With its historical centre, the IJssel river and green outskirts, Deventer is a wonderful city to work and live in. Its local cultural heritage can easily compete with cities like Maastricht and Den Bosch. This is of major importance to the Deventer economy: the leisure economy and retail industry made up 17% of the jobs in 2010 and the offer is still growing.
This strategic location on the IJssel river was already inhabited during the Roman area. The city was founded in approximately 800 AD, which makes it the fourth-oldest city in The Netherlands.
Between 1000 and 1500 Deventer developed into a flourishing trading city that, as a member of the Hanseatic League, traded with many ports across the globe.
The rich history of Deventer lives on in many monuments that give the city its characteristic atmosphere. The oldest stone house, the oldest walking park and the oldest scientific library in The Netherlands: you will find each of them in Deventer.
Deventer is a great place for living and relaxing, for instance on one of the many cosy terraces on the leafy Brink. With numerous outstanding restaurants and no less than five Michelin stars within a 20km radius, any culinary connoisseurs will surely find something to their liking.
Noted theatre makers are happy to have their productions performed at the Deventer Schouwburg. And there is a lot to discover at the other (film) theatres and local pop-temples as well. Add the major cinema in the Boreel and you will have a cultural offer that is truly alive and kicking.
Deventer is the charming setting for various festivals, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year: the international street theatre festival Deventer on Stilts for instance, and Europe's largest book market and the Dickens Festival.
surrounded by green
online and offline
lovely monumental city
of Europe in 2011!
energy and waste
theater, cinemas, festivals
2017 playing city WOMENS EURO
Deventer on Stilts: ± 150,000 Dickens Festival: ± 130,000 Bookmarket: ± 130,000 [= Largest in Europe]
Go Ahead Eagles: Premier league, 10,000 seats and 18 home soccer games annually.