Culture & history of Zeeland

On Schouwen-Duiveland you will experience the culture of Zeeland on every corner. You will find it in our historic old towns, in the stories of our heroes and heroines, and in our food. Behind every door is a captivating story. Whether you are a hobby historian or simply curious, this page takes you on a journey into the fascinating past of Schouwen-Duiveland. Read more about our traditional Straô Rieën or visit one of the 8 museums to learn more about the history of the island.

Museums - on Schouwen-Duiveland

Straô Rieën

Straô Riën is an annual tradition on Schouwen-Duiveland. At the end of winter, a long parade with horses and marching bands moves from the villages to the beach to bathe in the sea. The salty water is said to be soothing for the animals' legs and hooves. This unique tradition is now an intangible UNESCO World Heritage.

Protection of the Dutch delta

Schouwen-Duiveland used to be quite cut off from the outside world. Nowadays, many different bridges connect our island with the neighboring islands. The Brouwersdam and Oosterscheldekering dams are part of the Delta Works, the largest flood protection system in the world.