Water. For as long as Middelburg has been around, the city has always coexisted with water. We have fought against the water and we have learned how to use it to our advantage. As a major trading town in the 17th century, vessels delivered goods right up into the town center. These days, the city harbor is filled with pleasure yachts. The canal connects us to the North Sea and Lake Veere. This means you can sail, row and paddleboard in the middle of the city!