Visiting The Dutch Countryside

Travelblog about The Netherlands | Exploring The Netherlands beyond the crowds


The province of Overijssel, The Netherlands is one of the five provinces that borders Germany and is my favourite province for castle sightings. It seems like a castle can pop up literally anywhere, not that I mind. It makes the whole area even more fairytale-like with it’s foggy mornings, foresty surroundings and castles.

More than 1.1 million people live in the entire province of Overijssel and the area is also known for its many Hanze cities, like Zwolle and Deventer. Within The Netherlands, Overijssel borders Flevoland, Drenthe, Gelderland and Friesland. The capital of Overijssel is Zwolle and it is one of my favourite cities of The Netherlands to visit. Enschede is however the biggest city of Overijssel.

One of the things that I love about visiting Overijssel is that it’s filled with things to do and destinations to explore. Whether you want to visit beautiful cities, towns or villages in Overijssel or incredible nature or even castles, there’s something for you here.

Check out below which cities and places to visit in the Overijssel province that I’ve covered so far. 


View at the Dutch city of Deventer in Overijssel with the river IJssel in front
A view on the former town hall of the village of Ootmarsum from a cobblestoned street
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