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Bunschoten Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 13 photos

Up till 7 years ago I had never heard of Bunschoten. But then I got to know a person that lived here and she became a friend of mine.
Since then I have visited Bunschoten several times and I grew to like this old fishing town. The elderly women often still wear their regional costume.


The oldest known city letter dates from 1383 but Bunschoten probably was founded at least a century before that. In 1383 Bunschoten already had city rights.
In 1294 a settlement by the name Hegeschoten was known on this spot. Just a century later this little place was important enough to get city rights. The main reason for that lay in the fact that Bunschoten had a strategic site between the counties Holland and Gelre and it was also strategic situated at the river Eem.
Yet it wasn t for long for Bunschoten wasn t loyal to the bishop of Utrecht. As a counteraction the bishop destroyed the city. This ended the bright future of Bunschoten. The town councel had thought of expanding. The street design had already been adjusted by creating city meadows which were to be built on in later time but because of the destruction it never was took place. In the midsth of the 20th century this street design were destroyed and since then it had square parcels. vernietigd. Fortunately the city meadows on the west side were never built on.
Only after World War II modern houses were built round the old city heart thus ending the rural sight of the city.


Most people in Bunschoten are farmers and fisher men. Fisher men settled here because of the favourable site at the Zuidermeer. (IJssellake) and it was known for it. The fishing trade brought all kinds of trades.
When the Zuiderzee became IJsselmeer and the sea became partly a plder in 1932 fishing disappeared.
Fish cultivation and trade stayed. The fish is brought in from elsewhere. The ports, the shipyard with its slope, the small alleys and the fishermen's houses always will maintain the memory of the days that most people in Bunschoten lived of fishing and all that goes with it.

New suburbs made Bunschoten and Spakenburg merge. There s a lot of industry nowadays.

The pictures on this page were not take by me. I got them on this site --> www.bunschoten.nl (only available in dutch). The part on history I got there as well.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:close to the main roads to any place in the west, north, south or east
  • Cons:can t think of any just now
  • In a nutshell:friends make the world go round!
  • Last visit to Bunschoten: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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