MuseumsIn the beautiful hinterland of West Zeeuws-Vlaanderen lie traces and stories of over 2000 years of our region's history. It is a region marked by struggle: a centuries-old struggle against the water won by reclamation and old dikes and a struggle against occupiers from various corners of Europe. The result is a borderland with stout, epicurean inhabitants, used to pioneering, innovating, adapting and living well. This fascinating heritage landscape is full of stories and places of interest.
DIVE INTO HISTORYDive into the past and visit one of our many museums, where enthusiastic hosts will take you on a journey through time. Travel from Roman artefacts in the Archaeological Museum in Aardenburg along medieval polders to the old epicurean town of Sluis with the only belfry in the Netherlands. Continue to Het Bolwerk Museum in IJzendijke and learn about defence works and the States-Spanish Lines, the remains of which can still be seen scattered throughout the landscape.
The Groede church tower can be seen from afar and guides you to this historic village. Once there, visit Het Vlaemsche Erfgoed on Slijkstraat to learn about traditional life in an agricultural village in the first half of the last century. Historically accurate shops and workshops in Groede take you back to the days of yore.
Museum House 1912 in Nieuwvliet offers a glimpse into the region's inhabitants' lives at the beginning of the 20th century. You can learn more about agricultural history illustrated with old machines and tools at Landbouwmuseum Het Klinket in Schoondijke. Dive into the rich maritime history at the Visserijmuseum in the fishing town of Breskens. A climb to the old lighthouse further up the coast offers a wonderful view of the coast and the hinterland.
The Second World War (1939–1945) also left deep scars. A trip along and through the well-preserved bunkers in Stützpunkt Groede, part of the Atlantic Wall and transformed into the Groede Podium Play and Bunker Park, bring stories back to life. Experience the Battle of the Scheldt in the extraordinary collection at the Switchback Museum in Oostburg. Museum Café Het Koekoeksnest (the Cuckoo's Nest) will amaze you with a colourful collection of puppets, sets and automatic instruments.
FOR YOUNG AND OLDThe rich cultural and historical hinterland offers a fascinating journey through living history for young and old, connected by sights and numerous stories of Roman bathhouses and customs, brave citizens, rich epicureans, hard-working farmers, beachcombers, smugglers and hospitable, creative and clever inhabitants, set against a backdrop of ancient polders and creeks, beautiful churches and buildings, and old cobblestone streets. It is reminiscent of exciting and dangerous times. The combination of beach and hinterland in this far corner between Flanders and the rest of Zeeland make this an extraordinary place: Zeelandic and Flemish!