the gate features a lion with the Kamper coat of arms
the gate to the home of the linen weavers' guild
the Nieuwe Toren features a real Hemony carillon
it rains so the Raadshuisplein in front of the Nieuwe Toren is almost deserted
the old city hall features a white neoclassical extension
Kampen has for 150 years been home to a Protestant theology university
the sturgeon wears a bell, a well known mocking story about stupid Kamper regents
the 14th century Koornmarktpoort is the oldest gate of Kampen
a tiny house indeed
this id the \kamper \kogge, a one to one copy of a real ship that sunk in the Zuiderzee around 1335
Over the ages its strategic location at the mouth of the IJssel has been beneficial for Kampen. Already in the 12th
century the city's large fleet of cog ships hauled salt from Portugal to trade with cities on the Baltic Sea.
Over the next
centuries Kampen became even more important and very wealthy.
In 1441 the city reluctantly joined the Hanseatic League,
but by then the decline had already set in, caused by the silting up of the IJssel and the growing competition
Early in the Dutch Revolt the city changed sides a couple of times but ended up firmly on the winning Dutch side.
large number of the old buildings and structures have survived the ages and provide a glimpse into the city's rich past:
TheCity Hall and Koornmarktpoort date from the 14th century, the Broederpoort and the Cellebroederspoort were gates in the
earthen city wall, erected in 1465.
The Kamper kogge is a seaworthy replica of a dredged up 12th century cog.
of the Nieuwe Toren (1664)was built by the famous Hemony brothers.
We visited Kampen's old city center on a rainy day
in May 2021.
the front side of the old City Hall is build in gothic style
the statue refers to a story that citizens pulled a cow up to the roof of the tower. With a rope around the neck
an alley with old housed
the origins of the Broederpoort gate harks back to 1465
the vertical lift City Bridge dates from 1998 and sports golden wheels
this is the smallest house of Kampen