Explore the Hanseatic City of Maasbommel
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Maasbommel enjoys a prominent position on the river Maas, in the ‘Land van Maas en Waal’ region. The smallest Hanseatic town in the Netherlands, it boasts a long and turbulent history. Its strategic location once made Maasbommel a hub in the Northern European Hanseactic network. It was a borough of the Hanseatic city of Nijmegen in the fifteenth century, when Maasbommel was predominantly known for fishing and basket making and was also referred to as Pike Town.

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A step back in time
“It’s just another day in the 13th century. Trade and commerce is thriving in the Land van Maas en Waal. From fresh fish to fine wines, and fragrant wood to sought-after grains. These are prosperous, yet tumultuous times. Landowners, Lombards, merchants and traders ensure plenty of hustle and bustle in the towns, villages and streets. Free trade flourishes, almost unhampered by rules or legislation. Alas, pirates and buccaneers also roam, causing regular disruption.  

The Hanseatic League
A shrewd group of merchants decide to take action. They establish the Hanseatic League with one aim in mind: securing trade routes and protecting commerce. Maasbommel, where life revolves in, on or around the water, is firmly caught up in the moment: as a small town with vast territories and, in particular, as an official borough of the Hanseatic city of Nijmegen. The Hanseatic League is r

Present day Maasbommel
And today? Maasbommel is still forging that narrative. With open arms and a warm welcome for all who visit. Because that is who we are. And we continue to embark upon new adventures. In our associations, neighbourhoods and streets. In our traditions and celebrations. Because that is how we live life in Maasbommel. Quietly and unassumingly. On the Maas. And on the land.

Pictures of the Hanseatic City of Maasbommel

Het Hanzehuys
De Bennenmaker 15
6627 HA Maasbommel

Maasbommel, Hanseatic town by the river Maas

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