Hanseatic cities and Tulips on the seabed

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Hanseatic cities

Hanseatic cities where history is literally found on the streets: Hasselt, Kampen and Zwolle. Imposing buildings, beautiful town centres and lots of hustle and bustle on the water. Combine Weerribben-Wieden with Hanseatic cities Zwolle, Kampen or Hasselt. All within half an hour of Weerribben-Wieden. Visit the historic Hanseatic cities!

Hasselt; city of reflection

Atmospheric facades, leafy streets and inviting, authentic shops. The picturesque Hasselt has many hidden gems. Hasselt used to be a well-known pilgrimage place. The histories of Modern Devotion, the Hanseatic League and even the United States all lead back to Hasselt.

Tip: Corn mill de Zwaluw, ancient lime kilns and the Sint Stephanus Church with exquisite murals.

Zwolle; dynamic and hospitable

The vibrant Hanseatic city where life is celebrated in the historic town centre. Populated by creative students, inventive entrepreneurs and willful freethinkers. The historic centre offers everything an inviting town centre should: great shops, the best places to eat and drink, beautiful museums and galleries, and the most extraordinary bookshop in the Netherlands.

Tip: Waanders in de Broeren, Museum de Fundatie and Michelin restaurant De Librije.

Kampen; nautical Hanseatic city

Even the Hanseatic city’s outline makes Kampen worth visiting. A stunning skyline along the IJssel with the brown fleet in the foreground. Immerse yourself in nautical culture at the Koggewerf, take a trip on the river and have a rest at a pleasant terrace. An enjoyable and varied city with an atmospheric, historical centre.

Tip: De Koggewerf, Stedelijk Museum (City Museum) and Cigar Museum de Olifant.


Expansive tulip fields colour the Northeast polder in spring. This is where fishermen’s nets were once dragged along the seabed. Until the dikes came and the water was pumped away. From the dikes, the height difference between the old and the new land is clearly visible. There are a few sights worth seeing at almost 4 metres below sea level.

Tip: annual tulip festival in April/May, Waterloopbos (a hydrological forest) with hydrological laboratory and UNESCO world heritage site Schokland.

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