Harderwijk: Hansa town with star status

A beautiful, historical Hanseatic city. With the Veluwe in front and water in the back. A cosy city bustling with good vibes and plenty of opportunities to enjoy culinary treats. Sit on a terrace, go to a restaurant and visit an event or festival. Go shopping for a day, or enjoy a picnic on the city beach. No obligations and many good options.

If you are a foodie, you will love Harderwijk. This Hanseatic city is bursting with terraces, delicious shops and eateries. Two of the restaurants are of such refined delight that they have been awarded a Michelin star.

From chic to hip

Whether you dine in style at restaurant ‘t Nonnetje with its two Michelin stars, or treat yourself at the Basiliek with one star, or grab a hip bite at Walhalla: Harderwijk knows how to serve good food. There is plenty of choice, with almost forty restaurants, bistros, lunchrooms, grand cafes and brasseries in this town on the Veluwemeer and Wolderwijd.

TIP: Another culinary stalwart in Harderwijk: De Ouderwetse Bakkerij (the Old-fashioned Bakery), at the Kleine Marktstraat. This is where the best bread and the famous ‘Vischpoortjes’ are baked the traditional way.

From fish to dolphin

During the Hanseatic period and the years that followed, Harderwijk was by the Zuiderzee and flourished as a fishing town. This all changed after the construction of the Afsluitdijk (a sea-closure dyke) and the reclamation of the Flevopolder (a region of reclaimed land). However, the heritage of bygone centuries can be seen in various locations around the town. There are parts of the town wall that remain, for instance. And the traces of a real botanical garden. The Vischpoort (fish gateway) was used for supply and transport of fish. It also served as a lighthouse, as the only remaining gateway. There are still splashes of brilliance in Harderwijk, now at the Aqua Park 'Dolfinarium' that features dolphin shows.

The old centre of Harderwijk boasts many buildings and locations with an interesting past. Discover this Hanseatic city during a visit to the Town Museum or take a cultural-historical town walk.

Trading spirit

The entrepreneurial spirit of the Hanse is deeply rooted in Harderwijk. As well as the hospitality sector surrounding the culinary square the Vischpoort, among other places, there are many shops and concept stores. There is a huge variety: from clothing and accessories to gifts and delicacies.

Beach town

A town with a beach, how unique is that inland? Harderwijk has a beach. And it is even within walking distance: a two-minute walk takes you from the historic town centre to the town beach at the Wolderwijd. Where fishing boats from the Zuiderzee used to moor, it is now a place for feeling the wind in your hair on the sandy beach or strolling along the boulevard. A well-deserved rest is in order at Walhalla: this hip beach pavilion and restaurant is open all year round.