Zeeland is at once an engineering feat, a region coursed through by waterways, and a holdover from medieval times. It' also a great place for local fare given its fresh seafood catch and a breadbasket for the country due to its farmland. Its primary towns, Middleburg (the capital) and Flushing, are charming and nostalgic.
Flushing, on the island of Walcheren in the North Sea, is a port town that dates to 1315. It has been an important harbor town for centuries and has given the country several well-known seamen, and was once a port for the Dutch East India Company. Though the city was roundly attacked by sea during wars through the centuries, its illustrious Town Hall still stands as well as many of the houses and churches built in the old world style.
A short trip away is Middelburg, whose history dates to the Middle Ages. Like Zeeland, the Town Hall, in the Burgundian style, is among the most impressive structures of the city, but there is also an abbey made up of buildings from the 1100s through the 1400s. The streets are charming and eccentric, the square features shops and restaurants alongside beautiful residences from times past, and the town alternates between modern and ancient.
The Dutch parks and lodges are a restful complement to a day filled with shopping, taking in sights or just exploring the seascapes and fields of Zeeland.
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