Zwolle is a municipality that is located in the Overijssel province of the Netherlands, a short distance from Apeldoorn and Enschede. Traces of settlement can be found in Zwolle as far back as the Bronze Age and the modern city was established as far back as 800 A.D. Zwolle is at the meeting point of several rivers including the IJssel, Zwarte and Vechte and the old city centre resembles a many sided star and is surrounded entirely by canals.
Throughout its history, the city has seen much involvement in the various wars that have shaped the Netherlands as we know it today, and has seen great trade through its rivers. In modern times, Zwolle features a myriad of historical buildings and attractions and offers something different to the likes of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Lets explore the best things to do in Zwolle:
1. Grote Kerk
A magnificent example of a Gothic church, the Grote Kerk stands proudly in the old town centre of Zwolle and is recognized throughout the region.
Sparse records exist of the church before its current form, and from what is gathered there was a Romanesque style building before the current Gothic design.
This version was built in the 1400’s and has stood ever since.
On the right hand side of the exterior you can find three outer buildings that are a later addition to the church, and give it an unusual appearance.
Inside, the high narrow windows provide plenty of light, and the large decorative pulpit an organ provide a degree of opulence.
As the main church in Zwolle, this is a great example of Netherlands religious architecture.