Right at the spot where the river Berkel flows into the river IJssel one has traditionally found a hive of activity. Due to this activity it did
not take long before the Hanseatic city of Zutphen flourished. Who is curious and will take a look at the city center, will see that many elements
from this period in history are preserved. The town itself is definitely worth a visit.
Who goes shopping in the old town of Zutphen will experience the atmosphere of before. The center thrives with many small shops, while the atmosphere is reminiscent of the 20s.
Even in some courtyards and in some alleys one will find plenty of economic activity. A large part of the old town was spared during the second world war; a fairly unique situation within the Netherlands.
For the tourist there is much more to do. Like the various museums within the city center or you can start a tour by electric boat or canoe on the canals and the river Berkel.
The old center is due to the many small shops suited as shopping center as well as a tourist attraction.
A guided city tour or a hike that takes you into the nice countryside surrounding Zutphen along the river Berkel, can be found at the links below.
The old town center of Zutphen has several museums, including the Museum Henriëtte Polak and the Stedelijk Museum.
It is also possible to enjoy the canals and the river Berkel by electric boat or canoe.
Nearby are Bronkhorst as the smallest town of Gelderland and Vorden with its many castles worth a visit.