Its tactical position on the Westerschelde has often put Vlissingen in the frontline of battles. Bike through history in the Vlissingen area, to see what’s left of the historical defence lines.
Armies from Spain, France, Britain and Germany all made attempts at conquering the town. In fact, there were but a handful of homes left standing in the Second World War. Not to mention the everlasting battle with the sea, which damaged the area profoundly, too.
Fortresses and the like of every age, from Napoleonic stone men all the way to the German Atlantikwall. It all points to this simple fact: those Zeeuws folk sure are an intractable lot!