Deventer Algemeen IJsselaanzicht ©Gerard Dubois | VVV Deventer


A city on a river is rather lively, rather frivolous and usually rather abundant: life is good there! As if the flowing water provides the city with new energy every day. That perhaps explains the vitality of Deventer: a lively city with a historic atmosphere, a wonderful place to be.

The city is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Be amazed during a city walk and stroll through the picturesque streets. Visit many quirky stores, art galleries and other innovative, creative places. Indulge at the countless great spots for food and drink. Deventer is definitely a city that will surprise you, an energetic, unique city with exciting events and a population of more than 100,000 residents.

Whether you are shopping or taking a walk, the city will embrace you with its historic charm. Deventer offers numerous sights to see, such as the old city centre with over 500 monuments!

What is the city known for?
Anyone who says Deventer simultaneously says cake or koek. Deventer and cake are interconnected. Deventer residents have been showing their hospitality with Deventer Koek for more than six centuries. At the Deventer Koekwinkel on the Brink, with authentic coffee and tea service, you can always buy and taste Deventer Koek.





This square is the old trading heart of the city, and in the Middle Ages one of the largest market squares in the northern Netherlands. The word 'Brink' means 'open space in the built-up area', but also 'edge'. The southern part of the Brink formed the end (the edge) of the old city until the 13th century. With the further expansion of the city, it was not possible to build on the ground of the present Brink, because it was too swampy. The construction took place in the higher situated Bergkwartier (Berg Quarter). In this way a large square was created, which during the Middle Ages was mainly used as a market square for daily and weekly markets and for five large annual markets. De Brink was completely redecorated in 1993, and is now one of the most beautiful squares in the Netherlands. 2.1 million bricks were used to complete the design 'Cut Cakes' by architect A.H.M. Trompert.

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Deventer Koekwinkel (Cake Shop) ©Jildou Dantuma

Deventer Koekwinkel (Cake Shop)

Of all the bakers in Deventer there is only one left: Jb. Bussink. Deventer has enjoyed international fame for its honey cake since the beginning of the 15th century. The honey cake was a popular product because of its long shelf life and could therefore be shipped frequently, first by the Hanseatic League and later worldwide by the VOC. There are many objects in the Deventer Koekwinkel (Cake Shop) that remind of the rich cake history of Deventer.

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Waag - The Weigh house ©Femke Teussink Fotografie

De Waag (The Weigh house) - Brink 56

De Waag (The Weigh house) dates back to 1528 and is the oldest weigh house in the Netherlands. The late Gothic building was largely built of stones from two Gelderland forts that had threatened the city from the other side of the IJssel for years. It became the symbol of urban independence and pride. De Waag was very important for trade. Merchants had to weigh their goods here under the supervision of the city government. Excise duties and weigh-in fees generated a lot of income for the city. The building now houses Museum De Waag.

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Penninckshouse church hall ©Barbara Trienen

Penninckshuis (Penninck house)

This lavish facade with statues is one of the highlights of the Renaissance in the Netherlands. Around 1588, Herman Penninck commissioned the construction of this gable, which was to reflect his wealth and literacy. As a Hanseatic merchant, he traded mainly in cloth and had acquired a prominent and prosperous position. The statues represent the virtues: Faith, Hope, Love, Caution, Power and Sobriety. The building is the only private residence in the Netherlands to which a so-called virtues programme has been applied. Today, the VVV is located in the church. You can easily walk in to have a look.

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