Wemeldinge, or Weumeldienge, sits on the Oosterschelde estuary on Zuid-Beveland. Its main street (Dorpsstraat) is designated as a protected village view. This is a popular destination for water sports lovers.
The village was originally developed around three vliedbergen (mounds once topped by castles). One of them is still visible and, at 12 metres high, is the tallest in Zeeland. In the 12th century, the population moved to a higher dike, now the location of Dorpsstraat.
The history of Wemeldinge
Three factories were built in 19th-century Wemeldinge to grind the roots of the common madder. That powder was then used to make a red dye for the textile industry.
The construction of the canal through Zuid-Beveland allowed Wemeldinge to develop as a centre for inland shipping. In its heyday, this was Europe’s busiest canal. But the shipping industry on Zuid-Beveland declined after the opening of the Scheldt–Rhine Canal.
Agriculture and horticulture are now important pillars of Wemeldinge’s economy. As is tourism: the marina, campsites and holiday parks make this village a popular destination. Many divers also find their way here thanks to the nearby Oosterschelde.
Wemeldinge’s church dates to the 15th century, and the church tower is at least a century older. The church stands atop one of the artificial hills on which Wemeldinge originated.
There are two grain mills in Wemeldinge: De Hoop (1866) and de Aeolus (1869). De Hoop is open every Saturday afternoon, and de Aeolus can be visited by appointment.
Events are regularly organised in Wemeldinge. Check out our event calendar to discover what is going on where.