Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands Cruise Port
If you're looking to take a cruise to a city that's quintessentially Dutch, then the charming port of Middelburg in The Netherlands is just what you need. Located in the southwestern Netherlands and capital of the province of Zeeland, Middelburg dates back as far as the 8th century, originally performing as one of three fortified towns that protected its citizens from Viking raids. It became an important medieval trading center, and continued to grow; by the 17th century, the period known as the Dutch Golden Age saw Middelburg become one of the Dutch East India Company's most vital ports. While Middelburg has modernized over the years, it has retained much of his history and picturesque flavor. The city is surrounded by canals, much like Amsterdam, which have 17th and 18th century merchant homes along their banks. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Middelburg (Zeeland), The Netherlands:
Town Hall and its 14th-century facade are a fantastic combination of architectural styles, incorporating 17th-century design within the parts facing Lange Noordstraat. It’s considered one of the most beautiful single buildings within the country; during the summer months, you can tour the inside as well as the outside.
Explore area history and art at the Zeeuws Museum with its large collection of artwork, tapestries, and artefacts both old and modern. Visiting exhibitions such as "Social Media from Middle Ages" are fun as well as informative, and the surrounding grounds are worth a stroll afterward.
The medieval Abbey Tower of Long John (Abdijtoren de Lange Jan) is the tallest in town, and a fairly famous Middelburg landmark. Climb the 207 stairs for an excellent view of the city (although you can't go to the very top); on clear days, you can also see the nearby islands of Zeeland.
One of the best ways to explore both Middelburg and the Walcheren peninsula is by bicycle, using the Middleburg Cycle Route. Rent a bike and take a leisurely ride along the canals until you reach the lovely town of Veere (about five miles), with its cobblestone streets and plenty more bike paths.