The municipality and city of Hattem is located just south of big brother Zwolle, on the south bank of the IJssel river.
origins are lost in the mist of time, but the settlement shows up in a document of ca. 800 AD and it received city rights in 1299.
In the Middle Ages Hattem was a minor member of the Hanseatic League, but merchants, farmers and a booming brick industry brought ample wealth and impressive buildings were erected.
The Bishop of Munster sacked, torched and looted Hattem in 1672, a disaster the city did not recover from.
Today, the small town of Hattem sports a long list of well-kept historic monuments, like the Andreas church of 1171, the 14th century city gate Dijkpoort, the 16th century City Hall and the windmill de Fortuin.
In May 2021 we paid a visit to picturesque Hattem. Unfortunately some of the old streets were broken up for major repairs.