|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.25|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$21.66|
|Pack of cigarettes||$8.14|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$11.91|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 422.35|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$2.50|
Located in southern Netherlands, Bergen op Zoom is among the most ancient cities in the country and marked by narrow alleys, historic squares, and antiquated monuments that recount the story of a lively and rich past going back to more than eight centuries. The city’s importance as a tourist destination has been fuelled by the availability of many cheap flights to Bergen op Zoom that is just 48 km away from Antwerp; the immense heritage, scenic surrounds, wonderful cuisine and fabulous shopping opportunities are great tourist draws.
The city-center is dominated by the Markiezenhof, the erstwhile royal palace with its imposing façade, period rooms, stair-cased towers, courtyards and manicured gardens. It presently houses a museum besides regional archives, offering a great insight into the life and times of the former occupants. In total, the city has more than 850 monuments protected by the state. The oldest monument in the city is the Lady Gate, also called the Prison. The building was part of the old city walls around the city and later served as a prison. Walk around to see even more gorgeous monuments including St. Gertrude Church, City Theater Virgin and the monumental city hall, among others. History lovers will be delighted if they board cheap flights to Bergen op Zoom.
The Shop Eight shopping area, looped to form the figure of eight, is home to a great variety of shops. The first Sunday of every month in Bergen op Zoom is a paradise for shopaholics; there are many fun activities and parking is free too. Step into the Crusio to enjoy more than 200 flavours of ice-cream, cappuccinos, fresh mint tea or a piece of homemade cake. Taste the Bergsche Bast Standaert, a rich fruit cake concocted especially for the town’s 800th year celebrations. The area is well-known for its asparagus with a distinctive salty taste usually harvested in April and just a month later, the markets become full of the most delicious strawberries. Bergen op Zoom is famous for anchovies that are still caught in the traditional way in a trap. Holidaying in Bergen op Zoom can be most enjoyable if you book any of the several luxurious hotels in Bergen op Zoom.