Did you know that the present church tower of the Kortgene was completely under water for 150 years? Kortgene is the only town within the municipality Noord-Beveland with a municipal charter. In the 16th century, the town was completely engulfed during major flooding. Late 17th century, the town was reclaimed and then it became apparent that the church tower was the only building that had survived during the many years the town had been under water. This makes the 15th century church tower the oldest monument on the island.
Kortgene is situated on the shores of the "Veerse Meer" (Lake Veerse). This former estuary was completely contained after the construction of the Delta Works so that the brackish water is now stagnant. On the lake you will find all sorts of water sport activities. Because of the shallow shores and the calm water, it is relatively safe to let your children play here.
The lake is surrounded by a cycling trail of 65 kilometres long. In the summer, small foot ferries sail between Kamperland and Veere, and Kortgene and Wolphaartsdijk, making this route shorter.
For hikers, the area around the Veerse Meer is quite an experience. Vast nature areas are alternate with cultural sights in the surrounding villages.
The island Noord-Beveland with the town of the same name, is the second smallest island of the province of Zeeland. Until the building of the dams in 1960, the island had been rather isolated and could only be reached by ferry. It is one of the least populated areas of the Netherlands and therefore very suitable for those who prefer peace and quiet.
Just south of Kortgene are Zuid-Beveland and Walcheren, with cities such as Goes, Middelburg and Veere. In the north is Schouwen-Duiveland where you can visit the town of Zierikzee, and the largest forest and dune region of the province: the “Domeinen”, which has one of the most beautiful mountain bike trails of the country.
Kortgene’s oldest monument, the tower of the “Nicolaas church” is of course worth a visit. The same goes for windmill “De Korenbloem”, which, after almost 40 years without sails, is now back in business since 2011.
Kortgene also has a large and modern marina at the Veerse Meer and a small beach where you can still enjoy yourself without stumbling upon the many tourists that visit Zeeland during the summer. If you are in for a bit more excitement or a vast beach on the North Sea coast, then you should visit Banjaardstrand (Banjaard beach), one of the most popular beaches with a view of the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm surge barrier connects Noord-Beveland with the island of Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the family water park.
Kortgene has a supermarket, a bakery, a bike rental shop, and various restaurants.
Also worth a visit are the old Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere en Middelburg, and the seaside resorts Renesse and Domburg.
For more information about Kortgene and its surrounding area we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.
Kortgene || Zeeland
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