Deventer is a lively historic city with beautiful surroundings.
Because Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, it won’t come as a surprise that the oldest civilian stone house can be found here, in the ‘Sandrasteeg’ to be precise.
Over the years, a “shell” of houses and businesses has surrounded the medieval town quarter. However, the old street plan has remained unchanged and hundreds of monumental buildings have been restored to their former glory.
Getting around Deventer
The best way to get around in Deventer is by bike. With a bike, you can get almost anywhere in the city within 20 minutes. But if you prefer, you can also catch a bus. These go every 15 or 30 minutes and can take you to any area of the city.
In the lively city centre of Deventer, you can discover many cafés and restaurants, mainly situated around the main square ‘the Brink’ and the main church: ‘Grote Kerkhof’.
Deventer also has an interesting mix of shops. You can find historic shopping streets, such as the Walstraat, with old-fashioned Dutch cheese, coffee, and sweet shops for example. Or streets with more alternative shops, such as second-hand or antique shops, or small boutique shops. But of course you can also find the main-street shops with popular chains. You can also find small shopping centres with shops and supermarkets in the suburbs of Deventer, such as Keizerslanden and Colmschate.
The city organises a lot of free events for its residents and tourists. There is a medieval festival called ‘Op den Berghe’ (always held on Ascension Day), the ‘Deventer Summer Fun Fair’ (first week of June), the International Street Theater Festival (for 3 days in early July) and, of course, the ‘Biggest Book Market of Europe’ on each first Sunday of August.
Furthermore, there is the arrival of St. Nicholas by boat on December 5th, and, around Christmas, there are seasonal festivals such as the ‘Charles Dickens Festival’. You can find more information here.
- Fellow students 8.000
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About Saxion Deventer
The Saxion campus in Deventer is situated within walking distance of the train station. The striking architecture, designed by the Dutch architect Paul Dirks and the special location, a few minutes from the old town, the city centre and the arts centre, are all ingredients that make this an exceptional learning environment. Over the last couple of years this campus has been extended with a new central hall and more classrooms. You can find more information about the Saxion location in Deventer here.