Hanse Cities to Visit in Netherlands - A Road Trip through the Hanse Cities

At the blue hour in Kampen
Grote Kerk - Beautiful cities in Holland
Beautiful cities in Holland - Harderwijk is one of the Hanseatic cities in Holland. This is the Grote Kerk in Harderwijk

Hanse cities to visit in Netherlands - Beautiful cities in Holland

Discovering Europe while traveling to lesser-known regions is fun. There are many beautiful cities in Holland. The Hanseatic cities in The Netherlands belong to. That Holland also outside the tulip time nice, we discovered this year. The Hanseatic League fascinates us since we Germans Hanseatic cities visited. We want to know more about it. A total of nine towns that once belonged to the trade association are located in the region between the Veluwemeer, the IJssel and the Zwarte Water. We visit five of them on this trip. Harderwijk, Elburg, Hasselt, Kampen and Deventer are inland today Netherlands.

At the time of the Hanseatic League, however, the Ijsselmeer was much closer to the trading cities. Holland's youngest province, Flevoland, is built on polders (land reclaimed from the sea) and now blocks the direct access to the IJsselmeer. Why that is so, Gerhard explains in his Video about Flevoland. Harderwijk and Elburg were once on the banks of the IJsselmeer. Kampen and Hasselt were only a few kilometers away on the banks of the IJssel and the Zwarte Water. Only Deventer has always been inland, but had good access to the sea via the IJssel.

 

Cog in Kampen
Cog in Kampen

 

Beautiful cities in Holland, which owe their wealth to the Hanseatic League

A cog is anchored in the harbor of Kampen. It is hard to believe, that the merchant sailors traveled the vast distances to the remotest Hanseatic cities with these ships. The merchants of the Hanseatic League sailed to the German Hanseatic cities and to the eastern regions of the Baltic Sea. They traded, what was produced locally. From Holland, they mainly supplied fish. They exchanged cloth, furs, wax, salt, dry or salt fish, grain, wood and beer. Most of the Hanseatic cities became rich through their membership in the trade network. You can see this until today. The patrician houses in the old towns bear witness to this. Not always, however, living together was peaceful. For example, the two Hanseatic cities of Kampen and Zwolle were bitter rivals.

However, we do not notice anything about this on our journey. Only during our visit in Deventer the rivalry is repeatedly mentioned. Our tour through five Hanseatic cities in the Netherlands takes us from Harderwijk via Elburg, Hasselt and Kampen to Deventer. Here you can find the exact route for this road trip.

 

Model of hanseatic city Deventer - Beautiful cities in Holland - Hanseatic cities Holland
Model of the Hanseatic city of Deventer

 

Discover Hanse Cities to visit in Netherlands on this Road Trip

The culinary Hanseatic city of Harderwijk (Map)

We start our tour through Holland's beautiful cities in the former Hanseatic regions in Harderwijk. The port city of Harderwijk lies on the Veluwermeer. This is a lake that was originally part of the IJsselmeer. Since Flevoland separated the region from the sea, it has been part of a lake chain that offers access to the Ijsselmeer at its north and south exit. This retained the maritime character of the Hanseatic city. Yachts are still bobbing in the wind in the harbor. A windmill towers over the harbor basin. In summer you can enjoy beach life on a sandbar.

What you to do in Harderwijk can be found in this article.

 

Beautiful cities in Holland - Harderwijk
Beautiful cities in Holland - Harderwijk

 

 

Beautiful cities in Holland - Elburg and its well preserved Old Town (Map)

The drive to our next destination takes less than half an hour. The Hanseatic city of Elburg is only about 25 kilometers to the northwest, also on the Veluwemeer. We park our car in the large parking lot (free of charge) in front of the city and set off to explore the second of the Hanseatic cities in Holland. The Hanseatic city of Elburg has an old town that is well preserved. It is surrounded by a city wall. Away from the main street, it is worth making a detour to the side streets. In them the charm of this small town opens up. There you get an impression of what life might have been like in the days of the Hanseatic League. We are adding another city to our list of Holland's beautiful cities.

Detailed information on Hanseatic city of Elburg and its sights can be found here.

 

On the main street of Elburg
On the main street of Elburg

 

 

Hasselt, one of the Cities to Visit in Netherlands (Map)

The next destination of our road trip through five Hanseatic cities in Holland is Hasselt. Our drive via the A28 takes about half an hour. Here, too, we take a city tour.

The historical sites of Hasselt are less obvious than in Harderwijk or Elburg. We meet with our guide at the tourist information center in Oude Stadhuis (Map) is located. From there, our walk first takes us to the Stephanuskerk. Then we take a tour of the main street past the Seven Houses, a kind of social facility for the poor. We pass the canal and stroll past magnificent merchants' houses back to the town hall.

More information about Hasselt and its sights can be found in this article.

 

At the Prinsengracht in Hasselt
At the Prinsengracht in Hasselt

 

 

Kampen on the Ijssel - One of the Cities to visit in Netherlands (Map)

The next destination of our journey through the Hanseatic cities of Holland is the city of Kampen an der Ijssel. From Hasselt we need about half an hour to get there. We reach the city in the evening. We spend the night in one Apartment in Stadsboerderij * in Kampen. Especially convenient is that we can park our car right in front of the apartment. After the many impressions that we have collected during the day, I am looking forward to an hour break in the living room in the room of Gerrtruidt.

 

At the blue hour in Kampen
At the blue hour in Kampen - one of the Hanseatic cities in Holland

 

An evening in Kampen

Gerrtruidt is the name of our apartment in Stadsboererij. It is furnished with a kitchenette, a dining table, a seating area, a large bathroom and a double bedroom. I am attracted by the comfortable wing chairs. Being able to stretch out and let the impressions of the day pass by in my mind, is great. Sipping a cup of home-made coffee, we relax and remember Elburg and Hasselt. However, our day is not over yet. Since we only get breakfast in the Stadsboerderij, we reserved for dinner in a restaurant on the IJssel. From our apartment it is only a few minutes walk to the shore of the IJssel, where we enjoy a dinner overlooking the river in the restaurant De Vier (Map ).

 

Evening mood on the IJssel
Evening mood on the IJssel

 

Enjoy the Restaurant de Vier

In the neat ambience of the De Vier restaurant, we enjoy the view of the river with onion soup, fried shrimp and a crispy pork belly. A nice place to end the day. The food and the view make it pure pleasure. The highlight of our evening on the IJssel are two mounted police officers riding along the Kampen waterfront promenade. They wave to us in a friendly way, as if they wanted to say: "Enjoy your time here in Kampen." We won't let that be said twice.

What we did in Kampen Holland, we introduce in this article.

 

Old town of Kampen from the IJssel
Old town of Kampen from the IJssel

 

 

Deventer - beautiful cities in Holland on the IJssel (Map)

The journey from Kampen to Deventer takes about forty-five minutes. This time we do not stay in town though. Our hotel for the next two nights is located on the other bank of the IJssel. The Ijssel Hotel Sandton * is right across from the old town. Just the sight makes our hearts beat faster. One of the city's campsites is right next door. This can be reached with a small ferry that crosses the IJssel at short intervals during the day. An ingenious solution, as we think. You spend the night directly on the river surrounded by parkland. Here you can enjoy the tranquility and the view, while the city with its sights and activities awaits on the other side of the river. The perfect introduction to getting to know the fifth Hanseatic city on our road trip through Holland's Hanseatic cities.

 

Vegetarian greeting from the kitchen
Vegetarian greeting from the kitchen

 

At the blue hour we enjoy our dinner with a view of the fifth and last city of our trip through Holland's Hanseatic cities. The anticipation for the next day grows. Before that, however, we enjoy dinner with a view of the IJssel.

You can get a first impression of this Hanseatic city in Petar's video.

What you can do in Deventer, we introduce in this article.

 

Synagogue of Deventer - Holland's beautiful cities - Hanseatic cities in Holland
Deventer Synagogue

 

 

The Hanseatic cities in Holland are cities to visit in Netherlands

We all count the five cities on our road trip through the Hanseatic cities in Holland to the beautiful cities that we got to know in the Netherlands. And not only that: there are many places and experiences where you can enjoy them. Be it with beautiful views, in the old towns, with good food. We experienced and discovered a lot on our round trip from Harderwijk via Elburg, Hasselt and Kampen to Deventer. Each of these cities has its own charm. Each offers experiences for connoisseurs and slow travelers. Take your time on a road trip to these five cities. If you want to get to know the places well, you should plan about five days for your tour.

 

Sunset - Holland's beautiful cities - Hanseatic cities in Holland
Sunset to say goodbye to the Hanseatic cities in Holland

 


Travel Arrangements

Arrival in the Hanseatic cities in Holland

KLM and Lufthansa fly to Amsterdam. From there, it is best to take a car, as this is the only way to be flexible enough to get to know the towns along the route. We traveled with our own car from Southern Bavaria. For the trip, we took two days with an overnight stay on the more than 1000 km route.

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Source for Beautiful Cities in Holland: own research on site. We thank The Other Holland for the friendly support of this trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Photos © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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