Bruinisse is a fishing village in Schouwen-Duiveland. Its position between Grevelingenmeer and the Oosterschelde estuary mean it’s a popular holiday destination. Not just for its scrumptious Zeeland mussels, but also for its heritage and coastal charms. Read more about Bruinisse here.

Schouwen-Duiveland’s fishing village

Bruinisse, or simply ‘Bru’, is Schouwen-Duiveland’s premier fishing village. Its large yield of mussels and the fishing boats bear witness to this. Added to this are the many restaurants which dish up delicious mussels during the season. Discover Bruinisse’s rich past and its mussels in the Brusea museum. The museum consists of the Visserijmuseum itself and the Vissersuusje (fisherman’s cottage).

What to do in Bruinisse

Waterside pursuits

Bruinisse is in the Nationaal Park Oosterschelde, as well as on the Grevelingenmeer. Both these areas are home to many special flora and fauna. You can also see seals and spot all kinds of different birds. Grevelingenmeer is ideal for watersports enthusiasts. Fancy a nice cycle tour? The Watersnoodroute takes you along Grevelingenmeer and the Oosterschelde estuary.


Close to Bruinisse is the Watersnoodmuseum, dedicated to the North Sea Flood of 1953. It’s a place which tells water-related stories. You can learn about the great flood of 1953, the post-flood recovery, the Delta Works and water safety. Definitely worth a visit!

Fishery Days

The opening of the mussel season is marked by the annual Fishery Days, when the whole village comes out to celebrate mussels. There are all kinds of things to see and do. For example, a street market, a fun fair, musical performances and lots of other amusement.