"An old city that has stayed a village" Doesburg by Pavlik_NL

Doesburg Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 63 photos

Doesburg, hanzetown and mustard

On the "IJssel"-river there's a small town that has an amazing thing to offer. This old hanze-treaty town was a wealthy tradersplace with as speciality "mustard". It's now-a-days beauty hides in the completely intact historical centre. A open air museum that has not yet been discovered by the mass-tourism and slumbers on almost all days with quite local business.

A centre that consist of 60% monumental buildings

A walk through this small town, that never has lost the art of being a village, is a breathtaking experience. The streets, the houses, the atmosphere ... it all brings you back to the times of long ago and you exoect any moment that a horse-pulled wagon can come along the corner. Doesburg is also surprisingly green as some trees, but especially gardens and ivy growing along walls, time after time know how to enchant the visitor.

Town of mustard, hanzetown

THE product of Doesburg has always been "mustard". The recepy of it's creamy yellowish sauce made from the smallest seeds on earth, goes back for many centuries and is still a tasty extra with cheese and certain snacks. Doesburg even has it's mustard-museum, where one is explained exactly how mustard was important for Doesburg's economy. The economy thrived especially in the years that the Hanze-treaty (a early medieval treaty between towns in Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and a sfar East as the Baltic states. Doesburg was one of the most Southern ones in this treaty and in early times quite important.

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  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 4:16 PM

    Well Paul Doesburg is a gem ,a wonderful town ,not to big ,not to small ,lots of old buildings Very Very Dutch Great page Paul great pictures. Hugggs for Irina & Ilja

  • Nathalie_B's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2004 at 6:46 AM

    Wonderful page Paul. Will you take me there when I come to visit? But not before I enjoy the famous pancakes in your Hofje in Arnhem again ;-)

  • OlafS's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2004 at 2:11 AM

    Looks very interesting.

  • Roeffie's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2004 at 5:52 AM

    One of our great old towns to visit!

  • huib-jose's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2003 at 1:08 PM

    A secret so close to us. Right under our noose while we are travelling so far! Perfect page, Paul, wonderful job.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2003 at 3:57 PM

    Beautiful page, travelogues and destination! The mass-tourism has not found Doesburg yet as you wrote but now... who knows? Thanks for sharing!

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