Deventer famous for its Cake! For over 400 years now the city enjoys international fame because of the high quality of the gingerbread, the “bijtjes” and the honey gingerbread. Only one cake factory has survived the ravages of time: Jb. Bussink. In the little shop with the same name on the Brink fresh cake is made every day. Therefore this is a good operating base to explore the dazzling, free, imperial Hanseatic City of Deventer over a cup of coffee with gingerbread.
The charming authentic town centre of Deventer, encompassing over 500 monumental buildings, is a dream location for a guided walking tour. Let us guide you through the city’s scenic mediaeval streets, take in the countless, lovingly restored historical buildings and squares simply oozing with old-town charm. Deventer’s rich cultural past and present can also be explored more thematically. Take a pick from the fascinating topics on offer and find your group the perfect walking tour, for example: Deventer Highlights, Ornate Gable Stones and Transom Lights, Industrial Heritage, the Devotio Moderna Movement, our Literary Tour or choose to go up the tower of the Grote of Lebuinuskerk.
We highly recommend combining any city walking tour with a visit to one of the city’s many charming restaurants, cafés and bars, and of course sampling the real Deventer Koek. Or visit the Charles Dickens Cabinet which has many interesting objects on display, including first print editions of world-famous Dickens books.
Deventer and the river IJssel are closely entwined. Finish off a visit to the historical centre of Deventer with a delightful boat trip. When on the water, take in the views and the fresh air. Go upstream to see Slot Nijenbeek and Hanseatic neighbour Zutphen. Alternatively, go downstream and enjoy the view of the floodplains towards Olst and Wijhe. The Deventer VVV tourist office has several vessels available especially for boat trips, for groups from 10 and up to 200 people – anywhere between authentic ‘glazenkast’ up to luxury party boat.