Explore the Hanseatic City of Elburg
Elburg from above

The history of Elburg dates back to the year 796. The first residents settled at the Almere, the precursor of the Zuiderzee and nowadays the IJsselmeer. Fishery was the main source of food and income. At the end of the 14th century, between 1392 and 1396, the old city was partly replaced. From the higher grounds along the sea to the current spot. Elburg was built following the principle of the ‘gulden snede’, a marble plate in the centre of the city. This marble plate is surrounded by a square street pattern. This pattern is still intact in the Vesting (city centre) to this day. All these plans could be executed due to the wealth Elburg knew in the Hanze-period as a Hanze-city.

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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!

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Pictures of the Hanseatic City of Elburg