Explore Goes in a unique and affordable way. A self-guided city trail will guide you to the best spots in the city while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone.
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Where to go
Located in the middle of Zuid-Beveland, the city of Goes is the shopping heart of the Zeeland Dutch province. Visit the city to find not only boutique shops and larger chain stores, but also the popular Grote Markt and many historical monuments.
Founded in the 10th century on the edge of the Korte Gos river - the village quickly grew, and in the early 12th century it had a market square and a church devoted to Mary Magdalene. It received its town charter in 1405 from William, Duke of Bavaria, and prospered on linen and salt production until a large fire destroyed most of the city in 1554.
Begin your day at the Grote Markt, open twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Not in town on these days? No need to worry, most of the shops are located directly behind it. Then, take a break at one of the cafés, inside or out on their terraces.
Look up to see the Maria Magdalenakerk church, from 1423, towering above the Markt square. It’s Late Gothic design houses 47 bells, with a church nave that is now used for exhibitions.
If you want to see old crafts, take a look behind the scenes of a potter and ironsmith in the Craft Center. While you are here, don't miss a stop inside the Artisanal confectionery where children can fill and weigh their own bags of sweets.
Stroll along the Medieval harbor and hop on the tourist train 'Stoomtrein'. Travel back in time on an authentic old train puffing its way down the Goes-Borsele line, from Goes to Kwadendamme and on to Hoedekenskerke.