Two-day trip to the Hanseatic towns

Day 1 Hattem & Elburg

Hattem, one of the Hanseatic Towns in the Veluwe region, has its own distinct charm and identity. The illustrious history of the mediaeval Hanseatic League has left traces here and transformed the town into an attractive tourist experience. The town centre has many authentic shops and plenty of charming outdoor cafés. Not only that, Hattem also has three museums!

Visit the Bakkerij Museum to learn about bakers and baking and to see the inside of an old bakery. Discover how bakers work, go back in time in the old bakery and have a go at baking too! A visit to the bakery museum can easily be combined with a city walk. Time needed: about two and a half hours.

Bakkerij Museum + city walk | +31 (0)38 4441 715 | | Kerkhofstraat 13, Hattem

As you walk around Elburg, you will feel as though you are back in the Middle Ages. The magnificent trees on the old city walls (wallen), the narrow alleyways, cobbled pavements and wonderful views make the fortified town a charming place for enjoyable walks. The design of the fishing town is based on the principle of the ‘golden section’, a rarity in urban development, to which the town owes its characteristic shape and grid-like street plan.

Go and look at the old fishing boats at the Botterwerf and visit Museum de Sjoel to learn about Jewish daily life and the more unusual events in the lives of 12 Jewish families who lived in Elburg from 1700 onwards. By then it will be time for a tasty lunch at the brewery, Brouwerij Eembier, where you can also join a tour of the brewery. Time needed: about two and a half hours.

Museum de Sjoel | +31 (0)525 685 564 | Graaf Hendriksteeg 2, Elburg

Brouwerij Eembier | +31 (0)6 2826 8184 |

Day 2 Harderwijk

Harderwijk is a magnificent historic town, surrounded by the Veluwe countryside and water. The town is bustling and friendly and provides numerous opportunities for enjoying culinary delights. Shoppers can indulge themselves too, since the town has plenty of lovely little boutiques.

And don’t miss a visit to the Marius van Dokkum Museum while you are in Harderwijk, which is a very enjoyable way to spend 45 minutes. After that, take a tour of the new Palingmuseum (eel museum) about the history of Harderwijk. Complete your morning with fish for lunch.

Optional: a boat trip on the chain of lakes separating Gelderland from the Flevopolder (Randmeren) with a visit to the urban beach and Walhalla.

Marius van Dokkum Museum | +31 (0)341 414 468 | | Academiestraat 7, Harderwijk

Boat trip | +31 (0)6 2154 6216 | | Strandboulevard West 16, Harderwijk

Distances and times
Car park at Hattem > 25 mins / 26 km > Car park at Elburg
Car park at Elburg > 25 mins / 28 km > Harderwijk

More information

For further information or to make special arrangements, please contact Nico de Mol, Visit the Other Holland, +31 (0)6 407 639 48 or​.