Welcome to the capital of Overijssel, steeped in history. In the Golden Age (roughly the 17th century) Zwolle rapidly developed into a powerful Hanseatic city. When you walk through the medieval centre you literally taste its rich past up until today. The historic gables, the monumental patrician’s houses, the ancient city wall and the moat are showpieces of Zwolle’s beautiful history. So are the many monuments and churches. Its 600-year-old city gate, the Sassenpoort, is mentioned in the top 100 of the National Heritage Register.
Peperbus and Grote Kerk
Since the 14th century Zwolle’s undisputed landmark has been De Peperbus (the Peppermill), a 75-meter high spire connected to the Basilica of Onze Lieve Vrouwe (Our Blessed Lady). The reward of climbing this tower is a stunning view over the city. The 15th century St Michael’s Church – locally known as De Grote Kerk (the Great Church) – is rich in culture and history. Not only because of the impressive gothic architecture, but also because of the monuments inside. This massive structure is regarded as one of the most important buildings in Zwolle. The four-keyboard Schnitger organ was built in 1721 and is world-famous.
A Tasty Piece of History
Historically Zwolle claims a top position and that can be said of its culinary heritage, too. A considerable number of bars and restaurants are housed in buildings with important historical value. A fine example is the three Michelin Star restaurant The Librije, which name is derived from the word “liberie”. It is generally assumed the building is the former library of the adjacent Broerenklooster (Cloister of the Brethren). The history of De Tagrijn, a wonderful tiny pub in the Zwanentoren (Swan’s Tower), part of the ramparts, dates back to before 1323. The brasserie Het Vliegerhuys is one of the oldest remaining houses in the inner city and was built around 1450.
The Tourist Board (VVV)
TheTourist Board is located in Waanders Boekverkopers.
VVV / Tourist Board Zwolle
Tel: + 31 (0)38-4213844