These almshouses were founded in the 16th century by the rich beer brewer Henrick Ruyter (Ruiter).
He was killed by the Spanish in 1572.
We saw this hofje from the water during our whisperboat tour.
You can download an interesting and quite complete citywalk of Zutphen at the link below. The walk is about 4.5 km.
The text is in Dutch but the map will take you along all important sites.
Alternatively, buy an English tour at the tourist office.
The rest of my tips are mostly in the same order as this citywalk.
If the link does not work anymore, please let me know...I have a copy of the walk for you.
The Broederen church is from 1306.
It is now a public library.
You can enter for free of course, to admire this beautiful building.
The ancient Dormitorium (bedrooms) of the monastery now houses the City Museum.
In 1772 a small tower with a bell was added, which was used between 21.45-22.00 h to announce the closing of the gates, which were closed daily until 1853. According to our guide of the whisperboat tour, this nowadays happens at 21.50 h at request of the Muslim community.
The bell also rings for 1 minute at 18.00 h to remember the people who died during WWII.
The building of this church was started around 1220, but it was not the first church at this place.
The last time that it burned down was in 1948, and its last restoration was between 1990-1998.
You can enter the famous old library "Librije" from the church, only with a guided tour.
There is a small exposition in the church about the Librije and Zutphen as well.
Opening times dependent on the season (see one of the pictures for Dutch schedule).
Main season July-September: Tuesday-Saturday 10.30-16.30. CLOSED ON MONDAYS. See the website below for up-to-date opening times ("openstelling" in Dutch).
Entrance 2011 without tour: 2 euro, children younger than 12 years free
Entrance 2011 with tour AND tour of Librije: 4 euro, 2/20 euro for 12-18 year, children younger than 12 years free
The Librije is a 16th century library (1561), where the book were chained to the tables so they would not be stolen. There are only two other libraries like this remaining in the world, one in Italy and one in England.
Entrance is though the St Walburgis church and only with a guide.
2011 entrance fee: 4 euros per adult, 2.20 euro for 12-18 years, younger than 12 for free. This includes a tour of the St Walburgis Church.
Main season 2011 July-September: Tuesday-Saturday 10.30-16.30. CLOSED ON MONDAYS.
See the website for up-to-date information on the opening times ("openingstijden" in Dutch).
City Museum of Zutphen.
It is rather small, and you'll be out within 60 minutes.
This building used to be the old sleeping rooms of priests of the Broederen Church.
See the website for up-to-date info.
Since 1371 there used to be an inn here.
In 1420 it was bought by the city Zutphen to welcome important guests
"Wine house" refers to the place in the inn where men was drinking and having fun...
It now houses a restaurant/bar (see link).
This waterwerk (waterwork) is a nice place to play for kids.
They can regulate the water with several small lock gates.
For the parents the view of the IJssel river, while sitting on the white benches, is very good!
This shell-cave was built in 1697.
The "cave" is decorated with many shells, that were very expensive in that time.
It was restored in 2001 and 10,500 shells were used!
There are only three shell-caves left in the Netherlands. One of them is in Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn, that we also visited (see off the beaten path tip).
The name Bolwerck refers to the citadel that was built at this place in 1532 and that was broken down between 1537-1543.
The present building dates from 1549.
It is close to the Drogenaps tower, as can be seen on the pictures.
This water gate was part of the new city wall of the expanding city.
In the evenings, the gate was closed, resulting in a build-up of water before the gate, since it is build over the river Berkel.
In the morning, the water gates were slowly opened again and the difference in water-level was used to drive several water mills.
The Whisper boat tour starts here.
The tourist information office is right across the train station.
You can find information about the city and buy booklets with walks through the city.
Here we also saw that you can do a 1 hour canal tour with an electrical "whisper boat".
Impressive road, rail and pedestrian bridge over the Ijssel. I promised Mrs Bonio I could see a bar over the other side for a beer, it was a furniture shop1 guess who wasn't happy? Interesting walk though between the road and railway.
The Nieuwstadkerk was built as the church of Nieuwstad ('new town', very appropriate) which was once a seperate place but has been a part of Zutphen for a long time now. The church is the only one in Zutphen that was returned to its former owners, the catholics, after the protestants lost their monopoly on religion and power in 1795. It was recently restored.
Strange building, isn't it? It doesn't really blend in with its surroundings, but at least it is different and not high rise, which would have been outrageous in a place like this. The plates of copper that form the outside were still a bit shiny when I first visited Zutphen, but meanwhile they should have turned green over the years. The building should look much nicer now than it did then.