Harderwijk

Harderwijk

Harderwijk had an important place in the Hanseatic League, an alliance between merchants and towns in the Middle Ages.

Around 1231, the town of Harderwijk played an important part in the Hanseatic League. Up until the year 1500, when Harderwijk was home to the most important fish market on the shores of the Zuiderzee and had trading contacts with the Hanseatic League, the town was reasonably prosperous. The Vispoort (town gate) harks back to this period. After that, the town was plagued by fires, floods and wars. Things looked up for Harderwijk when it was temporarily granted the right to mint regional coins and found a university. The bust on Linnaeus-torentje is in memory of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus who studied here in 1735. Tourist attractions are Pesthuis (Plague House), former St. Catherine’s Convent with a late-Gothic chapel, Grote Kerk (church) and several 16th-17th century townhouses