Hansa Town Doesburg: city of culture

According to linguists the word Doesburg means something like a mountain, a fortress or a settlement in the middle of a swampy area.

A settlement on the river dunes thousands of years ago, a Hanseatic city and garrison town since the Middle Ages and now mainly known as a mustard town. But Doesburg has a lot more to offer. Jewels, for instance. The oldest pub in the Netherlands. And many, many cultural-historical treasures.

Surrounded by water

A walk through Doesburg - the best way to explore the city on the IJssel - is like a journey back in time. The town was given a new bulwark in the fourteenth century, to protect against the river water that still surrounds Doesburg. Since then, the street pattern has remained unchanged. The highest point on Doesburg is the Gasthuisstraat.

Medieval streets

Doesburg is a pleasant size. Everything is within walking distance, which is useful because there is a lot to see. It is a joy to stroll through the town itself. The medieval streets with stunning buildings brings together culture and history. The fifteenth-century Martini church dominates the Doesburg skyline. Are you fit and healthy? Then climb the hundred-metre high tower. The effort is rewarded with a panoramic view across Doesburg and the IJssel.

City of Mustard

Even in Hanseatic times, Doesburg was well-known for its mustard. The traditional factory is still in operation. Anything you ever wanted to know about mustard can be found at the museum located in the factory. Just step into any one of Doesburg’s pubs or restaurants for a taste of the famous mustard. Doesburg mustard soup is on every menu

Cultural paradise

Doesburg has several museums and even a museum garden. To find out all about the Hanseatic city, visit De Roode Toren Museum. Lovers of jewellery, gemstones and glass art will marvel at the Lalique Museum. The museum garden boasts the largest private collection of fruit trees in Europe. Doesburg exudes culture. For instance, every first Sunday of the month is Cultural Sunday. This means there are open days at artist’s homes, galleries, stages and museums.

The oldest pub in the Netherlands

On the corner of the Gasthuisstraat and Koepoortstraat is Stadsbierhuys (town brewery) De Waag, the oldest pub in the Netherlands. The sign says ‘Since 1478’. This is where Hanseatic merchants came to do business. And where travellers and happenstance passers-by quenched their thirst and sated their hunger. It is still a remarkable and eye-catching building - a beautiful example of Nederrijn Brick Gothic - a popular place for meeting up, having a bite to eat or having a beer.