Deventer, old Hanseatic city at the IJssel
Deventer was founded by the English missionary Lebuinus around 768, who built a wooden church on the border of the IJssel. In the Roman age there was probably allready a stronghold at this place, called Daventria.
Deventer received city rights in 956. From this date the first fortifications were built around the city. Between 1000 and 1500 Deventer became a flourishing trade city with its harbour on the river IJssel. The city was a prominent member of the Hanseatic League. In the Middle Ages merchants from all over Europe came to Deventer.
Deventer, being one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands, has one of the oldest brick private houses ( in the Sandrasteeg). In the city are about hundreds of monumental restored buildings, most from the old Hanseatic days, like the nice building ‘De Drie Haringen’ (The Three Herrings). The old street pattern of the city is almost unchanged. It's lovely to walk around for some time.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Zwolle, the capital
Zwolle is the capital of the province of Overijssel. Since 1407 Zwolle was one of the so-called Hanze cities in the north of Germany and the Netherlands. There are several historical monuments in Zwolle from that period.
The huge Sassenpoort is an old city gate, which is built in 1409 to defend the city. Of the old gates, like the Diezerpoort, Kamperpoort, Luttekepoort, Steenpoort and Vispoort only the Sassenpoort is left in its original form. The former city wall of Zwolle had originally 23 towers as well. Only three towers are left (the Zwanetoren, the Wijndragerstoren and the Pelserpoorttoren).
Other monuments in the city are a guild-house of 1571, a Dominican monastery, the roman catholic basilica ´Our Lady Ascension´ of 1399 with its typical tower, called the peperbus (pepperbox) and the town hall, built in 1448.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Ootmarsum is a town about 10 km north of Oldenzaal.
It received city rights in 1325.
Ootmarsum is a tiny town where you can have nice walk in the centre.
There are often art expositions in the several galleries.
Or..just drink a fresh Dutch cup of coffee, like we did with my parents. :-)
Giethoorn, the green Venice of the north
In the Kop of Overijssel you will find a wonderful landscape of lakes as result of the digging of peat. For the transport of peat waterways and canals were dugged out.
In this area along one of the canals the village Giethoorn was founded in 1230. The houses in the village, built on little islands, can only be reached by narrow bridges. These characteristic wooden bridges make Giethoorn, the green Venice of the north, so unique.
in former days transport of peat in Giethoorn has taken place on the water with traditional boats, the so-called 'punters'. Nowadays you can make a boattrip in these traditional boats.
Since my childhood I visited Giethoorn several times for a boattrip in a punter or for sailing at one of the lakes. There are several small museums and restaurants in the village. You can hire bikes, boats and canoes. In summer it can be rather crowdy.
When I visited Giethoorn for the first time in winter in 2005, there were no other visitors around. The village looked lovely in the fresh snow, but it was very dangerous to walk at the slippery narrow bridges.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Enschede, het Paradijs, living museum
Het Paradijs, meaning the Paradise is a living museum of culture and nature. You can walk around, climb the stairs and look at the fairytale world created by the nature artist Adriaan Schalken.
From outside you can hardly imagine which ambiance you enter. It is a world of creative constructions with colourfull mosaic floors, wooden structures, small waterfalls, statues and abundant plants and flowers in a relaxed atmosphere.
In Het Paradijs you can have a drink or small snack. Het Paradijs serves also delicious vegetarian lunches and dinners, but only at reservation.
What I never saw before....there is also an asylum for indoor plants. You can bring your roomplants which grew too big for your livingroom..... or find yourself a nice 'second hand' plant.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Hertme, annual Africa Festival
Every year end June or beginning July you can hear the African rythms in the countryside of the province Overijssel during two days. In 2005 was allready the 17th Africa Festival in the open air theatre of Hertme.
I don't know how many times I allready visited this festival, but at least the last ten years I was a regular visitor..
The program has all elements the African continent has to offer ...from traditional music with dance, masks, acrobatism to modern music.
The musicians and dancers come form all corners of the continent. In 2005 there were groups from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal and Kongo.
Except music and dance there are many stalls with African products and delicous Affrican food.Related to:
De Groote Schuur
Grote Hof ten Velde
De Italiaanse Villa
Het Nijenhuis (Diepenheim)
Het Nijenhuis (Heino)
Het Witte Huis
The capital of the province is one of the three medieval cities that once ruled the province. It isn't as spectacular as Kampen and perhaps not as nice as Deventer either but it is a beautiful place anyway, with many medieval remains, including a fabulous town gate, several churches and bits of wall as shown in the picture. See my page about Zwolle for a quick impression.
Walking near Haaksbergen and see some snakes...
We took a walking trail near Haaksbergen (Buurse) cald the BUURSERVEEN.
It's a nice guided trail. You can walk 3 different trails:
RED: 2 km
YELLOW: 4 km
BLUE: 3,5 km
We combined the yellow and the blue one and it was a nice walk!
Look for snakes (adders; only poisonous snake in the Netherlands!) around the bridge from the yellow route. We saw 3 big ones next to the bridge!!!!
The trail can be wet after a rainy day so good shoes is a must.
The trail goes trough high peat and woods.
Have Fun!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Walking trail Archemerberg (Lemele-Ommen)
A trail right trough a beautiful area with heathland, forest and loose sand. You can walk a 3,5 km trail (= red poles) or the 7,5 km trail (= green poles).
There are also bike-routes and at Lemelerberg there are routes also (2 and 3,5 km).
We took the 7,5 km trail and it was very nice. You have to climb some stairs and walk trough loose sand before reaching the 76,5 meters top of the hill. You get a beautiful view over the surrounding and sometimes you can see all the villages around Ommen.
Without stops it takes about 1,5 hour to walk the trail.
You have to follow the green poles, it's very easy to follow this route (you don't need a map).
Have fun and it's better to walk this trail early or late, because of the animals (birds) and there aren't many visitors then......
Good luck!!! Let me know if you liked it!!!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Look at these pages and choose a trip......
http://www.natuurlijk.nl = good walking trails, bicycle routes and other information.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g188602-Overijssel-Vacations.html = popular hotelsRelated to:
- Hiking and Walking
Also known as the Venice of the north, Giethoorn is a village that has a lot of water. In the old days all the transport was done by water, because the land around Giethoorn was to swampy to built roads.
Today the canals are more a tourist attraction lots of small boats tour the canals. you can rent a boat yourself or go on a tour.
More about Giethoorn at our Giethoorn page.
The city of Deventer is an absolute must if you are in Overijssel. The small center of town has some nice monuments, all in walking distance.
And to get a special feeling do visit Deventer while there is a festival on like the Dickens festival each year just before christmas. Or the a street festival in mediaevil style on Ascensionday.
Kampen is definitely one of the true jewels of the Netherlands. It's one of the best preserved old towns in this country. No ugly modern buildings in sight, only old ones and some new ones that fit in well. More people should visit this place, and that's why I made a seperate page about it.
I only came to make pictures of the old church and had no idea what to expect of the rest of the town. I wasn't disappointed, this is quite a nice place to spend a few hours. Not spectacular but nice for a stroll. And the church is a real beauty! The old St. Plechelmus is one of only a very few medieval churches that, after centuries of protestant use, was returned to the catholics in the 19th century and survived it. It's mostly in Romanesque style, although the choir and one of the side-aisles are Gothic.
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