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At the IJssel river
Deventer history

The ealiest Deventer archive entry dates from 806, mentioning a small settlement along the IJssel river.

Next piece of history is that pf the monk Lebuinus. He rowed over to the village and builded a wooden church at the location of the present impressive Lebuinuskerk. He brought some English influences to Deventer, one was main street, the present Menstraat.

Deventer is one of many Hanze cities. In the 14th and 15th century Deventer grew and became more and more prosperous. Six yearly markets were held, each lasting several days.

In 1477 printed Richard Paffraet the first books with the new printing technic. Nowadays the city has many book shops and the famous yearly book market with almost 1000 stalls along the river.

Another main event are the Dickens street performances in mid-December.

Deventer is also famous for its Deventer Koek. Of the 4 factories one remains and the Jb Bussink shop is at the Brink square.

From far away

Deventer can be easily travelled to via the A1 highway or by train (Amsterdam to Enschede Intercity or International train from Amsterdam to Berlin).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful historical city
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Cookies, books and the IJssel river
  • Last visit to Deventer: Jul 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Hi PJ. Useful, as always, page here. On my next trip I've decided to loop from Maastricht back to Hoek via Deventer with an overnight stop here in Deventer on Sunday the 27th October. Fancy an evening meet? I'm booked at Hotel Royal but am open to suggestions for where to meet up. Quite like the look of The Dikke van Dale?

    • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      I have noted the date. I'm not sure if I am able to come, but we'll see. The Dikke van Dale is ideal (next to the big church and in the heart of it all). I'll have to check what's open on a Sunday. PJ

    • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
      Sep 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Just Sunday dullness that will be extended by 1 hour due to the shift to Wintertime. PJ

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    It's always a joy to overlook your useful tips. Deventer is a great city and you do justice to it with your nice pictures as well! Mooie Deventer pagina.

  • May 14, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Isn't it a criminal offence to a get an innocent little monkey so drunk that he passes out on the floor?? You guys should be ashamed! LOL!! (Nice meeting t'logue here PJ :)

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2007 at 1:52 AM

    Monkeys are taking over the world - start with Netherlands!! My monkey is our company mascot & on loan for the holiday, btw your transport URL link is not working :-)

  • VincentJJ's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2007 at 1:16 AM

    So Uall had a gr8 time! Till the next! And I will be there!

  • Tina-Perth's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Cute monkey, Pieter!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 7:10 AM

    Thanks P J Looks like two other Canuckies LoriPori & olive8 got up earlier then I did haha OH well That 's nice to see Melissa having such a good time and having great friends in Holland . You Dutchies are the best hehe jajajajajajaaa

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 3:29 AM

    Thanks PJ for telling me about this lovely little VT meet. Absolutely love the pic of Sibbella and Sandy.

  • vtveen's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    "it won't be the last time": dat hoop ik ook. Heb nog net de laatste ferry kunnen halen. Groet Jaap

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2006 at 12:47 AM

    Hope to see Deventer one day - lost track of a friend who lives here. Will return often to NL pages. Ciao, Carol


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