The Historical East
The eastern part of the Netherlands holds many castles, mansions, squares and other imposing structures that date from a prosperous medieval period. The rural landscape make it one of the most attractive areas of the Netherlands and very popular among cyclists and walkers.
Who says Achterhoek says castles. There are dozens of country houses scattered in the landscape of the former nobility Gelderland. Some originally built as a fortification in the early or late Middle Ages, as other upscale abode in the 17th and 18th centuries. On and around the estates, but also in farmhouses or even in different historical city centers, have created beautiful gardens.
The Achterhoek region lies in the eastern part of Holland. In the past years lots of cycling, walking and (inline) skating routes have been mapped out here. Small wonder, as the conditions are perfect in this area. Quiet roads combine with smooth surfaces and a varied landscape.
Dutch Hanseatic Cities
The Hanseatic League - a mainly German federation of towns that developed laws, regulations and other policies in order to promote trade - gained in influence during Philips rule. Several Dutch towns including Deventer and Zwolle joined the federation. Due to the Hanseatic trade, the Dutch's shipbuilding skills greatly improved and merchants grew wealthy selling their luxury products. The arts flourished as well around this time. This made the Low Countries a very desirable region to the rulers of the time.
The Dutch Hanseatic cities are Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle, Hattem, Deventer, Zutphen and Doesburg. One of the sportive ways to discover the Dutch Hanseatic is by foot. Follow the river Ijssel and you will enjoy the natural sceneries and many cultural highlights. One of the most popular trails is the Hanseatic City Foot Path.