Enjoying the attractive capital of Zeeland

Hiking in Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands

Hiking route 184714

Provided by: Groots Genieten

5079 98
18.8 km
04:41 h
1068 kcal
8 m
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Description

This walk takes you from the countryside to Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland. You start and end your walk near Koudekerke, where you will pass windmill De Lelie, a corn and hulling mill from 1872. You walk through the quiet polder with its grass and arable lands to the Ter Hooge estate. This approximately 25 hectare estate consists largely of a park and forest area. The park is mainly laid out in the English landscape style and extends around a beautiful castle. Two octagonal stair towers rise high above the estate. The first castle was built here in the Middle Ages, but the current complex was built in 1755 on the foundations of the old castle. Middelburg has a rich past: after the threat from Vikings had passed, the former burg started to take advantage of its favorable location on the water. Middelburg developed into a trading center and was the second most important city in the Netherlands at the time of the VOC. In 200 years, more than 300 new ships were built at the shipyards. In the center of Middelburg you can still see buildings that recall this golden period. The Dam Square, for example, was originally the end point of the old sixteenth-century harbor. This harbor still has a wooden bottom. There are many beautiful patrician houses along the Dam. Be sure to walk into the Kuiperspoort, a well-hidden and picturesque street with old warehouses, restored houses, stepped gables and beautiful details. They give you a good idea of what Middelburg looked like from the time of the VOC. In the middle of the city you will pass the Abbey complex, which consists of a fairly round building with four large towers, various gates and in the middle the Abbey Square. It is a good place to relax. Although there are of course more places like this to be found in Middelburg with its many cozy cafes. During your walk you walk several times out of the old ring wall of Middelburg, so that you have a beautiful view of the former fortifications. You will see the Seismolen, a former flour mill from 1728. While walking across the Vlissings Bolwerk you will come face to face with the De Hoop windmill, a former corn and hulling mill from 1735. After all this Middelburg eye candy, walk you just go back into the polder before you return home after a long but beautiful day.
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Directions

# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats (Ter Poorteweg, 4371RN, Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
De Lelie (4371RL, Veere, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 0.92 km
Kasteel Ter Hooge (4335 SP, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 4.28 km
De Hoop (De Hoop, 4331NC, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 6.22 km
Seismolen (4334AC, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 7.00 km
De Koning (4332BC, Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 9.71 km

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  • Veere, Zeeland
  • Middelburg, Zeeland

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