Elburg has been part of the Hanze since 1367. Trade was mostly done by water these days. Up until 1932 the fishing city Elburg was located directly at the Zuiderzee. The construction of the ‘Afsluitdijk’, a dyke that cut the Zuiderzee from the Noordzee, formed the IJsselmeer. This event caused a large distance between the open sea and the city of Elburg.
Fishery was slowly replaced by other professions. The old ships, also called ‘botters’, still reside in the harbor of Elburg and keep the memory of the old fishery in Elburg alive.
Via the Veluwemeer and the Drontermeer watersports men can still reach the harbor, located just outs ide the old city centre of Elburg.
Whomever visits the city feels as if he or she is back in the middle ages. The old walls with their beautiful trees, narrow alleys and cobblestone sidewalks create an ambiance in which everyone would love to go for a walk.
To top that off, Elburg has many monumental buildings, museums, restaurants and a diversity of entertaiment opportunities. These ensure Elburg to be a wonderful place to stay.
Within the walls of the city centre, the visitor will find a few hundred monumental buildings. The highlights are ‘de Vischpoort’, museum Elburg, museum Sjoel, the forgery museum, the rope yard museum, de botterwerf (harbor with the old fishery ships) and a herb garden.
A visit to ‘Zandverhalen’, an exhibition of sand sculptures, is also a must!