Welcome to Zwolle

Where is Zwolle

The historic Hanseatic city of Zwolle is located near IJsselmeer lake, and is connected to it via the river IJssel and a channel. However, Zwolle isn't just a Hanseatic city - it's also the capital of the Dutch province Overijssel, which is known for its historic cities, the many rivers and streams, and nature reserves. As a capital, Zwolle is very easy to reach with public transport such as buses and trains. Zwolle Station is in a central location, only a few meters outside the star-shaped historical center.

Zwolle: a historical yet trendy Hanseatic city

The city has a medieval center, a magical theater, a large variety of shops, marvelous hotels and restaurants and several lovely parks. Zwolle really does offer everything you'd expect of a modern city, yet also preserves the intimacy of the past. The historic facades, the city walls and towers, the 600-year-old Sassenpoort (city gate) and star-shaped city canal, flanked by impressive merchants' houses and trees, are Zwolle's distinguishing features. The wonderful lanes and impressive fortresses invite you to explore this city.


The Peperbustoren is a landmark of the city of Zwolle. This 75 m high tower of the 'Onze Lieve Vrouwenbasiliek' has been a landmark of the city since the 14th century. You can also climb this tower and enjoy a marvelous view of the city.


The Grote or Sint Michaelskerk from the 15th century is a building with a rich cultural and historical past. The church is famous for its Gothic architecture, its various historical building sections and the world-famous Schnitger organ with 4 manual stops (1721).

The Museum de Fundatie organizes interesting exhibitions, and has branches in Heino and Zwolle. You should also visit one of the many culinary establishments and try some regional dishes, such as Zwolse Mosterd (mustard), Peperbuskaas (cheese specialty), Balletjes (sweets) and Blauwvingerkoekjes (cookies).

In the Dutch Bakery Museum, housed in three historic buildings, visitors can learn everything about bread and baking

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