Straight to the Middle Ages
Visiting the Hanseatic cities gives you the opportunity to dive straight into the Middle Ages of the Netherlands. Today Amsterdam and Rotterdam are the most important trading cities in the Netherlands, 800 years ago they were just fishing villages. At that time, the most important cities were mainly concentrated in the east of the Netherlands. There was trade and wealth.
Until the 16th century, Kampen was one of the most powerful and richest cities in northwestern Europe. The city was located by the sea and had a direct connection to the North Sea via the then Zuiderzee (which became the IJsselmeer due to the Afsluitdijk in 1933) and in this way had direct access to the important trade routes by sea.
Goods were imported and exported here en masse from all over Europe and via the Baltic Sea as well from Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland and even Russia. Due to its favorable location on the IJssel and therefore a direct connection with the Rhine, Kampen had a fantastic connection with the interior. As one of the northern trading cities of the Netherlands, this soon made Van Kampen the Rotterdam of the fourteenth century.
Each Hanseatic city has its own history that has left its mark on the city. Sometimes very visible, sometimes you just have to know where to find them.
If you want to read more about the interesting history, rise and fall of the Hanseatic cities, click here.
Out with Annet Travel Coach
You can see all this wealth in the Hanseatic cities with imposing city gates, thick city walls, beautiful old buildings, churches, sometimes even many churches, canals, mills and remains of monasteries within the fortress walls, interspersed with the many museums, modern terraces, trendy restaurants and surprising shops of this time.
Together with Annet Reiscoach you can visit the Hanseatic cities along the IJssel and the IJsselmeer. Make a choice and sign up for one or more days and discuss what you would like to see or leave the choice to Annet and opt for one of the organized day trips of Annet Reiscoach.
Sources: TV program Het Klokhuis, Wikipedia, History net.