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

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At the blue hour in Kampen

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.


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


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.

On our journey, however, we no longer notice any of this. Only during the visits to Deventer does it come up again and again. Our tour of five Hanseatic cities in Holland takes us from Harderwijk via Elburg, Hasselt and Kampen to Deventer.


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

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 with a well-preserved old town

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 Hanseatic cities in Holland

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.

Hasselt's historical sights are less obvious than in Harderwijk or Elburg. We meet our guide at the Tourist Information, which is located in the Oude Stadhuis. 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 an der IJssel - Beautiful cities in Holland

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

That's the name of our holiday apartment in the Stadsboererij. This is furnished with a kitchenette, dining table, a seating area, a large bathroom and a bedroom with a double bed. The cozy wing chairs lure me. It feels good to stretch out on all fours and let the impressions of the day pass me by. We recover from our experiences in Elburg and Hasselt with a cup of home-made coffee. However, our day is not quite over yet. Since we only get breakfast in the Stadsboerderij, we have made reservations for dinner in a restaurant on the IJssel. From our holiday home it is only a few minutes' walk to the banks of the IJssel, where we enjoy dinner overlooking the river at restaurant De Vier.


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

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

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Arrival in the Hanseatic cities in Holland

For example, book your journey here by flight, bus or train*. KLM and Lufthansa will follow Amsterdam. From there you then take a car, because this is the only way to be flexible enough to get to know the towns in the region better. For example, we traveled from southern Bavaria in our own car. We took two days for the journey with an overnight stay on the more than 1000 km long route. So the journey was easy to manage. At the same time, we extended our trip with interesting stopovers.

Rental cars for the beautiful cities in Holland

Cheap rental cars - book quickly and easily here

holiday parks

Landgoed 't Loo

Landal's holiday park is a popular destination for families and friends looking for a fun and relaxing time. For example, the park offers a variety of activities, including a recreational lake and indoor pool that are open to all guests. In addition, the park offers numerous types of holiday homes for groups of 4 to 12 people, including accessible and child-friendly accommodation.

The holiday park is located between the Hanseatic cities of Elburg and Zwolle and offers a central location for exploring the area. Many Hanseatic cities are within 20 km and Doesburg is only 60 km away. So guests can easily take day trips to visit the cities and learn about the local culture.

Overall, Landal's holiday park is an excellent choice for travelers looking for a combination of relaxation, entertainment and cultural exploration.



De Vlinderhoeve

Landal's holiday park is well suited for holidaymakers who want to spend a relaxing time. The park has a selection of bungalows of various sizes, suitable for groups of 2 to 8 people.

The park is situated between the cities of Deventer and Zutphen and offers a convenient location for exploring the area. Both cities are only about 10 km away and can easily be reached by bike. Other nearby Hanseatic cities are also easily accessible, as they are all a maximum of 60 km away and can be easily reached by car.



Our tip: Overall, holiday parks are a great option for travelers looking for a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Holiday parks also offer the opportunity to explore nearby cities and sights. We have this for example in Landal Marina Lipno holiday park tested in the Czech Republic and were thrilled. For a holiday in a holiday home or holiday apartment, please also note ours Packing list for holiday apartment and holiday home, so that you are perfectly prepared.


Do you like to travel to the Hanseatic cities in Holland with your motorhome?

– Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you can find information here, for example booking options. Or would you prefer to stay overnight  roof tent on the car? In addition, the overnight stay in camping tents is possible.
– Be sure to check our  packing list for camperswhether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour. After that you are ready for your trip to the Hanseatic cities in Holland.
– You also want to know where you are spend the night in a motorhome in Holland* Can you and are you looking for pitches and campsites? You can find information about this under this link, for example.
– A campsite near the Hanseatic cities is, for example, Camping De Zandhegge, Langeweg 14, 8166 GT Emst. There you can also have a good time after a day trip  Dutch Oven  or on the portable grill or maybe on a  campfire . You can also find Dutch oven accessories you can also find here.
-Why is a folding e-bike useful when camping?

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Other Slow Travel Tips and Food Travel you can find them for example under these links. Further Destinations in Holland we also present here. Do you want to discover other cities? What else do you think? beautiful cities in Germany?

Source for Beautiful Cities in Holland: On-site research. We would definitely like to thank Das Andere Holland for supporting this trip. However, our opinions remain our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Hanse Cities to Visit in Netherlands - A Road Trip through the Hanse Cities

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn