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Top Choice Church in Zwolle

Onze Lieve Vrouwe

People from Zwolle say they know they're home when they see the Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren (also known as the Peperbus, or Peppermill), the huge former church that dominates the skyline. From atop the tower (234 steps!)…
Top Choice Museum in Zwolle

Museum De Fundatie

Housed in a neoclassical courthouse, Zwolle's acclaimed art museum stages large-scale temporary exhibits by contemporary figures. The small permanent exhibit traces the trajectory of modern art through representativ…
Top Choice Church in Deventer

Grote of Lebuïnuskerk

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 wall paintings, whitewashed by Protestant mobs in 1580, were la…
Top Choice Fusion in Zwolle

’t Pestengasthuys

Counter-intuitive as it may seem to house an elegant restaurant inside an old hospital for plague victims, the dark past will soon be forgotten by the time you've sampled the appetizers. There's a three-to-five cour…
Top Choice Dutch in Zwolle


A former blacksmith's shop has been converted to this simple yet elegant restaurant. The open kitchen issues forth a steady stream of superb seasonal dishes. Spring brings asparagus, summer brings mussels and autumn…
Top Choice Bistro in Deventer


Chef Pieter adds a French accent to local organic ingredients while sommelier Heleen chooses the right wines at this homey cafe below a small theatre. Service is polished – like the silver. Book ahead.
Top Choice Market in Zwolle


The market occupies most of the former Melkmarkt, Oude Vismarkt and the star-shaped centre. Fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes – anything goes. In summer, crowds surge and it becomes a party.
Top Choice Dutch in Kampen

Restaurant de Bottermarck

A culinarily innovative couple run this fine bistro in a historic building; the changing menu is fresh and seasonal.
Cultural Centre in Deventer

Etty Hillesum Centre

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 she kept a diary, though she made no attempt to hide and in fact…
Historic Building in Deventer


The 1528 weigh-house is in the middle of the square. Look for the cauldron on the north side – legend tells of a 16th-century clerk boiled alive inside after he was discovered substituting cheap metals for precious …