Zutphen was already known as a unique Hanseatic city during medieval times. And even today, this town is perfect if you are looking for originality. The historic centre offers many towers as well as a unique and striking range of shops.
Zutphen is also called Torenstad (town of towers). As well as some large towers that are visible from a large distance and shape the town’s skyline, there are also plenty of smaller towers. The old centre takes you back to medieval times. As well as towers, there are historical warehouses, merchant’s homes, churches, courtyards, streets and alleyway that create the town’s unique atmosphere. Add to that its location on the IJssel and the Berkel and the result is the perfect location for a Hanseatic city.
It’s not just the exterior of the beautiful building in Zutphen that are worth a look. Behind many of the facades are unique shops, original gift shops and special boutiques. This is where you’ll always find something no one else has, because there are not many high street chains in Zutphen. Such a unique and authentic array of shops is enough to please any shopaholic. Also: during and after a day of shopping, there are many places to have a rest: pubs, restaurants or lunchrooms that are dotted around Zutphen.
During the Hanseatic period, merchants from Zutphen transported herring, butter and beer to other Hanseatic cities. This is when the town boasted forty breweries, one of which is left. Stadsbrouwerij (town brewery) Cambrinus, in the heart of the town. This Hanseatic brewery still exudes a medieval atmosphere. There are other locations in Zutphen that treat you to authentic delicacies, such as: • Het Snoepje: museum shop with three hundred types of traditionally tasty confectionery • Bakkerij Museum: enjoy the bread baked in an authentic oven • Bij d’n open haard: with medieval and old European dishes on the menu
TIP: Lovers of art and culture should visit Musea Zutphen. Located in the former town palace Hof van Heeckeren, it has two museums under one roof: the Stedelijk Museum Zutphen and the Henriette Polak Museum.