Zierikzee makes a heart throb
This captivating small town is steeped in history, with a good 500 listed buildings. It is deservedly among the Top Ten Dutch ‘monumental towns’. Best visited on foot, it’s a feast of squares and piazzas, alleyways, urban lanes, ornate façades and harbours with tales for the telling. You’ll notice shops and terraces too. A lucky dip for a day, a weekend.
Sitting on the dock of Zierikzee
Gateways to history
Town hall begat a museum
Harbour porpoises, live on air
Our watery mammal neighbours – porpoises – have settled well in the Oosterschelde, happily fishing and raising their offspring. You won’t always see them below the surface, listen to their conversations live on the Studio Bruinvis exhibit at the entrance to Zierikzee harbour.
Chubby Tower to its friends
No way, except in a pea-souper of a sea mist, can you miss the Sint Lievens Monstertoren from many miles away. It stands 62 metres above Zierikzee, and so can you, if you climb it. Your reward: an intimate topography of town and region, and the Oosterschelde estuary. The tower was once planned to be 130 metres high. Its weight was seen as a threat to the adjoining Gothic Church, so that was built separately.