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The train from Rotterdam to Vlissingen

Vlissingen (or Flushing in English) is a nice town in Zeeland to visit for one or more days, it has a lot and nice things to offer.

Vlissingen is the only town in the Netherlands which has its historical centre right by the sea.

So you can see both on one day.

 

I took the train which brought me in one hour and 35 minutes from Rotterdam to Vlissingen.

Near the station of Vlissingen was a bus, line 56, which drove me to this nice and cosy, but especially interesting city.

The bus stopping place to visit Vlissingen centre and the beach is called: “Betje Wolffplein”.

The center of Vlissingen

When you like to walk, you can do the footpath from the station to the centre called “Groene Boulevard”.

In historical houses there are lively pubs and restaurants where you can eat or have a drink.

A stroll along the 2 kilometres long seafront is also really a must.

During this walk, you discover more about Vlissingen and you can see how enormous container ships pass by at a very short distance or enjoy Zeeland’s salubrious air on one of the beaches.

 

The derivation of the name Vlissingen is unclear, though most scholars relate the name to the word fles (bottle) in one way or another.

 

Together, the ports of Vlissingen-Oost (East Flushing) and Terneuzen form Zeeland Seaports.

Based on handling capacity, they represent the third biggest port in the Netherlands after Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

The seafront

Around 250 businesses are based in the port area, with most falling under high-end industry or port-related business. Taken together, they are the engine of the Zeeland economy.

Vlissingen has been an important harbour for centuries

In the 17th century Vlissingen was an important port for the ships of the Dutch East India Company.

Vlissingen is also known as the birthplace of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter

Michiel Adriaanszoon de Ruyter is one of the most famous admirals in History of the Netherlands.

De Ruyter is most famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century

In the Golden Age (Gouden Eeuw) ships from Vlissingen have sailed all seas and contributed to the world power of  'De Zeven Provincien' (The Seven Provinces).

There’s a museum, called “muZEEum” where you can see the history of Vlissingen and more; you can find this museum between the beach and the centre of Vlissingen.

He shows you how to eat a herring.

 

Vlissingen was also especially well known as the centre of Haring (herring)

Herring are small, oily fish.

In The Netherlands, herring have played a major role in historical and economic development dating back to the 14th century.

Herring are very high in healthy and also a source of vitamin D.

In Holland we say: “Haring in het land, dokter aan de kant” (in English: Herring in the country, doctor on the side)

A typical Dutch delicacy is Hollandse Nieuwe, or soused herring, which is raw herring from the catches around the end of spring and the beginning of summer.

This is typically eaten with raw onions. Hollandse nieuwe is only available in spring when the first seasonal catch of herring is brought in. This is celebrated in festivals

In 2009, the first day of the new herring is on Tuesday, June 9, then you can get the best herring in the Netherlands, but you have to go to a good address, not all fish stalls are good.

So Vlissingen is really worth a visit for at least one day; I recommend it to everyone who visit Holland and don’t forget to eat a new herring, when you are there in spring!

 

 

aggieaggie says:
Thanks Eva!
I think without a coat is the best, but we have to be patient, waiting for the sun:-)
Posted on: Feb 25, 2009
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The train from Rotterdam to Vlissi…
The train from Rotterdam to Vliss…
The center of Vlissingen
The center of Vlissingen
The seafront
The seafront
He shows you how to eat a herring.
He shows you how to eat a herring.
Michiel de Ruyter
Michiel de Ruyter
About Michiel de Ruyter
About Michiel de Ruyter
A brave rescuer of castaway
A brave rescuer of castaway
A brave rescuer of castaway
A brave rescuer of castaway
The train station
The train station
The Arsenaal
The Arsenaal
The map of Vlissingen
The map of Vlissingen
Vlissingen
photo by: Vlindeke