Hansa Towns

The goal of the Hanseatic League, which was founded when Amsterdam was still a tiny settlement, was to expand commerce and spread knowledge. Dutch cities like Zwolle, Kampen, Hattem and Deventer were members of this league, and this chapter in their history is still clearly visible in the many 14th and 15th-century monuments. Most of these are found by the water’s edge, as waterways represented crucial transport routes, and possess a rich history and unique façades. In other words, when in Holland, a visit to at least one Hansa town is almost compulsory.

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Places to visit

  • Hasselt

    This Hanseatic town is also known as Little Amsterdam.

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  • Kampen

    Discover the Hanseatic town of Kampen with a rich history and over 500 monuments.

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  • Zwolle

    Zwolle is a lively Hanseatic city with a Medieval centre, many shops and plenty of culinary treats.

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  • Hattem

    The charming, historic Hanseatic town in the Veluwe region.

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  • Harderwijk

    Historic Hanseatic town on IJsselmeer lake with many monuments and excellent restaurants.

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  • Deventer

    Discover this historic Hanseatic city and its many monuments.

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  • Zutphen

    Magnificent Hanseatic town with countless monuments.

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  • Doesburg

    One of Holland’s most important fortified towns.

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  • Elburg

    Visit the many historic buildings, museums and cafes and restaurants in this old Hanseatic town.

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