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“Lange Jan tower” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Abbey Tower of Long John (Abdijtoren de Lange Jan)

Abbey Tower of Long John (Abdijtoren de Lange Jan)
Onder de Toren 1, Middelburg 4330 , The Netherlands
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Middelburg
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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“Lange Jan tower”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Great views, but we were not able to go outside at the top like we hoped. Also, there is only one claustrophobic stairs for up & down, quite difficult if it is busy.

Visited August 2012
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Roskilde, Denmark
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“Climbing Long John”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

The Lange Jan (Long John) Abbey Tower in Middelburg is the crown of the Abbey and the old center of town. The tower is visible from most of the town, so it's natural that people want to climb it and see the lovely town and the surrounding countryside from above.
It's 207 steps up to the viewing gallery, and they are for the most part quite narrow and steep. It's to be expected that one is a bit out of breath after the climb. It is a bit disappointing that there is no access to the very top gallery where the carillon bells are located, and especially that there is no open air viewing facility at all. The views are pretty good on a sunny day, but not spectacular.
Entry is 4€, which is a bit much for a visit to a stuffy room with pigeon feathers on the floor. The ticket girl downstairs seems to not expect anyone to address her in English. She certainly doesn't understand the words 'ticket' and 'cash'...

Visited September 2012
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Oost-Souburg
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“Tower with a crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

Everywhere in Middelburg you see this lovely tower and climbing it is rewarde with a beautiful view.

Visited January 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“Fantastic Adventure for those afraid of Heights (ME)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

After visiting the abbey, I decided I needed to see the tower. I am afraid of heights, but I am very glad I climbed the tower. The views were fantastic, and it was wonderful seeing the city from on high. The trip down, was well slightly terrifying for me. There is only a rope to hold onto and the stairwell is very narrow. I just saw it as an adventure, and grinned the whole way down. I hope everyone gives it a chance and enjoyes it as much as I did.

Visited June 2011
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“Nice view, but why they do not open windows?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

View from top is beautiful, but seems to me that for money we paid for entrance I would expect possibility to take photographs from open windows.

Visited August 2011
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