Day trip

Discover and experience Deventer

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Deventer is fun! The stores, the streets, the people ... not to mention the cultural attractions. This Hanseatic city has beautiful buildings, but also very nice events and markets. What is there to do in Deventer?

Deventer Koekwinkel

Deventer and cake are inextricably linked. For more than 400 years, the world-famous spiced cake has been baked in this historic Hanseatic city.

Jb. Bussink is the only baker who still bakes the real Deventer Koek, according to an ancient and still secret recipe. Lovers of Deventer Koek still come from far and wide to the cozy Deventer Koekwinkeltje for their favorite treat.
Where: Brink 84

Toy Museum

Winding through the narrow staircase of the two medieval warehouses in which the Toy Museum is located. Deventer is located, you encounter the world in miniature.

In the many intimate rooms you will see toys you used to play with yourself, the toys of your parents, your grandmother and of even longer ago. The collection comprises more than 13,000 objects. Highlights include about 2000 trains and mechanical toys, dolls (about 350), dollhouses (about 200), construction toys (about 250), optical toys (about 450), children's books (about 2060) and prints (about 600), games (about 1700) and outdoor toys.
Where: Brink 47

Museum De Waag: City History

Museum De Waag is housed in one of the oldest weighing buildings in the Netherlands. It is an icon of the city, located on the Brink of Deventer. In 1344 the city received the right to hold annual fairs and from 1386 there were five annual fairs per year.

From all corners of the world, traders came to Deventer to sell their wares on the Brink. In the 19th century the weighing function disappeared and the building became a 'Teekenschool'. For a while it was even a telegraph station. In 1915 the building became a museum. Since then one can still view the old treasures of the city in this special monument.
Where: Brink 56

Climbing the Libuinus church

An originally Romanesque church with crypt and many wall and vault paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries. In the Middle Ages, the Lebuïnuskerk in Deventer was the main church of the city and one of the main churches within the diocese of Utrecht.

The Grote or Lebuinuskerk originally had a complex of towers. The central tower was flanked by four smaller ones, largely demolished in 1454. The foundation stone for the present tower was laid in the summer of 1459. The narrow spiral staircase to the second corridor at 46 meters consists of 220 steps.

The Lebuinustoren is open to the public during the summer months from June through August. Info: , tel. 0570-710120

Throughout the year it is possible to climb the tower under the guidance of a guide at any desired day and time (outside the regular opening hours in the summer months). Reservations:, tel. 0570-649959, choice 1.

Oldest stone house in the Netherlands

At the corner of the Sandrasteeg is 'De Proosdij', the oldest stone civilian house in the Netherlands. The oldest stone house in the Netherlands is privately occupied.

The Proosdij in Deventer is fairly widely acknowledged to be the oldest still habitable dwelling house in the Netherlands. It dates back to around 1130, when Amsterdam was still an uninhabited swamp. 1130, according to the site of the Buveburcht, as the current residents call the property, is the dating of the roof structure. That's when it was probably converted into a residential house; before that, it was a gatehouse. Before that, yes. You read it right. How old? The oldest stone part is "possibly considerably older than 1130″. According to some we have to go back to the time when years had only three numbers. But stones have no year rings, so they are a lot harder to date.
Where: Sandrasteeg 8

Hanseatic Museum De Leeuw - full of cake boards

The Hanzehotel has its own museum: "Het Hanze-museum", which houses the largest collection and authentic cookie boards in the Netherlands. There is also a collection of old hanging and lap coffee mills, various types of tins, chocolate and marzipan molds, and various baking attributes.
Where: Nieuwstraat 25


The St. Nicolaaskerk - since time immemorial better known as the Bergkerk - has been a characteristic part of the silhouette of the city of Deventer for almost eight centuries.

The Bergkerk was built in the years 1198-1209 and is originally a Romanesque cross basilica, it is located on an old river dune in the Bergkwartier. The church was founded in the heyday of the Hanseatic city. In the 15th century, the Bergkerk underwent several renovations that gave it a late Gothic character. For example, the two characteristic spires were built in that period (the lower part of the towers is still original). Today the Bergkerk is used for exhibitions, meetings and concerts.
Where: Bergkerkplein 1

Event City


Deventer is a real event city. Would you like to know more about the events in Deventer? You can! Find all the information in the agenda.