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Introducing Overijssel

Overijssel means 'beyond the IJssel', named after the river forming much of the province's western border. The province is hilly in the east near Germany and flat and soggy in the west along the former coastline, now landlocked by Flevoland's Noordoostpolder.

You might like to anchor yourself in Deventer to explore Overijssel, though Zwolle also has its charms. Giethoorn in the north is a watery novelty, but beware of swollen summer crowds.