Deventer is an old city in the Dutch province of Overijssel.
In medieval times Deventer was, thanks largely to its location along the river IJssel, a very important and wealthy city. A member of the Hanseatic League, her wealth was mostly thanks to trade along the same river. Many of the buildings erected in those profitable days still remain.
From Amsterdam, Deventer can be reached via the A1.
Deventer station is connected by train to cities such as Zwolle, Enschede, Arnhem, Nijmegen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Den Haag, Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport.
A journey from Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport takes about 90 minutes.
Every 2 hours there is a train from Amsterdam to Hannover and Berlin which calls at Deventer.
Deventer Colmschate is a second station 4km east of the centre, which is served by local stopping services between Apeldoorn and Almelo, Hengelo and Enschede.
The oldest part of the town, just south of the railway station, still contains many medieval buildings. Just walking around the compact centre there will be plenty to look at, but particularly attractive are the following:
- Bergkwartier (the district surrounding the Bergkerk, a church placed on a hillock)
- Noordenbergkwartier (a very old quarter)
- Saint Lebuinus Church, in Late Gothic style, at 42 Grote Kerkhof
- "Waag", 57 Brink
- Go up the bell tower in the Lebinius-church for some amazing views as well as the bullet holes in the walls outside.
- Deventer has its own Leaning Tower of Pisa, the 'Waag' (courthouse), that leans over quite a lot.
- See the bridge where the film "A Bridge Too Far" was shot(Arnhem was no longer in a similar historical state to the way it was during WW2).
- See the Motorcar museum.
- Take a walk on the river promenade, if it's not high tide.
- Visit various antique shops in the Walstraat, in the Bergkwartier
Deventer is moderately famous for its bookstores. Most will be in Dutch, but there might be a rare find somewhere.
In August Deventer hosts the largest open-air bookmarket in western Europe.
The city's most famous foodstuff is "Deventer Koek", which can be bought in the Koekhuisje (Cookie House) at 84 Brink.
- Chez Antoinette (bar bodega Chez Antoinette), Roggestraat 10-12, 7411 EP Deventer (walk from Central Station, 5 minutes), ☎ +31(0)570 616630, . Portugese restaurant, bar and bodega in the historic heart of Deventer. It is the town's evergreen- this place has been around for a long time and is rated high by the locals. Don't get fooled by its French name- this place serves truly authentic Portugese drinks and dishes. There's a very nice bar which is open till late at night and things can get quite crowded or 'gezellig' as the Dutch would call it. The restaurant definitely requires a booking if you want to be sure of a table. Just ring and make a reservation. (52.252374,6.162202)
Deventer has a few pubs catering to foreigners, although any local pub will make do in English or German.
The cities of Zutphen and Apeldoorn are some 15 km from Deventer. Zwolle and Arnhem are 30 minutes and an hour, respectively.