Zwolle, the green and welcoming Hansa city in the east of the Netherlands - Holland.com
People at the center square, named Grote Plein, in hanseatic city Zwolle
People at the center square, named Grote Plein, in hanseatic city Zwolle
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Zwolle

Why go?

Zwolle is well known as a historic Hanseatic city, but it also has a modern dynamic and lots of commercial activity. Walk from the medieval Sassenpoort to De Peperbus, visit De Fundatie museum, and discover other highlights. There are ample opportunities for great shopping, as well as wining and dining in Zwolle. The star-shaped city canal with green parks are very inviting, so don’t forget to go for a walk or take a boat tour.

See & do

Eating & drinking

People on the main market square in Zwolle
Culinary experience

5x lunch and dinner in Zwolle

Restaurants and terraces: the best lunch spots in Zwolle

Where to stay

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Unique accommodations

5 unique accommodations in the Hanseatic city of Zwolle

A warehouse, city tower, four-star hotel, and two more locations out of the ordinary: find them here!

Highlights

Some of the historic highlights of the city are De Peperbus, Grote Kerk (great church), Sassenpoort (old city gate), Dominicanenklooster (Dominican monastery), and a part of the 15th century city wall that has been preserved. For shopping, there is a fantastic city center with plenty of options, lunchrooms and great restaurants. Sassenstraat is among the top 10 shopping streets in the Netherlands. The extraordinary book shop Waanders In de Broeren and authentic Zwolse Balletjeshuis are definitely must-see venues. Dinoland is a fantastic attraction for children. With lots of greenery and beautiful surroundings, Zwolle is the perfect city for boat tours, walks, bicycle rides, or a relaxing day at one of the parks. In the winter months, enjoy the Ice Sculpture Festival while in summer, the Street Festival and flavorful Chef’s Revolution event are highly recommended.

Zwolle church tower, called Peperbus

Climb De Peperbus

The 75 meter high city tower is the most iconic structure in Zwolle. If you are not afraid of heights, the 234-step climb will reward you with a stunning view of the city and its monuments.

Events in Zwolle

Event

Ice Sculpture Festival

Dec. 12, 2020 through Feb. 28, 2021 Zwolle

Visit the greatest ice sculptures. The world’s best ice sculptors demonstrate their art here.

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Transport in Zwolle

Public transport

Zwolle is easily accessible as an important hub with railway connections to the rest of the Netherlands. From the train station, it is just a ten-minute walk to the city center. Or grab a bicycle taxi if you don’t feel like walking.

By car

Zwolle has ample parking facilities, but cars are not welcome in most of the inner city. Follow the P-route signs to one of the underground car parks.

Transport in Nederland

Distances within Holland are easily bridged. Any location you might want to visit can be reached within three hours. The train, bus and tram will taken you pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can also explore Holland by bicycle. With over 32,000 kilometers worth of bicycle paths, Holland is a real cycling country with many fantastic cycling routes.

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