingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
88
88 (4381LE, Vlissingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.94 km
81
81 (Galgeweg, 4384LX, Vlissingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 4.68 km
80
80 (John O. Forfarstraat, 4371JB, Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 6.26 km
44
44 (4373RP, Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 8.82 km
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42 (Nieuwstraat, 4374BD, Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 10.89 km

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