Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Zwolle by night

After visiting the Beelden Festival, we went for a walk in the city. Zwolle is one of my favourites in the Netherlands. The city is situated in the province of the Overijssel in the central eastern part of the country. We took about one hour to arrive there.

First we went to the Christmas market ...

From Zwolle - 2012

then we stopped at St Michaels medieval church...

From Zwolle - 2012

Zwolle has many historical buildings. A very interesting one is the Roman Catholic Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming-basilica (Our Lady Ascension church). Its tower, known as Peperbus (pepperbox), is one of the tallest and most famous church towers in the Netherlands.

From Zwolle - 2012

The Sassenpoortone of the old city gates, and the Mosterdmakerstorenmustard makers' tower, are also very pretty spots as well as some Art Nouveau buildings.

From Zwolle - 2012

Walking in Zwolle in the evening at this time of the year is quite magical with the Christmas lights still on.

In the photo below, the Zwolse Balletjeshuis. Remember this post about it? :-)

From Zwolle - 2012

Zwolle became a member of the Hanseatic league in 1294, an economic alliance of trading cities. Their merchant guilds dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe during the late Middle Ages and early modern period (c. 13th–17th centuries).
In the photo below, the Gildehuis (guildhouse). This one dates from 1571.

From Zwolle - 2012

Look at the windows of this building! Aren't they gorgeous?
De Slegte is one of my favourite bookstores in The Netherlands, where we can buy second-hand books and find out real treasures. If you come to the Netherlands, please, pay a visit to De Slegte.

From Zwolle - 2012
In Amsterdam we can take easily the train to Zwolle. The trip is about 1h18m.
If you want, on your way, you can stop in Amersfoort and visiting this also enchanting medieval city.
I hope you have enjoyed this evening in Zwolle with me! :-)
Stay well! :-)


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SANDRA!!!!!!! What a magical place this is. You must be enjoying your life there in this dream spot of mine. I have so many dear friends there, you included, that I would love to see. But the sights are just as enchanting and thank you for sharing! AND A BIG THANK YOU for visiting me today! I SO HOPE your blog stays on my blog roll this time!!!! Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Going to Zwolle is always very pleasant! It's a pity we don't have a direct train connection between Almere and Zwolle. I would visit it more often! :-)

Citizen_Stu said...

Nice photos. I've never been to Zwolle but it seems like a nice place.

Presépio no Canal said...

I'm sure you'll like to go there, Stu. The centrum is very lively! Gezellig restaurants, pubs, etc. One of these days I would like to try to dinner there.

Sami said...

Lovely old-world buildings. Nice photos Sandra. xx

Presépio no Canal said...

Thank you, Sami! :-) I'm glad you liked it! :-) xx

Sara said...

Não sabia da existência da cidade, olha só a a ignorância...:(
Também me anda a apetecer (muito) passear e viajar e isso tudo. E quanto mais me apetece, mais a vida me vai carregando de tarefas :( Para já, estou a organizar uma excursão de amigas a Guimarães, que é ali a 20 kms. E até para isso vou ter que esticar a agenda :)

Presépio no Canal said...

Ola Sara :-)

Ate chegar ca, nunca tinha ouvido falar de Zwolle tambem. E uma cidade a nao perder. Mesmo. :-)
Aproveita muito Guimaraes! E uma das minhas favoritas em Portugal. :-) Lindissima!!!
PS: queremos reportagem :-))

Unknown said...

Beautiful Zwolle by night, isn't it? :) The little lights on the trees actually look like sparkling stars from the sky. Lovely!
Pity that Het Balletjeshuis was closed, again!!!!! You have to come some time to go in, it is old fashioned and lovely.

Presépio no Canal said...

Closed again? No, no, don't let them close it, Aledys!
Besos!! :-)

PATagonia said...

Sandra, it´s a very beautiful place Zwolle at night... I love those litlle lights in the trees... beautiful photos!

Presépio no Canal said...

So glad to see you, Patricia!!:-))
Thank you for your lovely comment!
Ebercita's city is wonderful, isn't it? :-)
Besitos!! :-)