Wondering what it's like to wander through a land that ideally combines historic places with beautiful nature, to just stumble upon the Ijssel river and linger for a day or so in a nature reserve? A holiday in Overijssel can give you the perfect answer and the even more so perfect time spent in a land of a great beauty. Challenge your senses with a:
The capital city of the province is the city of Zwolle, a city located on the bank of the River Ijssel, a modern place, with numerous beautiful buildings and monuments. The tower of Virgin Mary Basilica is a landmark of this city, and the Saxon Gates located close to the ruins of city’s walls area also impressive. Visit the St. Michael Church here and in the suburbs, the two windmills and the museum around them telling the history of the city. The region's Hanseatic past is also very attractive, the towns here such as the before mentioned capital and the town of Deventer for example portray it in a most beautiful way. Churches such as the Bovenkerk in Kampen, the Lebuïnuskerk, Deventer and others are beautiful in both their architecture and the feel of serenity they offer. The Twickel castle is also very impressive, and the gardens around it offer a most sublime and unforgettable atmosphere on your holiday in Overijssel.
The Ecodrom Park in Zwolle is very interesting, with pavilions devoted to biology, geography, ecology and even an aquarium. This is yet just one example of the many cultural and much entertaining venues that you can actually get to enjoy from a last minute holiday home in Overijssel. Check out museums such as the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle as well, or maybe the Museum Twentse Welle in Enschede is more appealing to you, with highlights of local history and nature. In the same city you can also opt for the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Visit a cigar factory in Kampen, De Olifant, a most interesting experience. Check out the Het Paradijs, a living museum of culture and nature, where you can enjoy the fairytale world created by the nature artist Adriaan Schalken. The Annual Africa festival in the countryside of the Overijssel is also worth attending.
The nature of this province is quite amazing, from a holiday villa in Overijssel you can visit the national parks in the area and the Giethoorn village, called “the Venice of the North”, situated on the side of a lake. The National Park Weerribben-Wieden is a place where you will get to see numerous species of birds, and the entire province in itself is just ideal for cycling. The Ijssel river offers spectacular landscapes, there are windmills that pepper the region and pay tribute to Dutch history, while the Los Hoos and Oomen are two other prominent nature reserves to be explored on a holiday in Overijssel.
A wellness weekend in Overijssel is a most relaxing way to get to be a little “selfish” or rather, more concerned with your own person's well being... literally. Take a break from your break in Overijssel and visit a local spa, get a massage and enjoy a sauna, a Turkish bath and some pampering all in all. Places such as the Sauna Thermen Swoll in Zwolle, the Boerderij Spa in Nutter are just some examples of what's on the “pampering offer” for your holiday in Overijssel.
Given the beautiful nature of this place it's not hard at all to find something different to enjoy here every day. Not far from the town of Giethoorn is the village of Dwarsgracht, which seems to be like a completely different world. The canal, the small bridges, the boats, they all invite you to spend some time exploring and walking among the beautiful scenery here. Get to the only cafe that you find here and get on a boat tour from here, or a bike tour along the canals and lakes. Blokzijl is an ideal destination from a holiday apartment in Overijssel for going sailing, especially in the summer time. Check out the towns museums and art galleries as well. Walk around the city of Hasselt and see the rare flower, the Snake’s Head. Take a guided tour or walk, bike or drive to Gennerdijk. Walking and hiking in the meadows, forests, old wooden banks, the streams and rolling hills of the Singraven Estate and enjoying the quietness here is amazing, and cycling on the Rietsnijdersroute starting in Vollenhove is totally worth it.
You can start your family holiday in Overijssel at the Amusement Park Slagharen, and then take it from there. A great time is guaranteed in this province of the Netherlands no matter your preferences. For a bit of culture and famed attractions the Twickel castle and its gardens are a great choice, as well as the open-air museum Ootmarsum and many others. Staphorst is a village with colorfully dressed residents and some amazing traditions that are kept alive to this day. Make sure you respect the conservative ways here when visiting, you'll see... it's like a Dutch village of your imagination. Relax with your family and enjoy the nature in the Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden or in the Volkspark Enschede in Enschede, and don't miss out on the Avonturenpark Hellendoorn either if you can. Family time in Overijssel province is always fun.
The Dutch province of Overijssel boasts a very rich tradition, thus its mouth-watering cuisine is no less than just a perfect addition to an already perfect holiday in Overijssel. Try it out: from the Deventer koek (Deventer cake) that most importantly, can be served for breakfast (come on, you know that's just so cool, having cake for breakfast), to the Overijsselse spekpannenkoek (Overijssel bacon pancake) that is just fantastic... at any time of the day, your taste buds simply cannot not be impressed. The Zwolse blauwvingers (Zwolle blue fingers) are some delicious biscuits, and the Staphorster fleeren (Staphorster waffles) are a must, just as the Kampersteur (a creamy blend of hard-boiled eggs and mustard sauce) especially for vegetarians. Are you packing up your bags yet? There's no “take out” on this one, gotta take a holiday to Overijssel and savor it in a most authentic way.
Spending a holiday with pet in Overijssel is great once you've rented the ideal holiday home with pets allowed here. “It's just all downhill from here”, as they say... well, maybe not literally, but certainly you will get to enjoy some great walks along the Ijssel river valley, or in the great cities here, after all, Holland is rather a flat country... and a very much dog-friendly one. Down a hill or along a beautiful nature trail, among breathtaking landscapes and lakes here, cycling or walking, you and your “fuzzy fuzz” will have a blast on a holiday in Overijssel.Points of interest, a “must see” list in Overijssel:
There is "much wow" to be enjoyed on a holiday in Overijssel, that is only topped by the attractions one can find here: from the city of Zwolle and its unique charm, to the nature reserve of Weerribben-Wieden, the culture, the history and let's not forget... the cuisine that is kind of just... the cherry on top? See for yourself with a holiday in Overijssel this year!
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