Doetinchem is a charming town in the Achterhoek where history buffs can enjoy history and shoppers can shop till they drop.
Doetinchem is a historic town in the province of Gelderland and is close to the German border. Doetinchem was first mentioned in 838. Then the town was just a settlement with a church, but it started growing around 1100. A fire raged through the town in 1527 destroying lots of archives, but enough has survived for history buffs to discover and appreciate.
Plan time for Kasteel de Kelder in the Kruisbergse Bossen. This romantic castle built in the 17th century has a rich history. Events such as coffee concerts, dog shows and a mediaeval festival are held here on a regular basis. There’s also Villa Ruimzicht. This stunning building is currently a hotel with a beautiful park. Enjoy the peaceful and sophisticated ambiance during a delicious lunch or dinner. Doetinchem's Stadsmuseum is located in the former post office and is a great example of Amsterdam School architecture. The museum has a number of collections that include works by local artists and archaeological finds.
Doetinchem is a versatile holiday destination that also caters to children. Kokiezier, for example, is a petting zoo where you can get close to goats, sheep, chickens and ponies. Young visitors can move around the grounds on tricycles, go-carts and push cars. On a hot summer day, you might want to head out to De Bijvoorde. This heated outdoor swimming pool is situated in a beautiful green environment and has a really big sunbathing area. There's also a wading pool for very young visitors.
Doetinchem is easy to reach by both train and car. Go to Expedia's website and book an affordable holiday package for this versatile town. If you want to see more of the surroundings in your own time, think about hiring a car through Expedia.