Deventer is a city that is split over the banks of the river IJssel and can be found in the Overijssel province in eastern Netherlands. Human settlements in this area have been dated as far back as the Bronze Age, however in recorded history, the city rose to prominence in the 900’s.
During its early years a settlement, Deventer was actually destroyed by Viking invaders – After this event, the city fortifications were built and from this time, trade in the city grew and it saw a rise in population and wealth. During the 1600’s and onwards, the city saw a slight decline due to the various wars that raged in the region, although it recovered in the 18th century due to the introduction of Iron as an industrial tool.
Today in Deventer you can find a charming mix of new and old, and a great deal of interesting attractions.
Lets explore the best things to do in Deventer:
1. De Brink Square
The main square of the old city centre, De Brink covers a large area and has a great deal to see and serves as a central point for a tour of the centre.
Encircled by a plethora of beautiful trees, the setting of De Brink is wonderful.
At one end lies the De Waag building which stands out as the main attraction of the square, and in the centre, there is an intricate stone statue.
If you are looking for a place to eat, have a coffee or watch the locals there is a host of reputable restaurants and cafes surrounding De Brink – You can sit outside in one of the pleasant seating areas under the shade of the trees and happily watch the world go by.