Mini guide to Zutphen
Zutphen is a city in the north of the province of Gelderland, close to the border
with Overijssel province in the Netherlands. Once a flourishing member of the
Hanseatic League, profiting from the trade on the Baltics, and now a charming
provincial town with many reminders of its medieval golden age, Zutphen is pleasant
place to visit.
Zutphen is a remarkably intact medieval city. It has been an important member
of the Hanseatic League. One of the highlights of the city is the Librije, the
oldest still existing public library in Europe. It was founded in the 16th century
as a public library and still holds a collection of medieval books.
The church of St Walburgis is an impressive Gothic church with separate roofs
on all of its segments, which gives it quite a skyline of its own. Zutphen's
old centre is still partly surrounded by its medieval walls, but the Berkelpoort
(Berkel Gate), which is built over the river Berkel, is the only surviving city
gate. Archaeological finds in Zutphen can be discovered at the Stedelijk Museum.
Visitors can still find pieces of the old city walls which once protected Zutphen
from attack. The local tourist office offers 1 hour, 30 minute sightseeing trips
by boat on the Berkel river.
There are many nearby attractions, including Kampen, the town of the many towers,
where you can visit the largest cigar on earth. Nearby Deventer has many attractions
including: the Great Church (Lebuinus Church) and its tower, the beautifully
historic City Hall and het Noordenbergkwartier (a very old quarter). The River
IJssel makes the location of this town and its surroundings unique.
Zutphen can be reached via car or bus from Zwolle, the provincial capital.
There are trains every hour from Amsterdam Centraal Station, via Apeldoorn to
Zwolle. Buses leave every hour on average from Apeldoorn. The nearest international
airport is in Amsterdam.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Golden Tulip Resort Hotel Inntel Zutphen
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