Overijssel, located in the east of the country, has a strong representation of Hanseatic cities. As the name suggests, you have to cross the IJssel from Gelderland to get to Overijssel. That river forms the border between the two provinces. Geographically, the province can be divided into three parts, the Kop van Overijssel, Salland and Twente. In addition to cities such as Zwolle, Almelo, Deventer, Enschede, Hengelo and Kampen, there are also many beautiful villages in Overijssel. The most famous village is without a doubt Giethoorn, better known as the Venice of the North. Many of the villages and towns that can be found in Overijssel have retained their own characteristic character and atmosphere over the years, making each village feel unique and special. The spoken dialects come under Low Saxon.


Venice of the North

A place with a special appeal arose in the former peat area. Tourists know from far and wide to find Giethoorn to sail through it in a whisper or punt.


Easter tradition

Visiting Ootmarsum at Easter is definitely worth it! The old Hanseatic town has a beautiful tradition around the Poaskearls. On Silent Saturday they fetch the wood for the Easter fire and on Easter Monday and Easter Monday they go flying through the streets, leading in a long line with the inhabitants of this place.


Hanseatic city

The Hanseatic city of Zwolle, located in the IJsseldelta, still has many old and monumental buildings. A guide takes us through the city and shows us the most special places.


Vechtdal city

The unique Vechtdal city of Ommen has had city rights since 1248. The city lies on the Overijsselse Vecht, in the Salland region, where there was a ford along the Vecht as early as the year 1100. The National Tin Figures Museum has been located in the old town hall of Ommen since 1985.

Beautiful cycling routes

Kop van Overijssel

Head of Overijssel

From Giethoorn we make a bike ride through the Weerribben, visiting Blokzijl, which is partly a protected village view.



We cycle a tour through Overijssel, crossing the Vecht and the Regge. Our destination is Ommen, but on the way we also pass the protected village view of Vilsteren.

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