Zwolle Travel Guide

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Zwolle Things to Do

  • Huis van Bewaring (Prison)

    Detail of the facade of the Huis van Bewaring in Zwolle. It used to be the local prison. Recently, it became the new location for the *** Michelin restaurant Librije.

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  • Museum De Fundatie

    Museum De Fundatie. On the roof, you can see the huge pigeon sculpted by Dutch artist Marte Röling (1939). Update: The golden pigeon has since been replaced as an eye-catcher by a giant egg-shaped construction with panorama window. The bird, however, is still there, but it can only be seen from the back side (city canal side).

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  • Stadsgracht

    Zwolle Stadsgracht, admire a variety of boats. Have a look at the Kwaak Puppet Theatre. We visited a private 'Punch and Judy' show there with family and friends on the occasion of our wedding, back in September 1994. It was good to see that the theatre still exists in 2015.

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  • The Peperbus City Tower

    The Peperbus ("Pepperbox") is the city tower of Zwolle. It's part of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Asuncion and is property of the municipality of Zwolle. The tower is 75 meters high and has a carillon with 51 bells. The tower is open to visitors and 263 steps lead to the trans around the Lantern at 50 meters high.The church was built in stages...

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  • Vrouwenhuis Museum

    The Vrouwenhuis is a small museum housed in the former Vrouwenhuis or "Women's House".The house was a free home for elderly poor women.The inscription on the gable reads:Anno 1742 is dit huis tot een vrouwenhuis gestigt volgens de uiterste wille van juffer Aleide Greve, overleden den 4 Febr 1742. dochter van den heer Geurt Greve, gemeensman...

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  • Stedelijk Museum

    The STedelijk Museum shows Zwolle's history in many facets. Already in 1883 the Society "Vereeniging tot beoefening van Overijsselsch Regt en Geschiedenis (VORG)" started a first historical museum at the Diezerstraat.In 1904 the collection was moved to the former Drostenhuis at the Melkmarkt. The building dates from 1551 and shows how the noble men...

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Zwolle Hotels

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  • Librije's Hotel

    Spinhuisplein 1, Zwolle, 8011ZZ, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • De Koperen Hoogte

    Lichtmisweg 51, Zwolle, 8035 PL, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • PILLOWS HOTEL

    Stationsweg 9, ZWOLLE, 80011CZ, NL

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Zwolle Restaurants

  • Time for some coffee

    Opposite the Zwolle Museum 'De Fundatie'. The museum itself has no restaurant. So we had two cappuccino here (28 February 2010). A true grand cafe, with thick curtains, cosy benches &c. We revisited with friends on 22 August 2015, and had wine and soft drinks, beef burger and spareribs, and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Paid 52 euro for the...

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  • Grand Café and Tapas Bar

    Las Rosas is a Grand Café and Tapas Bar. Expect Spanish food and excellent wines.The first floor is reserved for parties. The second and the third floor are part of the Hanze Hotel.Business times:Daily:Lunch: 11AM - 4PMDiner: 4PM - 11PM

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  • The Four Season

    De Vier Jaargetijden is a common name for a Dutch restaurant. You probably can find a place with this name in many Dutch cities. Still it's not a chain with this name.The Zwolle Vier Jaargetijden is a popular Café/Restaurant with low priced student dishes.Party facilities available.On Fridays and Saturdays live music with a DJ.Business hours:Mo-We:...

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Zwolle Nightlife

  • De Joffer is altijd toffer!!!

    De Joffer is the bar I work in! I love the work and its always busy overthere! Fun people and ofcourse a lot of locals! Its worth paying a visite! The music is fun for everyone! And just come and try our cocktails! Wear casual clothes. Not to hot, because its always hot in de Joffer! No sportshoes and big necklaces allowed.

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  • nightlife

    I have one favourite bar- DE BOMMEL.When I came to Zwolle ,this was first bub I visited.I couldnt belive,many young people having fun, also mucic was great.And there in that place I met one boy,who is now my boyfriend for more than 2 Years.If somebody want to go to Zwolle,visit De Bommel.It is so great pub! does'nt matter,but not sport clothes

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  • More a daytime thing, but I...

    More a daytime thing, but I wanted this up front, not hidden behind the frontpage.History of a Huys (house). This building probably was built in the late Medieval times, around 1450. The first known habitant is Lambert van Twenhuysen, who moves in at 1574. From this time on well known Roman Catholic families have lived here.A large renovation of...

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Zwolle Transportation

  • By train

    Zwolle is easily travelled to by train.From the Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht there are direct Intercity trains each hour during daytime.In 2013 Zwolle got a new train connection via the "Hanzelijn" to Lelystad and the West of the country.Real time Public Transportation info on the Zwolle map.

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  • yellow buses

    Take a bus if you want to go from Zwolle-centrum to Zwolle north....But take always bicycle with you.

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  • If you travel on the train,...

    If you travel on the train, you can choose to walk to the inner center. It is a very pleasant walk: first through a street where the rich used to live and then along the canal. It is quite a walk, but when the sun is shining it all looks so lovely! Busdrivers in Zwolle are very nice!! They are patient, humurous and helpful. You pay 1 guilder and 50...

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Zwolle Shopping

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  • FAshion clothes for her & him

    Maison Scotch & Soda is a branch store of the Amsterdam fashion clothing brand.It is housed in a former pharmacy and you'll find much items of the old interior back in the new furnishing.

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  • Second hand records

    DISKID is one of two stores at Zwolle selling second hand records.They specialise in sixties en seventies- vinyl.CD's are also available.Business hours:Mo-Tu: ClosedWe: Noon - 6PMTh: Noon - 6PM; 7:30PM - 9PmFr: Noon - 6PMSa: 10:15AM - 5PMSu: Closed Records!

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  • The place for books

    Waanders In de Broeren is a great place to shop for books. Housed in the former Broeren church, the store is perfectly set-up to fit in the original church setting.The building also house the Tourist Info desk.Business hours:Mo: Noon - 6:30PMTu-We: 10AM - 6:30PMTh: 10AM - 9PMFr-Sa: 10AM - 6:30PMSu: Closed Books.

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Zwolle Local Customs

  • If you like water and boating,...

    If you like water and boating, a trip to Giethoorn could be a thing to do. It s a little village, called the Venice of the north and on warm summer days it s swamped with tourists. We were there on such a day and had no luck in finding a boat. So we decided to have something to eat and drink. When we paid the bill we asked the woman if she knew...

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  • Kornuit was the fall seasonal...

    Kornuit was the fall seasonal beer and was brewed with a mixture of differnt grains. It was a sharply nutty brew and one of our favorites of the afternoon.

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Zwolle Warnings and Dangers

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    Het Cannon is a powerful...

    by richiecdisc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Het Cannon is a powerful strong bock beer of 11.6% alcohol so please have your lovely wife drive you home if you plan on having some.

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Zwolle Tourist Traps

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    Parkingspaces and how to pay them

    by crazydingo Updated Jun 26, 2005

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    Its difficult to find a parkingspace in the centre of town. And if you find one, please check if its paidparking and till what time, there are different timezones. Right at the towncentre you have to pay till 11pm. There are also spots you can only park on with a permit, so take a good look before you park somewhere, the fine's are about 45 euro's. For that money you could have a great meal.

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure you really checked if you can park somewhere. Normally at the beginning of a street there's a roadsign that says what to do. Sometime you just have bad luck. So keep your eyes open.

    Fun Alternatives: If you dont want that trouble, you can also park your car near the trainstation, its about a 10 minute walk to the citycentre or you can pick a bus at the station.

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Zwolle What to Pack

  • medication

    like normal Alway take some warm clothes,in Holland. You never no what weather will be! Take a medical supplies,it is very expensive if you go to dokctor,I was very often by dentist.So before you go on trip,make sure that you will be not feeling pain.

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  • Packing List

    The weather in Holland can be very various. The temperature can vary between 15 and 35 degrees in the summer. Also autumn can be very different, all is possible. All seasons in every month of the year. This is a bit exaggerated ;-)When visiting Holland bring your sweater (even in summer) and your umbrella.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Zwolle Off The Beaten Path

  • Tattoopoint

    Tattoopoint. I would not recommend getting a tattoo - neither here nor in fact anywhere else - but I would recommend a closer look at this building. I liked the facade built in what I took to be art deco style. Notice, for example, the doorway.

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  • Park Nooterhof

    Children's playground, restaurant, model garden. Pictured is the cardoon (Dutch: kardoen), a plant that is a family member of the artichoke.We also visited the Celtic tree circle, a kind of zodiac with trees. My birthday, 11 August, corresponds to the poplar tree in the Celtic tree circle. The trees, in turn, correspond to certain character traits...

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  • Walk along the water

    The town of Zwolle is surrounded on almost every side by water. Go for a walk through the nearby countryside and discover these modern appartment blocks on Almelose Kanaal.

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Zwolle Favorites

  • Joan Derk van der Capellen statue

    At the Betlehemkerkplein the statue of Joan Derk van der Capellen is located. Joan was a nobleman and politician in the 18th century.The statue was made by sculptor Eric Claus.

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  • Zwolle 700 Years

    Near the Sassenpoort city gate a plaquette is located in the wall for the remembrance of 700 years city of Zwolle.The reading:TER HERINNERING AAN HET 700 JARIG BESTAANVAN ZWOLLE ALS STADWILLEBRAND BISSCHOP VAN UTRECHT VERLEENT31 AUGUSTUS 1230 DEN ZWOLLENAREN DE STADSRECHTENHET EMBLEEM VAN ST. MICHAËL WORDT HET WAPEN DER STAD

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  • Where to go at Zwolle?

    The Zwolle Tourist InfoOffice is located at:Waanders in de Broeren (Bookstore at the Broere Church)Achter de Broeren 18011 VA ZwolleTel: +31-38-421 53 92Business hours:Mo: Noon - 6:30PMTu-We: 10Am - 6:30PMTh: 10AM - 9PMFr-Sa: 10AM - 6:30Su: Closed

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