I was invited by the Middelburg municipality last December. A beautiful town in the south of Indonesia, known only to most individuals as a location close to the beach. Sin! There is so much more to Middelburg to offer. I found the most lovely houses and the most lovely alleys throughout my winter weekend away. Moreover, I learned a lot about this city’s wealthy history. Did you know, for instance, that in the VOC era Middelburg and Amsterdam worked very strongly together? I want to inform you more about the Middelburg special.
Starting at Drvkkeryto is the best way to explore Middelburg. You can’t miss the building with its enormous glass front because of its central place on the market. Enter a lovely bookstore with a very appealing conservatory and be amazed. At the tourist store situated in the same building, you can get a convenient city map so you never have to be lost. During lunchtime, we were at the Drvkkery and the place was packed. A fine sign! You can also book a Drvkkery town walk. We’ve been walking this town and can honestly say we’ve been impressed. What a friend of our guide! She knew a lot about Middelburg’s history and she answered every question extensively. People who l
The Tall Jan
There is no doubt that one of Middelburg’s most popular sights is the Lange Jan. He towers over the inner city in the middle of the center like a huge city guard. Because the center of Middelburg is constructed on an elevated piece of soil, the Lange Jan appears to be even greater than it really is and is no tiny tower with its 90.5 meters. I climbed the 207 steps of this abbey tower during my visit to be treated to a lovely Middelburg perspective. The only sad thing about the climb was that you couldn’t go up the whole way. You come out in the space of the tower, which is still just a few meters below the top. To be permitted to climb the tower, you pay 4 euros.
The Town Hall
As in so many locations, Middelburg’s town hall is also a true sight. I was thinking about the architectural style in Leuven and Ghent as shortly as I saw the building. Later I heard that this wasn’t a crazy concept during the city walk: two Flemish people designed and constructed the town hall. During World War II, the building endured significant harm. Actually, only the façade was still standing at the end of the war. Oddly enough you see nothing about it and you see nothing about it
I would swear that the entire 17th-century building was so beautifully renovated. Nevertheless, this is very typical of Middelburg: there are’ ancient’ houses throughout the town that appear to date from the second half of the last century on closer examination. The municipality attaches excellent significance to its heritage and after the war has decided to return all to its initial state. This is what I enjoy: the past is honored and the town maintains its lovely ancient look. Occasionally, the town hall is open to the public. After our visit, a Chanouka celebration would take place the night.
The Zeeland museum
I enjoy going to a new town museum. The Zeeuws Museum informs the tale of Zeeland and Walcheren (the part of Zeeland where Middelburg is situated) beautifully. The present exhibition is about traditional costumes in Zeeland and how for centuries clothes have been created. Moreover, an exhibition about social media in the Middle Ages has just been launched. Craftsmanship is also essential here. Clearly, this museum doesn’t just want to demonstrate something from forgotten times: it wants to preserve traditions and do something with them actively. So Zeeland retains its own identity and there is no loss of craftsmanship. I believe it’s great to see and I was really thinking.
Middelburg’s town center is, in fact, a big open-air museum. Most houses date back to the 16th or 17th century, which provides you the impression that you have traveled back in time from time to time. Funny fact: for several centuries, many ancient buildings were in bad shape. This was sold by the municipality for relatively little money, provided the new residents would do it in the old architectural style. Regulations have even been made for the color of the paint so that it does not deviate from the colors used in the past. This scheme has paid off, as all the houses are looking for a ring to get through. The region around the harbor is, in my view, the most lovely. If you’re going
The Kloveniersdoelen is a beautiful ancient building you’ll find as you walk out of the shopping street. It was once constructed as a shooter training site and has had all kinds of objectives since then. There’s a cinema in it now, and there you can have a drink and lunch. We chose to eat a bite at night and were not disappointed. I chose a vegetarian beet burger while my friend was enjoying a chicken satay plate. He said it was the tenderest chicken satay he’d ever eaten and was my beet burger as well. We had a city walk on our second day in Middelburg which ended at the Kloveniersdoelen as well. We’ve been treated this moment to delicious mulled.
The Vleeshal is in the same construction as the Municipal Hall. You will discover various exhibitions here and there will be a platform for less well-known artists. Unfortunately, when we were in Middelburg there wasn’t much to see: there were only lengthy garlands complete of Sinterklaas children’s sketches. Not very natural at all, but now I’m very curious about what space looks like if it’s filled with special works of art. The Vleeshal entrance is free.
I was really amazed by Middelburg. Before I said it’s a great winter city to visit and I can’t imagine I haven’t persuaded you to go that way yet. There’s a lot to see and do and there’s a beautiful and quiet winter period.