Kampen Travel Guide

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Kampen Things to Do

  • Broederpoort

    The Broederpoort is one of three surviving city gates. It dates from 1465-1468 and has four towers. The towers on the town side are round, while those facing off the town are octagonal. In 1615 the gate lost its defensive function, after which it was altered in Manneristic early-Renaissance style. Behind the gate is a big park.

  • The Kamper Kogge

    The Kamper Kogge is a ship which is build accordign historical information during the time Kampen has trade partners in Germany and Denmark and so on.This type of ships was used for transportation of the goods.The ship is built on the koggewerf with original techniques.On www.kamper-kogge.nl you can see more information about this ship.in 2004 it...

  • The Kamper ui(t) dagen

    During the summer Kampen has a lot of activities. the famous Kamper ui(t)-dagen are one of them.During july and august these days are organised by the local people.There is a big market into city centre and several activities around it.The name kamper ui(t)-dagen has historical value. A 'Kamper ui' is a funny story about the people of Kampen. One...

  • Smallest house of Kampen

    in the centre of the city you will find the smallest house. It is unbelievable that a big family with a lot of children lived here. It is now a (very) small museum.

  • Buitenkerk

    The Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk ('Church of Our Lady'), also known as Buitenkerk, is a Gothic church dating from the 14th century. It replaced a chapel which at that time still stood outside (Dutch: 'buiten', hence the name) the walls of the town. After having been protestant property for more than two centuries this church was returned to the catholics...

  • Broederenkerk

    The Broederenkerk was the church of the Franciscan monastery ('Broederen' or 'brothers' refers to monks) and dates from the first half of the 14th century. In 1578 the new protestant rulers forced the monks to leave Kampen, after which the church was adapted for protestant use. The church consists of two aisles of equal height and width and is...

  • Nieuwe Toren

    The Nieuwe Toren ('new tower') was built between 1649 and 1663. It's main function was to house a big carillon of 35 bells. The upper part of the tower was designed by Philip Vingboons and originally was part of his design for a new town hall in Amsterdam. Vingboons design was not accepted for several reasons, one of which was the fact that he was...

  • Cellebroederspoort

    The Cellebroederspoort dates from ca. 1466. Like the Broederpoort it was altered in Manneristic style after it lost its defensive function in 1615. Today the gate houses a club of students.

  • Bovenkerk

    The Bovenkerk or St. Nicolaas as its former catholic name is, is a big Gothic church that since 1580 has been Kampen's major protestant church. During several restorations most of the church's outside skin has been replaced, resulting in a rather new look. Thankfully the tower has been spared from this fate.

  • Koornmarktspoort

    Another gate is the Koornmarktspoort ('grain market gate'), which dates from ca. 1380. It constitutes of a rectangular gate building and two big round towers facing the river. In the 19th century the gate was painted white, as can be seen on many older pictures including postcards. A few years ago the paint was removed.

  • Town hall

    The town hall consists of two parts. The oldest part is in Gothic style and was built between 1345 and 1350. In 1543 a fire destroyed it, leaving only the walls standing. Repairs were made using Renaissance influences. The other part is from the 19th century and is in neo-Classical style.

  • The Gothic house

    A house in Gothic style, hence its name Gotisch huis. It dates from ca. 1500, when it was built as the house of a merchant. Behind this facade is a house of 65 metres long. In 1906-1907 P.J.H. Cuypers restored the house, which included the reconstruction of the upper part of the gable. The house is now a museum.


Kampen Hotels

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  • Hotel van Dijk

    Ijsselkade 30, Kampen, 8261, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • B&B IJsselhuys

    IJsselkade 55, Kampen, 8261AG, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Kampen Restaurants

  • Turkish delight

    Great location on a central square Plantage, right behind the IJssel bridge. I had chicken escalope ('schnitzel') on Turkish bread. Picture taken from their website. 19 November 2015.

  • Great Gnome Forest

    We drove to this restaurant, hidden in the Roggebotsebos in the province of Flevoland, on the occassion of Jennie's birthday ; with my parents-in-law and Jennie's sister and her family. In English, this restaurant would have to be called "the Great Gnome Forest". I always find it a bit hard to imagine that at the time of my birth (1959) there was...

  • De Groene Vlinder

    We went for what we were hoping would be a fast lunch, but endend up taking longer than expected.This is a typical Dutch restaurant with dark wooden walls and floors and we went for a typical Dutch dish - the Uitsmijter (Bread with fried egg on top). We were, however, not impressed as the bread was soaked in oil making them very "heavy" to eat. It...

  • The four seasons

    As usual, in a place we did not know, we resorted to local knowledge for suggestions on where to eat, so we asked a girl on the street who advised 4 restaurants in the area, but since we did not feel like having Italian or Chinese we ended up in this restaurant.We had a nice table overlooking the water (well, we had a ship in front of us, but could...

  • "The Green Butterfly"

    On Good Friday 2005 we had a quick lunch at De Groene Vlinder (in English that would be The Green Butterfly) in Kampen. Jennie had toasted bread, and I had an 'uitsmijter' i.e. fried eggs served on slices of bread.

  • Pizza!

    Only few restaurants and bars were open that Sunday. Conservative protestants not only have rules for themselves but often frown upon other people who do not follow their rules. We did find a pizzeria with tables outside, but unfortunately the Kampen municipality had put a big smelly garbage container next to it. Revenge maybe, or only ignorance?


Kampen Nightlife

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    de Buitenwacht: the party zone in Kampen

    by punaise Updated May 1, 2003

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    The whole region of Kampen knows where to go. The party center 'de Buitenwacht' is a place to have fun and enjoy live music.
    every week famous dutch artists are travelling to Kampen to perform for a lot of people.

    It is easy to reach de Buitenwacht. If you leave the railway station you can't miss it.

    see www.buitenwacht.nl for actual information about coming events.

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Kampen Transportation

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    Easy reachable by train

    by punaise Written May 1, 2003

    Kampen has its own railway station. It is just a 5 minute walk from the station to the center of the city.
    The arrival is impressive. From the station you will have a beautiful view to the famous city-front at the border of the river IJssel.

    It is about 1:30 hour travelling from Amsterdam to Kampen. You can take the train from Amsterdam directly to Zwolle and switch there to the train to Kampen.

    this is what you see when you arrive
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Kampen Off The Beaten Path

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    Great place to go skating

    by egonwegh Updated Jan 11, 2009

    Roggebotsluis (52 32 548 N - 005 51 519 E.), a great place to go skating in winter time. Jennie skated from here to the town of Elburg and back again in about an hour and a half, January 2009. We were there with Jennie's family, my in-laws, and had some hot chocolate and snacks at the Skonenvaarder canoeing club house afterwards.

    Kampen, Jennie skating at Roggebotsluis Kampen, Roggebotsluis (January 2009)

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Kampen General

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    Two parts

    by OlafS Updated Jan 27, 2004

    Favorite thing: Kampen is divided in two parts; first the actual old town, and second a much smaller part where the station is. Each part is on another side of the river, with a bridge in between. The smaller part probably once belonged to the village of Ijsselmuiden and was annexed by Kampen in order to have a station. Anyway, if you go to Kampen by train take some time to admire the view at the old town that you have from this side of the river. It's one of the nicest in the country.

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