Harderwijk, welcoming city
Harderwijk will surprise you! There is so much to see, do and enjoy... No matter if you like to go shopping, relax or do sports if you come to know its history or simply to have fun. In Harderwijk you will always find something that will fit your needs. Harderwijk is known as a hospitable, relaxed, and enterprising city. Here you can enjoy historic buildings, filled with picturesque squares, terraces, and restaurants, 2 of them even with Michelin stars, surrounded by the charming nature of the 'Veluwe' and the 'Veluwemeer' Lake.
The story is now
Harderwijk is a Hanseatic City and has a rich history that is present throughout the city, large parts of the old city wall and its gates remain intact today, as well as the old University, some convents, and old traders houses. Many of the buildings have become shops, restaurants, galleries, or residences. In the small port where you still can see many of the traditional boats "Botters", which remind us of the old fishing town of Harderwijk.
Despite its eight centuries of history, Harderwijk has a diverse and modern range of recreational and leisure activities. 'Zwaluwhoeve' is one of the largest and most well-known wellness centers in the Netherlands. And for those who like to enjoy fine dining... at the "Vischmarkt" square you will find different restaurants with a Michelin star.