Middelburg is home to a variety of unique clothing shops, exquisite restaurants, fun cafes and bars, as well as bookstores, pizzerias, plant shops and a cinema! What’s unique is that you can find most of these in the center of the city, a few steps away from UCR’s main building, Franklin. “De Drvkkery” sells books and has a fantastic lunchroom, “Honeypie” is the place to go for a cup of coffee and a delectable slice of cake, “Seventy-Seven” is one of the most popular bars among students, “Il Senso” serves some of the best pizzas in town and “Plantaardig” is the dream shop of any house plant fanatic. Whatever you’re looking for, you will find it here in Middelburg!
On the other hand, all of the other cities in Zeeland are easily accessible from Middelburg, and are just a short bike, train or bus ride away. For example, you can get to the beautiful beaches of Vlissingen in under 25 minutes by bike, to lovely Goes in just 14 minutes by train and to the bustling resorts of Domburg in just 30 minutes by bus. In fact, as the heart and soul of the province, Middelburg allows ease of access to all of the other hotspots of Zeeland. If you’re also a fan of beaches, you can find a beach in any direction: some of the most popular destinations are Vlissingen, Zoutelande and Domburg. The Vlissingen beach is also home to one of the biggest cinema screens in the Netherlands, but movies can also be seen in Cinema Middelburg at the Kloveniersdoelen.
One of my favorite memories during my time at UCR is going bowling with my friends at De Kruitmolen.
For those who prefer live plays and concerts, the Stadsschouwburg and De Spot are the places to be. For those who fancy the arts, you can visit the Zeeuws Museum and the Vleeshal. Or if you prefer sports or the outdoors, students can go for a swim at the pool in Vlissingen, get a membership in one of the multiple gyms in the area, or, our recommendation, join the student rowing association MSRA Odin!
Finally, for those who want to venture afield, Amsterdam is easily accessible by direct train from Middelburg’s station. Fun weekend getaway to the Dam? It will take you just a couple of hours by train. All in all, Middelburg’s the place to be!