Hattem audio tour: Windmills, bakeries and possibly ghosts in Hattem

Windmills, bakeries and possibly ghosts in Hattem

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Hattem’s central location makes it easy to visit from wherever you are staying in the Netherlands. Even though small, it was once part of the mighty Hanseatic League of trading towns and cities across northern Europe. Come with me on a wander down picturesque lanes past windmills, pocket-sized homes, imposing fortified town walls, ghost houses and bakeries. There are also plenty of places to stop on the way to pull up a chair, order a coffee and watch the world walk, or cycle, past.

Tour Producer

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Annette Welkamp

I am the Director of Culture Counsel, specialising in the development, implementation and management of art, museum and heritage projects internationally. My life has been filled with travelling and exploring since I was little, but sadly, I don’t remember the first big trip since I was only three. It must have been a fabulous round-the-world ship journey, which included passing through both the Suez and Panama Canals. Having been born in Australia, I am also lucky enough to have dual citizenship, thanks to my parents who migrated there from the Netherlands. I’m told that I speak Dutch with an Australian accent and use strange old-fashioned words that emanate from Twente in the east of the Netherlands (my parent’s original base) – but I don’t believe it. It all sounds perfectly fine to me. Judge for yourself on my walking tours of Hattem and Utrecht in the Netherlands. Creating walking tours in interesting places is a great way of enabling others to see and experience the fascinating world that we all live in. Please join me on a tour.

Major Landmarks

  • Hattem Molen De Fortuin

  • Anton Pieck Museum

Directions to Starting Point

If you are travelling by car take the A28 and exit at the interchange Knooppunt Hattemerbroek, then follow signs for A50/N50 toward Arnhem/Apeldoorn, and turn left at Hessenweg, drive along for 2.3km; turn right at Dorpsweg for 800m. From the A28 to the car park should take around 5 minutes.

Be mindful of village speed limits.

There is a car park on the corner of Dorpsweg and Kleine Gracht street, where the tour starts.

If you are travelling by public transport, please check the Travel Planner on the NS website at https://www.ns.nl/en/travel-information. The nearest major rail station is Zwolle, and the 203 bus (Syntus Streekbus 203, to Apeldoorn via Hattem/Heerde) generally travels every 30 minutes. Get off at at Hattem, Centrum bus stop, and walk for around 6 minutes to our starting point. Head southeast on Geldersedijk - 62 m; turn right to stay on Geldersedijk - 67 m; turn right onto Kleine Gracht - 350 m; turn left onto Dorpsweg - 18 where you will arrive at the start of the tour.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Bakery Museum, Café & Shop, Bonbon Atelier A3, De Riddershof restaurant for pancakes, cafés on the Market Square, the Wednesday afternoon market, Blom Bakers at Kerkstraat 4. Foods to try on the way: croquettes, bitterballen, pancakes, pea soup, herring, smoked eel and appeltaart.

Best time of day

Many highlights on this tour can be experienced at any time of the day or year, but it will be easier to spot details during daylight hours.

Shops are generally open Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and until 9pm on Fridays. They are usually closed on Sundays.

If you would like to visit any of the museums we pass on the route, please check their websites first. (Anton Pieck Museum, Bakkerijmuseum (Bakery Museum) and the Voerman Museum).

Cafés and restaurants are generally open till later.

Precautions

Given that Hattem is small, its streets are narrow and because it is a heritage zone, visitors are requested to not bring their cars in to the old centre. This of course makes it a lovely place to take a stroll with your personal guided audio tour. Its important to note though that the town centre is not fully pedestrianised, so please be careful of the occasional slowly moving car, and of course, since it is the Netherlands, do keep an eye out for bikes.

Thankfully no-one here seems to be in too much of a hurry, so you are guaranteed a really pleasant wander today.

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