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Middelburg: the capital of Zeeland and an important part of Walcheren! There is always so much going on in Middelburg, and with its historic city centre this Zeeland highlight for a city break is definitely not to be missed!

History of Middelburg

As you walk through Middelburg, you cannot help but notice it: this city has a lot of history. Middelburg has more than 1,100 listed buildings! The city may not be enormous today, but Middelburg was once a metropolis and an important place for the VOC. In those days, it was one of the world's most important trading centres, where ships from all corners of the world arrived to unload their treasures. One of the buildings you simply have to see in Middelburg is its historic Town Hall, built in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Zeeuws Museum, located in Middelburg Abbey, is also worth a visit if you want to find out more about the history of Zeeland. The Kloveniersdoelen is another very impressive historic building, where you can also have lunch, as it happens! If you want to enjoy the best views in Middelburg, you should definitely climb the steps of Lange Jan (Tall John Abbey Tower). You will need to catch your breath after climbing the 207 steps, but you will be richly rewarded!

Dining out in Middelburg

In Middelburg, they know what they are doing when it comes do food and drink. All around the beautiful city centre you will find several squares with terraces and fabulous restaurants. In fact, Middelburg's Markt (Market Square) is one of the largest market squares in the Netherlands! Most of the hospitality establishments are concentrated there, such as De Herberg. It is the perfect place to enjoy drinks on the terrace after a long city walk. The convivial restaurant offers a variety of dishes, from salmon carpaccio to falafel, chicken satay, asparagus with prawns and risotto croquettes: you name it, they have it!

You'll be spoilt for choice with all these great places to eat. For real gourmets, here is our ultimate tip for Middelburg: Het Zeeuws Ministerie van Chocolade & Culinaire Zaken at Lange Noordstraat 8, a chocolatier and culinary shop that is an absolute must-see when visiting the city! The shop sells chocolates, local produce, culinary gifts and much, much more. And if you thought this could not possibly be improved, think again! The shop recently started selling fresh and gorgeous macarons by 'Makarons'. Not only do these macarons taste delicious, they also look amazing. From simple flavours to intricate creations and crazy combos, prepare to be amazed. Needless to say, this tip is only for real chocolate and macaron lovers!

Things to do in Middelburg 

Are you looking for a place where you can enjoy strolling through the convivial and vibrant centre, but which also offers a quick escape to unspoilt nature? Middelburg is not far from the coast, and so a trip to the beach is a breeze. Whatever you end up choosing: Middelburg has something for everyone and is thoroughly enjoyable. If you are looking for adventure, choose Escape Room Middelburg or Prison Island Middelburg. Middelburg also offers fantastic shopping opportunities!
Middelburg has many shops, including elegant boutiques with unique products. A city walk Middelburg is the answer, stroll through the streets, past the shops, and take a break on a terrace: the perfect way to savour everything Middelburg has to offer. Don't forget to stop by the colourfully decorated Reigerstraat. Be sure to take a fun picture here, at the most photographed spot in the city.

A holiday home in Middelburg

Middelburg has so much to offer, it is a great city to stay in. At Welcome.in we have a wide selection of holiday homes that can be booked for short or long stays. Enjoy everything that Middelburg has to offer. Click here to discover our selection of holiday homes in Middelburg!