Wolphaartsdijk, on Zuid-Beveland, sits on the banks of the Veerse Meer lagoon. That makes it a popular destination for water sports lovers.
The village’s name has a confusing history. In the Middle Ages, Oosterkerke was one of three villages on an island called Wolphaartsdijk. After massive floods in the 13th century, what remained was called Oosterland. But the name devolved back to Oosterkerke over time and, by the mid-20th century, it was officially ‘Oosterkerke (Wolphaartsdijk)’. Since it had long been more popularly (and simply) known as Wolphaartsdijk, the name was officially changed in 1960.
Like much of Zeeland, Wolphaartsdijk was hard hit by the North Sea flood of 1953. Fourteen villagers and many cattle were drowned by the sea. The Delta Works project grew out of this disaster, and the construction of two dams created the Veerse Meer. It also ended the ferry services between Wolphaartsdijk and Kortgene, because Noord-Beveland was no longer an island.
Its location on the Veerse Meer has given Wolphaartsdijk many harbours and recreational activities. Visit the sailing school and the various water sports shops. Two recreational areas—’De Piet’ and ‘Schelphoek’—are also popular destinations for visitors and locals.
The Nicolaus church in the village was built in a neo-Byzantine style and dates to 1862. Under its floor, untouched by renovation, lies the slab floor from the 14th-century church that once stood in its place.
The De Hoop windmill is a village icon, standing proudly on a dike. Initially it stood directly on the ground, but a conflict over wind rights led the owner to raise it 10 metres off the ground. It was raised another 70 centimetres after a fire, giving it a unique appearance.
Events regularly occur in and around Wolphaartsdijk. Check out our event calendar to see what’s going on.