Zwolle - Capital City of the province of Overijssel
Distance 15 miles
Inhabited since the bronze age. The modern city was founded around 800 A.D. by Frisian merchants. The name "Zwolle" is derived from the word "Suolle", which means "hill".Modern day Zwolle is still surrounded by a moat still has many historic building and churches. The ideal day trip with the right mix of culture and shopping. Friday and Saturday are the market days.
Zwolle - Museum 'de Fundatie'
Distance 15 miles
Museum de Fundatie owns and administers a substantial collection of art, accumulated by Dirk Hannema, the former director of the Boymans Museum. This collection was later supplemented with other major works, especially form the art collection of the Province of Overijssel. The collection and other, temporary exhibitions are on show at tow splendid locations: Castle 'Het Nijenhuis' near Heino and the Palace at the Blijmarkt in Zwolle.
More information: http://www.museumdefundatie.nl/?lang=eng
Staphorst / Rouveen – The village with green window shutters
Distance 20 miles
Started in the 13th century by monks. All the farms were built along the long road through the bog area. Thus a lengthy row of farms was built, becoming the 7 miles long village of Staphorst-Rouveen. This phenomenon is called in Dutch: lintbebouwing (ribbon urbanization). In many parts of the Netherlands this type of village is quite common. The farms are of the traditional Low Saxon type. They have green doors and window shutters. Most farms existing now were built between 1850 and 1910. Staphorst is famous for people wearing traditional dress. Furthermore, it is one of the most religious towns of the Netherlands. A large proportion of the population holds fundamentalist Christian (Calvinist) beliefs, and oppose technologies such as television. This is in contrast to the permissive, libertarian tendency in Dutch law. Nevertheless, Staphorst has a big industrial area with small, but modern enterprises; Staphorst grinds to a halt on Sundays and it’s best not to visit on this day; on days other than Sundays, tourists are welcome.
Distance 26 miles
Deventer is a medieval Hanseatic town on the river IJssel and one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands. There are many old brick houses and several historic monuments. The old city centre is the background for the Charles Dickens Festival every December. Deventer is also a great city to go shopping. Every Friday and Saturday there is market on the town square De Brink.
Elburg - A Quaint Medieval town
Distance 30 miles
A quaint medieval town which has remained largely unchanged through the centuries. Elburg has remained largely a fishing and farming center until it was cut off from the Zuiderzee (later renamed IJsselmeer in 1932).
Giethoorn - The village with no roads
Distance 40 miles
This idyllic village has no roads, and the only access is by water over the many beautiful canals or on foot over its wooden arch bridges. The locals use punters to get around and cars have to remain outside the village.
Giethoorn has 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century. It's no surprise Giethoorn is a popular tourist attraction and has been given the nickname the Venice of the Netherlands. Cycling and sailing as well as a guided canal tour are some of the many ways to discover its rustic charm. The village was founded by a group of fugitives from the Mediterranean region around AD 1230. It became well known in 1958 when it was featured in the film Fanfare, made by Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra. Boat / punts and bicycles can be rented locally.