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Sightseeing in Zwolle - what to see. Complete travel guide

Isala Zwolle The largest city of Overijssel province, Zwolle is located on the bank of the River Ijssel. The province is widely known as a large farming region, so here you will find spacious fields, lakes and forests. However, Zwolle is a modern city with numerous beautiful buildings, monuments and hotels. Tourists, who visit Zwolle for the first time, are usually amazed by the contrast between the hangar suburbs of the city and its modern prosperous look.
The city’s embankment is located in the center of Zwolle. It is named to honor a famous Dutch politician – prime-minister Thorbeke. He played an important role in the development of yet young and small town. Unfortunately, only few historical monuments managed to survive in Zwolle. The others were destroyed. The tower of Virgin Mary Basilica remains the most famous sight of the city. The building of this church took place in the middle of the 15th century. The top of the tower is decorated with a small green cupola that has given the nickname to the tower – among local people it is known as “pepper pot”.
One more place of interest is the Saxon Gates located not far away from the ruins of city’s walls. This architectural complex was built in 1406 and the gates performed the role of the main entrance to the territory of the city. Among the religious sights the most notable one is St Michael Church that stores an ancient organ. The instrument is frequently used in large concerts and performances. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The city’s suburbs are interesting from the point of view of visiting two old windmills. A small museum under the sky is organized around them. The museum will tell its visitors the history of Zwolle in 17-19 centuries. Most curious tourists should visit Ecodrom Park that has pavilions devoted to biology, geography, ecology and where they will find several terrariums and an aquarium.
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Map of all castles
Castles in Zwolle and around
♥   Castle 'Huis te Ruurlo' , 52.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Biljoen Castle' , 56.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Doorwerth Castle' , 62.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slangenburg Castle' , 62.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Doornenburg Castle' , 67.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Zwolle
♥   National Park 'Weerribben-Wieden' , 21.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Sallandse Heuvelrug' , 28 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Dwingelderveld' , 36.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Drents-Friese Wold' , 44.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe' , 49.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sites around Zwolle from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Queen's Day

From the series “Most enchanting and vibrant festivals”
The Queen’s Day is an occasion to trade all possible things. Very often in the street markets you can buy unique antiques and works of art. The most extensive festivities are traditionally held in Amsterdam. As the city centre is overcrowded, no transport is possible there. Thousands of visitors have to walk. Plenty of interesting decorations and orange clothing, exciting street performances and markets that stretch for several kilometres are really worth visiting and enjoying. … Read further

Roombeek Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
For locals, the Memory Stream is a reminder about the tragic events of 2000, when 23 people died. The monument was created in memory of the tragic event. A beautiful park, where the locals love to relax, serves as a commemoration place too. Not only popular shops, but also some modern cultural centers, where amazing activities are held every week, can be found on one of the most original Dutch streets today. … Read further
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