Hulst with kids

Hulst with kids: Fun fortified town to visit with the family!

What can you do in Hulst with kids? That was the question we asked ourselves when we visited the fortified city during our vacation through the province of Zeeland. Hulst (and its surroundings) is, in fact, not yet well known to the general public. And that’s actually unfair, as the city is really fun to visit with kids.

We have also included Hulst in our blog Zeeland with kids in which we list the best cities, activities and sights of this province. The city is named in the story of Reynaert the Fox and in the city itself you can still see many references to this sly fox. Following our visit to the city, we list the best activities in Hulst with kids for you!

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Hulst with kids: two scavenger hunts

First, we paid a visit to the Info Point #Inulst and it turned out that no less than two scavenger hunts in the city were made for kids. We noticed right away that they are actively working here to put the city on the map with the general public and that they are also trying to make Hulst attractive to families with kids. The two scavenger hunts are about the Pagadders and about Reynaert the Fox.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

The quest of the Pagadders, is based on the storming of the city by the Spaniards, in which Hulst surrendered after two days after considerable fighting. Here you will walk a route through the city and see the beautiful spots the city has to offer. In the Padaggers’ scavenger hunt, you will search the city for the little dolls hidden throughout the city.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

In this scavenger hunt, you can use your phone to scan the barcodes at each spot. For example, you will be shown clips about the Spanish attack on the city of Hulst. Along the way, you will also come across a fun original playground dedicated to these little men. For example, there is a large old-fashioned helmet, which kids can climb on.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

The Reynaert the Fox scavenger hunt requires you to answer questions along the way. You will find the answers to these questions along the way, such as what a certain bridge is called or what architectural style the city’s church is. This is the scavenger hunt that we did completely and got a good overview of the city.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Both routes visit roughly the same places and a route map can be purchased for a few euros at the Info Point #Inulst. Afterwards, the kids will also receive a surprise from the Info Point #Inulst. Both scavenger hunts are fun, but we found Reynaert the Fox’s a little easier to follow. The scavenger hunts are a fun way to explore Hulst with kids, without them quickly finding it too boring. It’s nice to see that the city is really making an effort to attract families with kids to the city. If you want to know what else there is to do with kids in the city of Hulst, check out the website of Infopunt #Inulst!

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

The center of Hulst is compact and is fun to stroll through. There are plenty of outdoor cafes where you can enjoy lunch or a drink. Also in the center is the Willibrordus Basilica, which has already been named the most beautiful church in the Netherlands. You can also walk on the city’s fortress walls.

Several places on this route have playgrounds, where it is fun to stop for a while with kids. All in all, we spent all morning doing the scavenger hunt and exploring the city. It is that we also wanted to see some of the surroundings, otherwise we would have wanted to stay here quite a bit longer. You can have a great day in Hulst with kids if you also have an extensive lunch in the center on the terrace and spend a little longer in the city’s playgrounds.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Hulst with kids: the surroundings of holly

In the afternoon we also took a tour to explore the area around Hulst. There are several nice places to visit. Thus, in the area you have a number of beaches to visit. Unfortunately, the weather in the afternoon was a lot poorer than in the morning, making it too cold to visit. We did have lunch at the seaside restaurant Paviljoen ‘t Schor. This is a kind of beach club with a nice playground near the beach bar, where you have a view of the sea and the big ships passing by.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Then we drove on to the Het Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe nature reserve. Here you can walk several trails through the salt marshes. These are a kind of sand banks that dry up when the tide is out. For kids, there is the Plankier Trail. Here you walk a one-kilometer route on decking and the grass.

A fun route to walk through the nature of the area. Unfortunately, there was a lot of poop on the road (we think from sheep), but with a little care we were able to avoid most of the poop on the road. You also have an information center about the area near here and a little restaurant where you can get something to eat and drink (Café het Verdronken Land). There is much more to do in Hulst with kids and if you want more tips about the area check out the comprehensive website of Infopunt #Inulst.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Hulst with kids: hotel Hulst

In Hulst there is really only one hotel, where you can sleep with families and that is Hotel Hulst. The fact that there is so little choice is not a problem in this regard, since it is a fine three-star hotel, where you can spend a wonderful night. The hotel is just outside the gates of the historic center and in five minutes you can walk from the hotel to the center. A big plus of the hotel is that you can park your car in front of the hotel for free.

We were welcomed hospitably by the owner of the hotel and from him we received even more tips about the area! You notice all over the city that people are proud of the area and are trying very hard to make the city more and more popular with tourists. And in that regard, they should also be proud of the fun city they are promoting!

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Hotel Hulst: the room

We had booked a triple room and it was spacious with a double bed for us and a separate bed for Sophie. All three beds were box-spring beds. There was also a small desk in the room, where Sophie spent quite some time coloring in the booklet she had received at Hulst’s tourist office. What we loved about the room was the view from the different windows that were in the room. We were seated at the front of the hotel and we had a beautiful view of Hulst’s skyline.

The room was about 23 square meters and had a safe and a good WIFI connection. In addition, there was a bathroom with a shower in the room. In addition, the room had a flat-screen television.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Hotel Hulst: food and drink

The hotel is near the center of Hulst so there are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets within walking distance of the hotel. In that regard, you can go a long way in Hulst with kids when it comes to food and drink. In fact, there are quite a few family-friendly restaurants.

We took advantage of the hotel’s delicious breakfast in the morning. They have different sandwiches, spreads, different drinks, fruit, yogurt with cereal and also the real Zeeland bolussen! In that regard, breakfast was extensive and also very tasty. You can have breakfast in the breakfast room and there is also a terrace area outside at the back of the hotel.

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

Hotel Hulst: conclusion

We really enjoyed the surprising family-friendly environment of Hulst. We have to say that we didn’t know the place either before we started looking for fun getaways in Zeeland, but you can put Hulst on your list with kids just fine. Hotel Hulst is a great hotel as a starting point to explore the Hulst area with kids. The hotel is close to town, has great triple rooms with good beds and great views, as well as a great breakfast in the morning! We therefore definitely recommend Hulst with kids if you are exploring Zeeland with your family!

Hulst with kids
Hulst with kids

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