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HATTEM: 

  

Hattem lies directly to the south of Zwolle on the opposite bank of the river the IJssel, and the drive along the river is very beautiful. On the right hand side of the house with the beautiful flowers in the picture, you find the well-known Anton Pieck- annex Voerman Museums in the very old city.

 

Go right in the right-hand turn the road makes and keep going straight until you see an invalid-parking sign and that is where the Museums are. The front part is the Voerman Museum with paintings from father and son Voerman, and changing exhibitions of modern artists and other exhibitions. The museum is wheelchair friendly and has an elevator; be alert: watch out for the last part it is only a small elevation and you have to turn round to get out.

Crossing the inner court, you arrive at the inner-entrance of the Anton Pieck Museum. Anton Pieck is the originator of The Efteling, a fairy-park in Waalwijk/Kaatsheuvel. In this part you find lifts as well.

 

In the street that lies parallel to the Achterstraat, you find the Kerkstraat and there at number 43 is a nice small shop: Smederij Wessel. Amongst very original gifts it sells Turkish china with iron based decorations, very colourful.

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Hattem also has a Bakery Museum, Het Warme Land, but it is not fitted out for the less mobile; many stairs and via the cellars you reach the other part of the museum, through a passage under the street.

 

On the square near the church, which has a very nice carillon, you see many bars and restaurants. Behind the church, going to the Ridderstraat, you can peek through the gate of the house where the Governor of the Dutch East Indies Herman Willem Daendels was born. At the end of the road you see a surprising gate. The tower-gate in the Kruisstraat is also worth seeing.

 

Voerman Museum and Anton Pieck Museum, Achterstraat 46-48; open from May to November, daily from 10.00 17.00 hrs, except on Sunday. In winter closed on Mondays. During July and August it is open on Sundays from 13.00 17.00 hrs. Closed on public holidays and the last two weeks of January.

 

 

 

 

 

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