Among the splendid reminders of Deventer's Hanseatic past is the Penninckshuis, in the enclosure behind the statue of Albert Schweitzer. Home of the 16th-century cloth merchant Herman Penninck, it has a sculpted facade that's considered a highlight of the Renaissance. It is home to the tourist office today.

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Nearby Overijssel attractions

1. Walstraat 20

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Shows a woman descending the wall while hanging by a sheet, a reminder of its former use as a women's prison. Nearby are murals from the novels of Charles…

2. Etty Hillesum Centre

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The centre is devoted to the writer and philosopher Etty Hillesum, a Jewish woman who lived in Deventer prior to the Second World War. Like Anne Frank,…

3. Museum de Waag

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At home in one of the country's oldest weighing houses (1528), this evocative museum in the middle of the Brink explores local history. During Deventer's…

4. Bergkerk

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At the top of Bergstraat, this deconsecrated Romanesque basilica (1198-1209) has landmark towers that date to the 13th century. It plays host to…

5. Oldest Stone House


On a tiny alley just off Kleine Poot, look for the oldest stone house in town, a much-modified AD 1100 vintage building with still-discernible Romanesque…

6. Grote of Lebuïnuskerk

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The city's main church is named after the English cleric who founded it in 738; the present Gothic structure dates from the late 15th century. Its many…


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Eye-catching temporary exhibitions covering everything from contemporary costumes and jewellery to modern art and design take place in the town's…

8. Paleis Het Loo


This dazzling palace, 3.5km north of downtown Apeldoorn, was built in 1685 for William III, and Queen Wilhelmina lived here until 1962. Until 2021 its…