The Dutch ‘Hanzesteden’ (Hanseatic Towns) are seven towns situated along the river ‘IJssel’. In the 14th and 15th century, they formed a traders union that lead to enormous prosperity and wealth. You can still sense the rich history of the cities Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle, Hattem, Deventer, Zutphen and Doesburg.
These seven cities were once important centers of commerce and culture. Today they are pleasant and romantic towns that attract many tourists who want to enjoy the historic character and the local cuisine, shopping possibilities and flora and fauna. Take your time to soak in the breathtaking sceneries around the river IJssel.
Cycling between the Hanseatic Towns
The cities have numerous shops, museums and restaurants and are ideal for a romantic weekend. But it is also highly recommended to rent a bike and explore the surrounding areas with its wooded river dunes, castles and waterfronts of the old Hanseatic League.