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ZwolleNetherlands

This small Hanseatic city has a historic centre full of excellent restaurants, museums and other great sites. There are also a lot of things to do outside of town. 

Zwolle has a very charming city centre and is a great destination for a long or short weekend or even a holiday. There's a lot to do here! Stroll along the canals, take a seat at a sidewalk café, go shopping and take in the culture of this beautiful city in the province of Overijssel.

Zwolle was an important Hanseatic city in the middle ages and you can still find traces of its rich history today such as facings, canals and the old city gate.

If you're interested in finding out more about this Hanseatic city's history the Sassenpoort, which dates from the beginning of the 13th century, is a must. The gate was part of the city's defences and is listed as one of the top 100 Dutch monuments on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. The Stedelijk Museum Zwolle is a great place to learn more about the city's cultural history.

The reward for climbing the 200 steps of the old Peperbus, a striking 75 m tall tower, is a fantastic view of the city and the surrounding countryside!

And if that whets your appetite to go out and spend some time exploring the area, the best way of doing so is by bus or car. Spend a day at theme park Avonturenpark Hellendoorn or visit Giethoorn, a beautiful village which is famous for its waterways and can be easily combined with a trip to Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden.

Zwolle is pretty small and easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. A tour around the star-shaped canals will also give you an interesting perspective of the city and take you along historic and listed buildings while you sit back and relax.

Once you’re in the Netherlands, Zwolle can be easily reached by public transport; a direct train from Rotterdam, for example, will get you to Zwolle in 90 minutes. Alternatively, if you're travelling by car or the town is in close proximity to the A28 and the A50. You can park your car in the city centre but bear in mind that there are different parking zones with different rates.

Zwolle is a great place for a weekend getaway. If you want to discover more of the surroundings, a longer stay is recommended. Discover this lovely city!

Where to stay in Zwolle

Top hotels in Zwolle

Van der Valk Hotel Zwolle
Van der Valk Hotel Zwolle
4 out of 5
Nieuwleusenerdijk 1, Zwolle
The price is £109 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Anningahof Sculpture Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Museum De Fundatie and Grote Markt. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (142 reviews)
Great Hotel

"First time at this hotel but certainly not the last"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2020

Van der Valk Hotel Zwolle
Lumen Hotel Zwolle
Lumen Hotel Zwolle
4 out of 5
Stadionplein 20, Zwolle
The price is £89 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sassenpoort, Grote Markt and Grote Kerk. Museum De Fundatie and Anningahof ...

4.4/5Excellent! (242 reviews)

"Zeer gastvrij en schoon hotel. Bedden waren prima. Ontbijt was ook goed. Wij hebben genoten."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

Lumen Hotel Zwolle
De Koperen Hoogte
De Koperen Hoogte
4 out of 5
Lichtmisweg 51, Zwolle
The price is £114 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Situated in Zwolle, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Museum Staphorst, Anningahof Sculpture Park and De Zwarte Dennen. Museum De Fundatie and Grote Markt ...

4/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"Picked this hotel because it is easy to get to, near Zwolle and different. If one of the main features of this hotel is the views, management should consider getting the windows washed sometimes. Looks like that was never done since the opening in the 1990's. Rooms look dated. Over the top bathroom ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

De Koperen Hoogte
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Zwolle

'jantjes Lief' Appartement
'jantjes Lief' Appartement
Zwolle, Overijssel
The price is £127 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Located in Zwolle City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Grote Markt and Sassenpoort. Grote Kerk and Museum De Fundatie are also within ...

'jantjes Lief' Appartement
Vakantiepark Mölke
Vakantiepark Mölke
3 out of 5
Molendijk 107, Zuna, Rijssen, Overijssel
The price is £264 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

This family-friendly Rijssen condominium resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Parkgebouw Rijssen and Rijssens Museum. Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park Hellendoorn ...

3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)

"Super dejligt og trygt område for familie med mindre børn. Mange muligheder for cykelture på stier, at bade, og mange små legepladser rundt omkring i området."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019

Vakantiepark Mölke
4-person mobile home on Lake Veluwe on a 5 * campsite in Elburg
4-person mobile home on Lake Veluwe on a 5 * campsite in Elburg
Flevoweg, 5, Elburg, Gelderland

Located in the heart of Elburg, this historic campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Elburg Vischmarkt and Gemeentemuseum. Walibi Holland and Veluwemeer are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Langes Wochenende im Gelderland

"Das gemütliche Chalet liegt 30m vom VeluweMeer entfernt und hat alles, was man für einen schönen Urlaub braucht. Die Vermieter sind sehr sympatisch-"…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019

4-person mobile home on Lake Veluwe on a 5 * campsite in Elburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Zwolle

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19 Jan 2020

Zwolle is clean, cozy and friendly

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