Tourist Information

Deventer on the river IJssel

About Deventer

Deventer is a beautiful, historic Hanze city on the river IJssel. For tourists, the monumental city has beautiful sights. Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and has more than 500 monuments. The historical city centre was an important trading centre in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, the city centre has more than 300 unique and special shops, many cosy terraces and nice squares.

The Dutch softdrugs policy

Because soft drugs are less damaging to health, special rules apply. Coffeeshops must meet the conditions of the tolerance policy.

Alcohol may not be served.
No admittance for minors.
Legitimation required.
Maximum 5 grams per person per day.


The city of Deventer has a lively, monumental atmosphere and a beautiful location on the river IJssel. Deventer is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. One of the most enjoyable activities is a city walk or canal cruise.

There are also large and small events every year including: the largest book market in Europe and Deventer on Stilts.

A visit to Deventer cannot be without tasting the famous Deventer Koek (cake). Available at the Koekwinkel on city square the Brink.

Deventer city centre square