Ouwerkerk is the oldest village of former island Duiveland, these days part of the island Schouwen-Duiveland. Unsurprisingly, there is not only an “Ouwerkerk”, but also a “Nieuwerkerk”. Both villages owe their name to the construction of the new church in what is now Nieuwerkerk.
Ouwerkerk as a difficult history in which the medieval church tower was blown up during the Second World War. After the war, the village was hit again badly during the 1953 North Sea floods in which one in six villagers was killed. Also many buildings were lost in this natural disaster. The dike of Ouwerkerk was the last one to be closed up again nine months after that particular night. In the four caissons that were used for the closing the dike, the Watersnoodmuseum (Flood disaster museum) has now taken up residency. It is one of the most important attractions of the village which has tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Ouwerkerk is not far from the old Dutch town of Zierikzee and is situated along the Oosterschelde, the biggest national park of the Netherlands. It is a world of tides, wind and, especially, lots of water. There is much to do in, on and around the water. Except for mussels and oysters, there are also seals and porpoises that live here.
The southern coast of Schouwen-Duiveland is also called the “vogelboulevard” (bird boulevard) of Zeeland. Thousands, and sometimes even tens of thousands, of waders, seagulls, geese, and ducks, stay here in the brackish swamp water. A fantastic place for bird lovers. Walking or cycling along the Oosterschelde, you can enjoy the fresh air and the panoramic views of land and water.
More inland, Schouwen-Duiveland is perfect for long cycling tours through a landscape we don’t see often anymore in the Netherlands. The many quiet country lanes take you along characteristic villages and offer you various safe cycling routes.
Lovers of forest and beach will also have a great time here. Apart from the long North Sea coast with its vast and broad sandy beaches, you will also find Zeeland’s largest forest here: the “Domeinen” which has one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of the country.
Most important attraction in the village of Ouwerkerk is the Watersnoodmuseum. Five kilometres from the village is the town of Zierikzee. For a relatively small town, it has a great number of monuments: no less than 568. The “Sint-Lievensmonstertoren” and the Noord- en Zuidhavenpoort, are the most important ones.
Southwest of Ouwerkerk you will find the most important part of the famous Delta Works: the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm surge barrier connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the family water park of the same name.
The village of Ouwerkerk has not much shops or entertainment. For a more extensive offer of shops and businesses, you will need to visit neighbouring villages and towns.
Also worth a visit, besides Zierikzee, are the historic towns Veere and Middelburg or the seaside resorts Renesse and Domburg.
For more information about Ouwerkerk and its surrounding area, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.
Ouwerkerk || Zeeland
This lovely detached holiday home has an unobstructed view of the Zeeland farmland. You can enjoy the sunset in peace!
The living room is generous and comfortable. Two bedrooms, a well-equipped kitch…