We know that Zeeland is famous for its magnificent North Sea coast and has the most sunshine hours in the country, but did you also know that flamingos live here in the wild? Each year, between January and April, a flock of flamingos touches down in the Grevelingenmeer (Lake Grevelingen). A rather strange phenomenon, these tropical birds between water sports enthusiasts and windmills. They sometimes even stand with their legs in the snow.
Directly situated at the Grevelingenmeer, the largest saltwater lake of Western Europe, is the former fortified town Brouwershaven. This friendly town is one of seventeen places in Zeeland with a protected townscape. The old town centre, originally situated between the town ramparts and the canal, has many historic buildings with magnificent facades.
Salty air, sandbanks, land and coastal birds, but also wild horses and roe deer. On the Grevelingen, the best of fresh and salt gets together. Lake Grevelingen, the natural border between Zeeland and Zuid-Holland, is favourite with divers. Because of the stagnant water, the soil particles have descended, so that the water is very clear.
On the west side, the lake is separated from the North Sea by the Brouwersdam, which is part of the Delta Works. The area around the dam is favourite with water sports enthusiasts and is perfect for windsurfing and kiting.
Just outside of Brouwershaven is Den Osse, a well-known holiday resort with various holiday parks and a marina. South of Brouwershaven and more inland, Schouwen-Duiveland offers you a diverse landscape. You can visit the beautiful North Sea coast here with its broad beaches near Renesse or you can take a long walk through the “Domeinen”, the biggest forest of Zeeland. Here, you will also find one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of the country. Schouwen-Duiveland is perfect for long cycling tours through a landscape that we don’t see much anymore in the Netherlands. The many country roads take you past characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling paths.
One of the best-known sights in Brouwershaven is the church “Grote- of Sint Nicolaaskerk”, an impressive building of which everyone wonders how it is possible that it can be found in such a small town. The church is huge, and the oldest part even dates to the 15th century.
Besides the church, there is also the very photogenic Town hall, a monumental building at the market. The old town harbour is now used as a marina.
In the summer, a roundtrip boat leaves from nearby Den Osse for a trip of the Grevelingen. There is also the possibility of sailing along on a historic sailing ship.
Upon leaving the island of Schouwen-Duiveland in the south, you will pass another part of the world-famous Delta Works: the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm flood surge connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the family water park of the same name.
Brouwershaven has two supermarkets, a butcher’s and several lovely restaurants. For a more extensive offer of shops and businesses, you can go to one of the surrounding villages and towns.
Also worth a visit are the old Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg, or seaside resorts Renesse and Domburg.
For more information about Brouwershaven and its surrounding area, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.
Brouwershaven || Zeeland
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