Have you ever wondered how the Dutch spend their vacation? Although many Dutch tourists travel all over the world, there are definitely some destinations that are not well-known by the general traveler public. In the “How the Dutch Travel” series, we will guide you to the best hidden gems of Holland!

The first place we would like to tell you about is Zwolle. This city is not well known by international tourists. But did you know the Dutch love to visit Zwolle? It is the perfect destination if you like to go on a day trip. Or extend your stay in the Zwolle area for a nice weekend trip. If you love the history of the Medieval era, Zwolle is the place for you!

Zwolle used to be one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the Medieval era. The city thanks its wealth to its location on the banks of the IJssel river. The city was a member of the Hanseatic League, a predecessor of the European Union when it comes to trade and cooperation. You can find Hansa cities near rivers in Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In Medieval times your fastest mode of transport was by boat, which is why the cities near the rivers developed so quickly.

Zwolle’s rapid development into a powerful and wealthy town can still be seen today. Simply explore city centre! Small alleys, impressive fortifications and city walls, the 600-year old Sassenpoort gate, the star-shaped city moat ⭐️ all show off the Hanseatic wealth. The city centre is flanked by monumental merchant’s homes and trees, giving Zwolle its characteristic appearance. In short, this city begs to be explored!

If you like to experience Medieval life, come to Zwolle! If you wish to visit the city you can choose our History of Holland tour. But if you prefer to have a different tour, we can tailor one to your needs. Simply contact us and we will be ready to help you have the best Holland experience!