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Overijssel is a mainland province of the Netherlands located in the central-eastern region of the country. Its capital city of Zwolle boasts a rich history, but the town of Enschede takes the crown for being the province’s largest city. Overijssel features a number of picturesque natural reserves, including De Weeribben.
The province of Overijssel is active in many areas of your environment. Take for instance the impressive network of buses that can take you anywhere you want to go in the region. But public transport is just a small part of what we do.
The provincial government makes decisions on a daily basis that shape your environment. These decisions are sometimes very hard to make: should we make room for nature or allow development of a business park that will create jobs?
Overijssel is a combination of nature and historical towns and is best explored by foot or by bike. The river Ijssel has played an important role for many centuries. The province owes its wealthy Hanseatic past to the river. Today the river is responsible for green and varied landscapes and unspoiled nature reserves, that attract many tourists every year.
For nature lovers, the province’s many nature reserves provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon hike, kayak ride or cycling journey. De Weeribben is one of the most famous reserves with long winding rivers and towering forests. Windmills pepper the landscape and pay homage to Dutch history.Los Hoos and Oomen are two other prominent nature reserves in the province.
The historic village of Giethoorn is located near De Weeribben where travelers can experience Dutch rural living. The town was established in 1230 and is situated on the banks of a lake, which makes it easily accessible by boat. The Dutch refer to the village as “leukse dorp van Nederland,” or “the most beautiful village in the Netherlands.”
The capital city of Zwolle is also worth a day trip. The city boasts a rich history and was once one of the wealthiest cities in the country. Many medieval buildings still remain from the town’s glory days. For a family-friendly holiday experience, Slagharen and Hellendoorn offer amusement parks for children of all ages.
With a number of historical monuments, museums, nature reserves and amusements parks, the Overijssel province offers plenty of fun and exciting things to see and do. The province is easily accessible via train or car with trains running from Schiphol Airport to the province’s major cities.
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