Deventer is a municipality in the Dutch province of Overijssel, it has a population of just under 100,000 and even today manages to retain a bit of it’s old world charm. The city, which is built along the banks of the river Ijssel, is a very historical town and one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Deventer is a nice small and cozy city, with a rich history and an old city centre which has a great atmosphere. There are many monuments and fine old buildings to look at as.
If you wish to taste the atmosphere of this centuries-old Hanseatic city, the best thing you can do is take a walk. Walk past the many monuments, squares, churches, museums, and also the oldest stone house in Holland. Deventer is also home to Holland’s oldest library, the Atheneum bibliotheek and Holland’s oldest park, the Worpplantsoen.
Although many of the big international fashion brand shops are represented in Deventer, there are also some interesting independent stores, which sell everything from crafts, books, and local goods, as well as some very good delicatessens. As with many old towns, if you wander down the alleys and back streets you can often find some fascinating little shops.
Deventer has 2 railway stations and benefits greatly from being at the intersection between 2 important railway lines. There are trains from Deventer to Amsterdam, Utrecht, Zwolle, Arnhem, The Hague, Berlin and Hamburg. The journey time to Amsterdam is 1 hour and 20 minutes.