What will you be doing in Deventer?
Do you enjoy culture, and would you like to visit a museum or event? Or would you rather do something active? Deventer offers numerous sights, vibrant events, and adventurous activities.
Consider visiting one of the following attractions:
DAVO Beers, Sluisstraat 6
The one and only Deventer beer brewery! A place in Deventer where everything revolves around beer. The Brewpub is located in an old industrial building with an attractive interior. There is plenty to do here: Tasting with the Brewer, taste dozens of different specialty beers and have a chat with the brewer. www.davobieren.nl
Museum de Waag, Brink 56
De Waag has always been an important icon of Deventer. This is the oldest weighing house in the Netherlands that was specially built for that purpose. Where goods were once weighed, you will now find a museum full of old treasures of the city, established in 1915. The museum has a permanent exhibition about the history of Deventer, in addition to annually changing themed exhibitions. www.museumdewaag.nl
Museum Eicas Preview, Polstraat 6-a
EICAS in Deventer offers a unique opportunity to discover and create new worlds with works by the Dutch Nul movement and the German ZERO. The works of the Zero Movement are always the starting point for presentations by contemporary artists, modern thinkers and innovative researchers. www.eicas.nl
Climb the Lebuinus Church tower, Grote Kerkhof 38
Fancy a challenge? Climb the Lebuinus Church tower! The narrow spiral staircase to the second passage at a height of 46 metres consists of 220 steps. From the highest point you have beautiful views over Deventer and surrounding areas. In the months of April to October the tower is open to the public every Saturday, during Dutch school holidays the tower is also open from Monday to Friday. Access via the Lebuinus Church. www.lebuinuskerk.nl
Deventer is rich in religious buildings
Take the Lebuinus Church for example, Grote Kerkhof 38, which started the development of the city. This Protestant church is located on the Grote Kerkhof. The Lebuinuskerk is a gothic hall church and was built between 1450 and 1525. The cornerstone for the present tower was laid in the summer of 1459. www.lebuinuskerk.nl
In the Bergkwartier, the medieval part of the city, sits the Mountain Church (Bergkerk), Bergkerkplein 1. The St. Nicholas Church or Mountain Church in Deventer is originally a Romanesque cross basilica and is located on an old river dune in the Bergkwartier. The church was built in the years 1198-1209, near the then Deventer harbour quarter. It was founded in the heyday of the Hanseatic city. In the 15th century, the Mountain Church underwent various renovations, giving it its late Gothic character. The two characteristic spiers, for example, were built in that period (the lower part of the towers is still original).
The Penninckshuis, Brink 89, next to Deventer Tourist Information Office, is also a unique church building. Be sure to drop by and visit the church, which is hidden behind the urban facades of the Brink. Around 1588, the merchant Herman Penninck commissioned the construction of the church's showy facade, which was meant to reflect his wealth and literacy. The facade with its statues is one of the highlights of the Renaissance in Deventer and in the Netherlands as a whole. At the end of the 19th century, the building was very dilapidated, the Mennonite Congregation had the facade restored and a church built behind it. The building is currently still in use as a Mennonite Remonstrant Church.
The last historic church building that can be found in the centre of the city is the Roman Catholic Broederenkerk, Broederenstraat 18. The Broederenkerk has a long and rich history starting around 1300, when a monastery was established here, and a church was added around 1335. The church was built by order of Eleonora of England, then Duchess of Gelre. www.heiigelebuinus.nl
But there's more...
There are of course many more things to discover in Deventer, for more information you can contact the Deventer Tourist Information (VVV Deventer), at Brink 89. The Tourist Information Centre and souvenir shop is housed in the Penninckshuis.