Kampen, the Hanseatic City in the IJssel Delta, became a powerful Hanseatic city because of its location near the
IJssel and the former Zuiderzee. Kampen is known for its Kogge, a type of 14th-century trade ship. With the Kogge
ships, they made an ‘Ommelandvaart’, a sea journey around Denmark and the Baltic Sea, to trade salt, which they had
imported from Portugal. A replica of the Kogge, The Black Lady, is the symbol of Kampen at many events both in the
Netherlands and abroad. Kampen didn’t become part of the Hanseatic League until the 14th century.
In the Kogge yard, with its medieval fisherman’s house, you can sense the atmosphere of the past. Three gates remain
from the city’s heyday: the Broederpoort, Cellesbroederspoort and the Koornmarktspoort. All three are part of the
encircling city walls. In the middle of the shopping street, with its beautiful golden facades, is the Nieuwe Toren (New
Tower) that features a carillon, which was partly cast by the notable French bell-founder Francois Hemony. Concerts are
regularly performed with the carillon.
- In the Kogge yard, with its medieval fisherman’s house, you can sense the atmosphere of the past.
- Kampen has been the tobacco city of the Netherlands for centuries. For quality cigars go to the Elephant, during the walk through the historic buildings, the production and processing from tobacco to cigar will be discussed in detail.
- Make a beautiful nature trip with the atmospheric salon boat “Veerman van Kampen” downstream through the nature reserve and along many islands to the Ketelmeer.
Would you like to visit Kampen? With this package you will see this beautiful city.
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