Hanseatic route: along the power and splendor of the Hanseatic cities

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Zwartewaterland
  • 113.09 km (Approximately 06:39 u)
  • Cycling route 117672

Hanseatic route: along the power and splendor of the Hanseatic cities

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Zwartewaterland
  • 113.09 km (Approximately 06:39 u)
  • Cycling route 117672
The Hanseatic Route is the middle part of the LF3. Route signs point the way in both directions along the alternating valley of the IJssel and the Hanseatic cities. The Hanzevallei has high river dikes with impressive views over the IJssel. Occasionally the routes go a little deeper into the valley through wooded estates and past stately manors. At the end of the path there is always a Hanseatic city where you can go.

The illustrious history of the Hanseatic League
The glorious history of the Medieval Hanseatic League has left its mark in Doesburg, Zutphen, Deventer, Hattem, Zwolle, Kampen and Hasselt. Each city has its own charm. In Hasselt, beer, fish, wood, cattle, corn and roof tiles produced here were traded. Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It was first mentioned as a small settlement in the year 806. You pass the Bolwerksmolen, a sawmill from 1863.

Old trading towns
Kampen grew considerably in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, mainly due to its favorable location on the IJssel. Skippers sail in and out and even now the water is optimally used for recreation. In Zwolle, past and present go hand in hand. The cultural offer is varied and ancient monuments and modern buildings merge seamlessly.

Historic Sites
You will also cycle through the Hanseatic cities of Hattem, Zutphen and Doesburg. Along the way you will come across the Wijhese Molen in Wijhe, the oldest existing octagonal scaffolding mill in Overijssel. In the hamlet of Diepenveen you pass Huis Nieuw Rande.'Oud Rande\\\' is already mentioned in documents from 1285 and the tower you see is the only remaining remnant of the old manor.
Buy the'De IJssel\\\' map at the VVV or Tourist Info and cycle along the Hanseatic cities.

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Read more about the Hanseatic cities in the Netherlands here


# Description Distance
Hanzestad Hasselt (Zwartewaterland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
38 (8061HB, Zwartewaterland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.28 km
36 (Cellemuiden, 8061RR, Zwartewaterland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.71 km
29 (8294PD, Zwartewaterland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 3.18 km
7 (8293PA, Kampen, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 7.88 km
46 (Sonnenbergweg, 8271RJ, Kampen, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 10.51 km


Hanzestad Hasselt


Hasselt is a small Hanseatic city with a rich history. In the historic city center of Hasselt you will find more than 70 national monuments and a canal belt. So there is more than enough to see here and we have not even included all the beautiful hidden places. The centuries-old town north of Zwolle is best explored on foot or from a boat. Stroll over the drawbridges and along the canal or view the city from the water and look for traces of the city's glorious past. Hasselt was mentioned as a Hanseatic city from 1367. The Hanseatic League was a trade alliance between different cities. The city flourished as a result of trade and Hasselt experienced two centuries of prosperity. During this time, much trade took place via the Zwarte Water, a river that was connected to the Vecht and the Zuiderzee. The merchandise consisted of sandstone from Bentheim, wood, barrels with beer and roof tiles that were manufactured in Hasselt itself.

Hanzestad Kampen

8261 HW Kampen

Hanseatic city Kampen has many medieval attractions, including its 3 city gates. The Broederpoort dates from 1456. Another gate is called the Koornmarktspoort, probably from the 15th century and finally there is the Cellebroederspoort from 1465.

Hanzestad Zwolle

Horreus de Haaspad
8019 BM Zwolle

The Hanseatic city of Zwolle has a lot to offer you: a beautiful medieval center with centuries-old buildings and attractive alleys, a wide range of shops, cozy restaurants, beautiful parks and interesting museums. Zwolle joined the German Hanseatic League in 1407, an alliance between cities to stimulate trade. Zwolle experienced its 'Golden Age' as a result in the 15th century. Zwolle used to have a favorable location on existing trade routes and the city benefited from this. Nowadays you can still see traces of this rich history in Zwolle. Think of historic decorated facades, the defensive wall, the Sassenpoort, the Peperbus and the star-shaped city moat. All these sights are all worth a visit. Take a walk or a bike ride through Zwolle and admire all the beauty that can be found here. Enough of all the history? Then you can also enjoy shopping in Zwolle. It is the largest shopping city in Overijssel.

De Wijhese Molen

De Wijhese Molen 5
8131 BG Olst-Wijhe

The Wijhese Molen was built in 1703. This makes the mill the oldest octagonal mill in the province of Overijssel. In various beams in the mill are various inscriptions: the oldest that has been found reads: "GVB 1705".

Huis Nieuw Rande

Nieuw Rande
7431 RE Deventer

Rande Castle was first mentioned in documents in 1285, but nothing remains of this castle. At the beginning of the 21st century, Huis Nieuw Rande was built here and in the meantime another house was being demolished.

Hanzestad Deventer


Deventer is one of the five oldest cities in the Netherlands. Between 1000 and 1500 Deventer developed into a true trading center. This was partly due to the fact that the city joined the German Hanseatic League. This alliance was intended to promote trade between cities and to protect merchants. At the time, the city was an important port city on the IJssel. During the Middle Ages, Deventer attracted merchants from all over Europe to participate in the annual fairs in this city. The current historic city center was created during this period. Nowadays, Deventer is primarily a lively city with an authentic atmosphere and a beautiful green environment. In the center of the city you will find monumental buildings that are worthwhile. Here you will find the oldest stone house in the Netherlands in the Sandra Alley. In the middle of the city you will find the Brink, a long market square with trees, cozy terraces and monumental buildings around it


7419 AA Deventer

De Bolwerksmolen is a sawmill in Deventer on the west bank of the IJssel, near the Wilhelmina Bridge. At the beginning of the 21st century, the mill had subsided to such an extent that a radical restoration lasting one and a half years was necessary. The mill is operated by the Bolwerksmolen Foundation.

Hanzestad Zutphen


Zutphen is also called the Tower City, because of the historic towers that you will find in this city. A large part of the monumental buildings and the historic center of the city were created in the Hanseatic period. In the 12th century, Zutphen joined the Hanseatic League, an alliance between various cities to promote trade. This alliance created great wealth in Zutphen. Herring, butter and beer were transported from Zutphen to other cities via the IJssel and the Rhine and by sea. Wine was the commercial product that was mainly taken back to Zutphen. Wood was mainly transported over land and over the Berkel. Both Zutphen and Deventer are major players in the timber market. You can still see the wealth of that time in the city. In the center of the city you will come across warehouses, merchant houses and churches that are beautifully decorated. Pay a visit to Zutphen and admire the historic center of the city.

Hanzestad Doesburg


Doesburg is an ancient Hanseatic town. The city already received city rights in the year 1237. That is no less than sixty years earlier than Amsterdam. Furthermore, the city is conveniently located at the confluence of the IJssel and the Oude IJssel. This location allowed the town to develop into a fortified settlement with four city gates: the Veerpoort, the Koepoort, the Meipoort and the Ooipoort. When Doesburg also joined the Hanseatic League, the status of the city was completely established. In the 13th century, the city grew into an important administrative trade center for a large area that reached as far as Emmerich in Germany. You can still find beautiful old buildings in the center of Doesburg. A beautiful city walk through Doesburg is therefore absolutely worthwhile. Another nice attraction in the city is the Mustard Museum. Learn all about mustard here and stock up on a jar of artisan mustard for home.

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