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

Beautiful cities in Holland - Kampen is one of them
Hanse cities to visit in Netherlands - Kampen is one of the Hanseatic cities in Holland

Hanse cities to visit in Netherlands - Beautiful cities in Holland

There are many beautiful cities in Holland. The Hanse cities to visit in Netherlands are among them. We discovered, that Holland is beautiful not only when the tulips are blooming. The Hanseatic League fascinates us since we visited several German Hanseatic cities. We want to learn more about the Hanse. In total there are nine cities in the region between the Veluwemeer, the IJssel and the Zwarte Water, which once belonged to the trade association. We visit five of them on this trip. Harderwijk, Elburg, Hasselt, Kampen and Deventer are no longer on the sea, but inland.

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.

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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

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The culinary Hanseatic city of Harderwijk (Map)

We begin our tour of the Hanse cities to visit in the Netherlands in the former Hanseatic town of Harderwijk. The port city is located on the Veluwermeer. This is a lake that was originally part of the IJsselmeer. Since Flevoland separates the region from the sea, it is part of a chain of lakes that offers access to the IJsselmeer at its north and south exit. This preserved the maritime character of the Hanseatic city. In the harbor, yachts are still bobbing in the wind. A windmill towers over the harbor basin. On a sandbank you can enjoy beach life in summer.

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The Old Town is a Pedestrian Zone

You should take your time for the Old Town. But before you go there, you should know, that if you have booked a hotel in the old town, it is worthwhile to clarify how to reach it before arrival. The old town of Harderwijk is not accessible by car during the day, only on foot. As, by the way, almost all Hanseatic cities in Holland (with the exception of Hasselt). You can park your car in one of the car parks on the edge of the old town. Or you sleep in the Beach Hotel Monopole * like we did and park your car right next to the hotel.

Make a note of the phone number of the hotel. Because you can only reach the hotel by car, if you have an electronic device, which you get from the hotel. In addition you also have to know the code, that you need to sink the bollards, that block daytime vehicle access to the Old Town. We wandered through the city for a few hours, until we finally reached the hotel parking lot, because we did not know that.

A stroll through Harderwijk, one of the Hanse cities to visit in Netherlands

After we had finally parked our car at the planned location, we set out to explore the city. Harderwijk is definitely one of Holland's beautiful cities. Harderwijk owes its name as a culinary Hanse town to several star chefs, who operate their restaurants at the fish market in the city. From our own experience. we can recommend the ice cream of the Ice Cream Parlor Patrijs. Strawberry ice cream and mango for me. Pavlova ice cream for Petar. But there are other ice creams like pink panther or blood orange. The ice cream was a real treat after our city tour.

Hanse Cities to visit in Netherlands - Harderwijk is one of them

We begin our tour of the city after having dinner at the Hotel Monopole. The hotel is located directly on the water. We follow the city wall along the water until an entrance to Plantation Park opens. We enter the old town through a private courtyard and go past the Stadsmuseum Harderwijk to the Katharinakapelle, which once belonged to the local monastery. Not far away is the Marius van Dokkum Museum. This museum is unique in Holland, as it exhibits the art of a living artist. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to visit. However, if you visit Harderwijk, we recommend that you include the museum in your city tour. The way Marius van Dokkum paints the people of Holland makes you smile. He depicts the weaknesses of human existence in his paintings with a lot of humor.

There are many reasons to enjoy the culinary side of Harderwijk

We continue on our way through the Hortuspark and arrive at the market square of the city. In front of the town hall cafes and restaurants invite to dinner on this summer day. Since we had already eaten in the Hotel Monopole, we pass the restaurants and continue on to the ice cream parlor Patrijs, where we taste ice cream for dessert. You should not miss this, when you visit Harderwijk. The owner keeps creating new ice cream variations made from regional ingredients. Just looking at them makes my mouth water. More so, when the ice balls melt on my tongue.

From here it is only a few steps to the fish market of Harderwijk. For one of the Hanseatic towns in Holland, places like this have always been important. Once the merchants of the Hanseatic League brought their fish to trade here, today it is the culinary center of the city. Here are the city's best restaurants under trees, that have been here for centuries. Through one of the gates in the city wall, we finally return to the promenade by the water. Here we find even more restaurants. In the evening sun people enjoy their food in front of the fireplace by the open fire. Harderwijk certainly deserves its reputation as a culinary Hanse town.

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Restaurants on the water

Harderwijk can also be maritime - suitable for one of the Hanseatic cities in Holland

The next morning we take some time to visit the marina. Here we encounter Holland, as you imagine it. A drawbridge connects Harderwijk with the other bank of the harbor entrance. A windmill watches over the harbor, while houseboats and yachts bob on the water in the harbor basin. These are Holland's beautiful cities, as we imagine them. But see for yourself.



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

It takes less than half an hour to get to our next destination. The Hanseatic city of Elburg is only about 25 kilometers further northwest. The town is also on the Veluwemeer. We park our car in the large parking lot (free) in front of the city and set out to explore the second of the Hanseatic cities in Holland we visit on our tour. And we add another city to our list of Holland's beautiful cities.

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The old town of Elburg is small but beautiful - Holland's beautiful cities

Only 28 kilometers away is the Hanseatic city of Elburg. Its medieval old town is still very well preserved. There is a main road through the village, where most visitors are. We, however, follow our companion, who leads us through the village on side roads. Fortunately! Because this is how we get to know this delightful city. To this day, it is surrounded by medieval moats, that protected the city from attackers. Behind it, the city wall provided further protection. It exists until today. The old town is not big. 250 meters wide and 415 meters long it extends in Gelderland. It is therefore easy to discover it on a walking tour through the side streets.

A culinary specialty in the restaurant De Haas

Don't miss the culinary delights of Elburg. In the restaurant De Haas on the main street (Map ) we wait for our guide and try a Hasebol for the second breakfast. It is a kind of cream puff, which is filled with a lot of cream and decorated with blueberries. For a second breakfast maybe a bit lavish, but you should definitely try it.

A monastery and a wall house

Restaurant De Haas is located directly across from the Museum Elburg. This is housed in the former Agnieten Cloister, a nunnery from the 15th century. The museum offers exhibitions on the history of Elburg and its surroundings. We prefer to discover the city instead. After a short detour into the former cloister garden, we first go to the Muurhuisje, the Wall House. This is a tiny residential building that was built on the city wall. Eight people and more lived in the smallest of spaces. Hard to imagine today. But this is what it looked like:

A walk through the old town and one of Holland's beautiful cities

We follow the course of the city wall on our tour through Elburg. This path leads us through streets, that are so narrow, that no car fits. Past small houses, interesting museums, a church that impresses, and houses that tell stories. On the way we see water pumps, where the city dwellers once got their drinking water. For us, they are perfect on this hot summer day, to cool down with fresh well water. What we see along the way, we show you here:

The Botter Museum (Map)

Through the Vischpoort city gate at the other end of the city we leave the old town and cross the moat that surrounds it. Past some restaurant we go to the marina. There is only a few steps from the old town the Botter shipyard, Botters are the wooden boats used by fishermen and merchants to sail the Zuiderze. Sometimes they stayed for days or even weeks on the water. Until their camps were full, and the drive home to the port was worthwhile. Today you can get an impression of the life of the fishermen and merchants on board in the Botter shipyard. With luck, a botter will be in the yard and will be prepared for his next exit. Sometimes trips with a botter are also offered.

Opposite the Botter shipyard - only separated by the harbor entrance - is the small fishing museum of the city. It is in the former fish auction building and reminds of the time, when fishermen were still working here.

Lunch at Aan de Gracht

Our city stroll makes you hungry. Therefore, lunch at Aan de Gracht (Map ) is perfect. Just in time before a heavy summer shower, we enjoy our lunch break. As always, I want to try what is typical of the local cuisine and order a smoked eel sandwich. If you like smoked fish, you will love it. Or do you prefer a tomato soup like Petar did?



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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 our guide at the tourist information center in Oude Stadhuis (Map ).

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Renaissance Town Hall - a splendid specimen for Holland's beautiful cities

Hasselt is located on the Zwarte Water and is connected via this river with the Zwarte Meer. The seafarers had access to the IJsselmeer and finally to the North Sea. Today Hasselt is inland. The Oude Stadhuis is one of the most beautiful buildings in Hasselt with its Renaissance facade. Next to it stands the Stephanuskerk, the church of the reformed community of Hasselt. We are lucky. There are two men leaving the church, who let us in at our request. Usually the church is closed.

Town Hall in Hasselt - Beautiful cities in Holland
Town Hall in Hasselt

The Stephanuskerk in the city center of Hasselt

The interior is sparse. White walls and dark wooden benches characterize the interior of the church. Our companion Freek Lene points us to the organ. "This is famous in Holland. There are organ concerts in this church, attracting visitors from all over the country." On a wooden table is a Bible of the Reformed Church. "This is read in devotions," explains Freek. "The inhabitants of Hasselt are very religious. The church is full every Sunday." On a side wall we discover a mural of St. Christopher, the saint of the travelers. This dates from the Middle Ages, when the church was still Catholic.

Kiliaen van Rensselaer - what connects Hasselt with New York?

The most famous son of Hasselt is Kiliaen van Rensselaer. He is the reason, why I wanted to visit this city. Van Rensselaer was born in Hasselt in the second half of the 16th century. He was governor of the Dutch West Indies Company, and as such was instrumental in founding the Dutch colony in North America. His colony Rensselaerwijk was one of the first, the Dutch established in today's US state of New York. His birthplace is in Hasselt. It is not open to the public though.

Kiliaen van Rensselaer's birthplace
Kiliaen van Rensselaer's birthplace

Historic buildings and the Hay Festival of Hasselt

From van Rensselaer's birthplace we pass historic buildings such as the holy guest house and the Seven Houses. These were available to the poor and sick in the city. On the way to the canal of Hasselt we pass by side streets, which are colorfully decorated. In one street we discover Christmas trees at the end of August. Freek explains that every street during the hay festival adorns itself according to a given motto. One of them is "Christmas" this year.

The channels of Hasselt

We particularly enjoy our walk along the Prinsengracht. Ships still sailed on the canals until the sixties of the last century. Today they form the backdrop for the magnificent merchant houses, that stand on their banks. Here you will find no hustle and bustle. Benches stand on the banks of the canal and invite you to take a break. Here you can enjoy Hasselt perfectly.



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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 ).

Enjoy the Restaurant de Vier

In the sophisticated ambience of the restaurant De Vier we savor onion soup, fried shrimp, a crispy pork belly and of course the view of the river. A nice place to end the day. The food and the view make it pure enjoyment. The highlight of our evening on the IJssel are two mounted policemen riding along the promenade. They give us a friendly wave as if to say, "Enjoy your time here in Kampen." That's exactly what we plan to do.

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Cruising in an old mail ship on the IJssel

The next morning we meet Ingela and Gerrit in the harbor of Kampen. The two are avid sailors and have traveled a lot all over the world in their sailboat. They even visited the Antarctic, Ingela tells me. Not on board a cruise ship! They sailed there on their own boat. Crazy, right? Professionally, they take life a little slower. In 2009 they restored an old mail ship, which was built in Königswinter in Germany. Since then they offer boat trips on the Ijssel for groups on board the "Het Hendrikje". For us, they take half a day and cruise past the city scenery of Kampen with us. We have the boat to ourselves. The perfect way to experience Kampen and the IJssel. We pass by the medieval old town and enjoy the views.

Past old city gates, windmills and under bridges, our journey follows the course of the river. A few geese clean their plumage on the bank. A father and his son throw their fishing lines from their fishing boat. They wave at us. The city disappears behind us, as we continue on to Molenbrug. This is how the merchants of the Hanseatic League must have felt, when they left for their trade trips to the North and Baltic Seas. The Hanseatic cities in Holland are most authentically experienced on boats.

Watch the boat traffic on the IJssel at lunch

Our boat trip makes us crave more river impressions. That's perfect, because for our lunch break, we get a table on the river terrace in the restaurant De Bastaard, right on the banks of the IJssel. It is exciting to watch the heavy traffic on the IJssel, while we wait for our food. An old sailing ship moores right in front of us on the riverbank, while in the background large container ships pass under the Stadsbrug. Some fit under the bridge. For others, the bridge must be raised. An interesting spectacle! The middle part of the bridge is hoisted over counterweights. Then all waiting ships are allowed to pass. Subsequently, the middle part of the bridge lowers again. With this view, our omelet tastes great in the restaurant De Bastaard (Map ).

Omelette in restaurant De Bastaard in Kampen
Omelette in restaurant De Bastaard in Kampen, one of the Hanseatic cities in Holland

Of tea, coffee and cigars

Whether tea, coffee and cigars were among the trade goods at Hansa times, I can not say. The first green tea came to Holland in 1610 from China. None of the sources that I found about the merchandise of the Hanseatic League, however, mentioned it as a merchandise of Hanseatic merchants. The situation is similar with coffee and tobacco. These goods came to Europe via the Dutch East Indies and West Indies Company. That is no reason, why we shouldn't explore these pleasures during our stay in Kampen. In the city center there is a shop, that specializes in these products. De Eenhoorn koffie & thee and De Olifant (Map ) celebrates tea, coffee and cigars.

A tea sample in Kampen

We participate in a tea tasting at De Eenhoorn, where we taste five teas in a room that testifies to the wealth of merchants in Holland. The murals, however, date from more recent times. Grégoire Jean Josquin designed this room with its landscape paintings and still lifes in the style of the Comedia dell 'Arte. It makes me curious about what's coming. We were not to be disappointed. Did you know that Oolong tea tastes like walnuts? Or that you prepare certain teas with ice water? I also found it interesting that tea is paired well with cheese. We learn a lot during our tea tasting at De Eenhoorn. About tea, and how best to enjoy it.

Cigars from Kampen

The fact that overseas products are traded in Kampen goes well with the image of the city as one of the Hanseatic cities in Holland. Again, I do not know whether tobacco belonged to the merchandise of the Hanseatic League. The demand for it should have arisen after the end of the Hanseatic League. The Dutch possessed the commercial know-how long before, though. Today, tobacco from all parts of the world is stored at De Eenhoorn. Chiseled, and in leaf form. De Eenhoorn makes its own cigars. In a part of the building there is a section where tobacco leaves are cut and the carefully selected tobacco varieties are turned into fine cigars. Similar to how they do it in Cuba or Florida.

Or do you prefer coffee?

At De Eenhoorn you can also book a coffee tasting. We did not have the time for it, unfortunately. I could have spent a whole day alone in this shop. It's a place where you can taste the delights of the world. However, the program urges us to continue on to Deventer, the last stop of our journey.



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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. Our hotel for the next two nights is located on the IJssel bank opposite the town. The Ijsselhotel Sandton * offers a great view of the old town of Deventer. The view alone makes us curious about what to expect the next day.

At the blue hour, we enjoy a dinner with a view of the fifth city on our journey through Holland's Hanseatic cities. The anticipation of the next day is growing. Before that, however, we enjoy a great dinner on the banks of the IJssel. You get a first impression of this Hanseatic city in Petar's video.

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A breakfast with a view - Deventer is one of the Hanse Cities to visit in Netherlands

Overlooking the IJssel and the Deventer skyline, we enjoy our morning breakfast as we like it. We get some fruit and bread from the buffet. Eggs on request, yoghurt and cereal, orange juice and coffee are served. That's how we start our last day in the Hanseatic cities. While munching on great food we watch the small ferry that connects the two banks of the IJssel. It departs just a few meters from our hotel. The ferryman is obviously a master at his job. He has to give right of way to big container ships, which pass us en route to inland destinations on the river. This lively river traffic lends the city a maritime flair.

A walk through Deventer

After breakfast we meet Patrick and Krijna from Hanzetour. They accompany us with their bicycles on our tour of the city. You can rent their bicycles in the hanseatic cities of Holland for cycling tours. Today we leave our car behind and go by ferry, the Pontje Deventer, to the old town. For € 1.60 (as of August 2019) we can travel back and forth. It is only a few steps from the landing and we are in the historic part of the city. Our way leads us past the Lebuinuskerk, a gothic structure that impresses with its size. We do not have time for a visit, though, as we have arranged to meet Jan, our city guide, at the tourist office of Deventer.

What does Albert Schweitzer have to do with Deventer?

The statue of Albert Schweitzer in the market square is a reminder of the visits of the doctor in the Dutch city. Deventer had set up a fund to support his hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. For this reason, Schweitzer visited the city several times. He was a good organist and gave several organ concerts in the Lebuinuskerk to raise money for his hospital.

Beautiful cities in Holland even have a "mountain"

For us Bavarians, who have the Alps in their neighborhood, the term "mountain" (berg) for the Bergkwartier in Deventer sounds perhaps a bit exaggerated. Because we hardly go uphill on our walk through the district. I wouldn't even call it a hill. However, if you compare it with the otherwise flat surroundings of Deventer, the Bergkwartier stands out above it. There is even a "mountain church". St. Nicholas Church is located at the end of Bergstraat on Bergkerkplein.

The Bergkwartier of Deventer

On the way there we pass houses, that stand out because of their appearance. Magnificent entrance doors, brick buildings with historic freight lifts, window decorations, which depict what is going on behind the façade and pretty plant decorations turn a stroll through the Menstraat and Bergstraat into a feast for the eyes. Jan tells us, that was not always the case. Many of these houses were to be demolished. However, protests from the population prevented this. What luck! Because the Bergkwartier today is the attractive figurehead of Deventer.

A Charles Dickens Festival in one of the Cities to visit in Netherlands

In mid-December the Bergkwartier hosts the Charles Dickens Festival. More than 950 figures from Charles Dickens novels then stroll through the Bergkwartier. Scrooge, Oliver Twist, orphans, drunks, poor and rich turn the historic lanes into an English city of the 19th century. The festival is very popular. Therefore you better expect a long wait to get access to the Bergkwartier during the festival. We can well imagine how impressive the backdrop of the Bergkwartier must be for this event.

A "Hanseatic" Lunch

The Proeflokaal 'tOer (Map) serves meals, as they were cooked at the times of the Hanseatic League - with a touch of modern ingredients. I like the interior of this restaurant. Drinks are served at a long bar. You eat on rustic wooden tables. The exposed brick walls of the historic building transport us back in time. This restaurant makes us feel good.

Fish and meat - the main dishes of the Hanseatic League

For lunch, we order a plate with appetizers, which shows us, what people ate at the time of the Hanseatic League. There is a lot of meat and seafood. I discover meatballs in gravy, roasted pork belly and meat skewers. In a bowl is a kind of shrimp cocktail on salad. The sausage salad comes with small sandwiches filled with tomatoes. Two glasses contain soup. Meatloaf is served in a roll. Whether the Hanse merchants really ate all these dishes, I do not know. Tomatoes certainly did not exist in Europe before the last decades of the Hanseatic era. The selection on our tasting plate, however, is extensive and good.

In the Museum De Waag

After lunch we are ready to explore the history of the Hanseatic League in the Museum de Waag. The museum itself dates back to that time. It originally served as a scale and was used for calibration inspection of the goods, that merchants brought over the IJssel to the markets in Deventer. From 1386 there were five annual fairs in the city throughout the year. In order for the merchants to trade fairly, inspectors controlled the dimensions and contents of the merchandise. Only then a fair trade could be guaranteed. For the city, this was a profitable business, because it taxed every ounce, that was brought to market.

Things worth knowing about the Hanseatic League

Today the Museum de Waag portrays (Map) the history of the city. It offers temporary exhibitions and an exhibition about the Hanseatic period. On a map we see the extense of the trading area of ​​the Hanseatic League. It ranged from the Dutch and German Hanseatic towns up to Bergen in Norway, to Birka in Sweden and to the eastern regions of the Baltic Sea. The Hanse was a trade association that offered secure trade relations in a huge region. In showcases we see, which goods were transported by merchant ships. A model of a cog shows, how stable these ships were. They were not big. But they distributed goods across a large trading area. Cities along the North and Baltic Seas owe their wealth to the merchants of the Hanseatic League.

Honey cake as in the Middle Ages

After so much history, we deserve a break. The Deventer Koekwinkel (Map ) on Market Square is perfect for that. They offer a cake specialty, which Hanseatic merchants knew, too: honey cake. The Deventer Honey Cake was protected by the Guild. No one outside the city was allowed to bake it in the Middle Ages. Its ingredients are known: honey, rye flour, water and spices. The secret, however, lay in the spice mixture. Not even the baker knew, what spices were in it. Whether this is still the case today, I can not say. In any case, honey cake tastes like Christmas. It is buttered and tastes very aromatic.

From our table in the café, we watch as the queue in the shop grows longer and longer. Apparently we are not the only ones, who like this cake. In the Deventer Koekwinkel, many people stock up their cake supplies.

What happens in the market square of Deventer?

While we drink our coffee, we notice that more and more young people gather in the marketplace. They come from all corners and side streets. It looks like an event is taking place. However, we had not seen any announcements. And indeed! Suddenly all teenagers start to dance and sing. We are witnessing a flash mob in the center of Deventer! In good spirits, the millenials move to the Wilhelmina fountain and immediately put us in a good mood. We forget the shopping spree through Deventer, we had planned and rather listen to the young people celebrating summer. That is pure joy of life!

Stroll through Deventer

We conclude our visit to Deventer with the culinary highlight of our trip. The gourmet restaurant Boas (Map ) has invited us for dinner. On the way there we stroll past shops, whose shop windows promise a lot. Most, however, are already closing for the day. Therefore, we can only admire the decors and souvenirs through their windows. We don't regret it, though. The flash mob was worth it. You do not see such a happening every day.

Enjoy an evening in the gourmet restaurant Boas

They are already expecting us in the restaurant Boas. On this warm summer evening we choose to dine on their outdoor terrace. There we can observe the people walking by on the cobblestone street. We are having dinner in the best French restaurant in the Netherlands. The Michelin Guide also distinguishes the restaurant. We are curious. Peter van Emde Boas, the owner of the restaurant is a great host and serves us an exceptional six-course dinner.

The colored menus in the restaurant Boas

We are invited to a "Menu Rouge", a "Red Menu". In 2019 the Restaurant Boas offers seasonal four- to six-course meals, which vary in color depending on the season. In the spring, they began with the "Menu Vert", the Green Menu. The asparagus season featured the "Menu Blanc", the White Menu. We are there in summer, at the time of the Red Menu. In the meantime, autumn has moved into the country, and the menu at Boas has the color orange. It is amazing which flavorful heights can be combined in color. The food at Boas inspires us.

A host who is second to none

What impresses us even more, is the hospitality, with which we are received in the restaurant Boas. In the course of our travels we have been guests in quite a number of gourmet restaurants. Seldom, however, was there one, in which we felt as comfortable as at Boas. The willingness of Peter van Emde Boas to explain each dish in detail, and to take time to answer our questions, is exemplary. He talks about his education in Alsace, and how he took over his restaurant in this medieval building in the Walstraat in Deventer. He accompanies our culinary delights with matching wines and a port, which he presents with finesse.

What a delicious end to a great trip through the Hanseatic cities in Holland! Thank you for that.



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The Hanseatic cities in Holland are cities to visit in Netherlands

The five cities on our road trip through the Hanseatic cities in Holland are all among the beautiful cities that we visited in the Netherlands so far. 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 or even in gourmet restaurants like Boas in Deventer. We experienced a lot on our round trip from Harderwijk over Elburg, Hasselt and Kampen to Deventer. Each of these cities has its own charm. Each offers experiences for gourmets and slow travelers.


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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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