Harderwijk, the city with character
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 environment, 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 still 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 port you still can see many of the traditional boats "Botters", which remind us of the fisheries past of Harderwijk.
Despite its eight centuries of history, Harderwijk has a diverse and modern range of recreational and leisure activities. 'Harders Plaza' is one of the best centers of leisure activities in the area. 'Zwaluwhoeve' is one of the largest and 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.