Weesp – a fortified, riverside town near Amsterdam
Weesp lies in the heart of the Vechtstreek – a lush green region of the Netherlands running along the River Vecht from Utrecht to Amsterdam, known for its natural beauty, castles, parks and stately homes. One of the country’s 14 fortified towns, Weesp is famed for its historical buildings and influence on the chocolate industry thanks to the Van Houten company. Located a short trip to the east of Amsterdam, the town dates back to the 14th century and – as you’d expect – features many fortifications and battlements.
Weesp sights and attractions
Weesp is a popular attraction for visitors, with a protected historical centre interwoven by canals. Its rich architecture includes the spectacular Ossenmarkt and Issenmeer forts, three historical windmills and several buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries – a time of rapid growth and prosperity. Weesp’s former town hall – a stately, neoclassical building – now houses the municipal museum, devoted largely to 18th-century porcelain crafts. The Naardermeer area, the first nature reserve in the Netherlands, is just a 15 minute cycle from the town.
For such a small town, Weesp is teaming with quality dining options. Many restaurants enjoy a picturesque location in a historical building, such as the tree-filled Café diner 't Weesperplein, or the waterside Eeterij de Schalkse, by the Ossenmarkt fort.
How to get to Weesp from Amsterdam
Weesp is easily accessible in from Amsterdam within 15 minutes by train, with regular services departing from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Public transport travel to Weesp and around the region is covered by the Amsterdam and Region Travel Ticket.