Tips for Zwolle mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Zwolle bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Zwolle. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Zwolle. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Zwolle highlights.


Zwolle is the capital city of Overijssel and has a historical character and will be discussed on another page. Besides Zwolle may be the cities of Deventer, Almelo and Enschede certainly not beaten for a visit.

zwolle history center

zwolle history center credit: charlotteshj CC BY-SA 2.0

Walking tours of the city

The town center of Zwolle has historical sites, characteristic buildings, canals and alleys. Discover the hidden treasures of Zwolle during a walk through this medieval town. Some organized walking tours are: Guided Zwolle, Wine Walk Zwolle and the Culinary Walking Tour Zwolle. All walking tours can be booked online at Overijssel Trips.


Zwolle credit: Nummer 12 CC BY-SA 3.0

Places to see and visit in Zwolle


Always wanted to enjoy the nightlife of Zwolle? The city has a varied selection of pubs, clubs and festivals where you can enjoy a drink with friends of family. At Club Minister you can dance at all the best parties of Zwolle. Every week all kinds of dance organizations provide an excellent lineup. The club is located just outside the center of the town. Brown Café De Stoof in the middle of Zwolle is the ideal location for a fun night out. Besides a delicious beer, you can also go there for a selection of many types of whiskeys and cognacs. ‘Even Dansen’ is a cozy café in the center of Zwolle. Here you can enjoy a delicious drink and dancing on the hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.


Amersfoort.Marienhof credit: JohnBoers CC BY-SA 3.0 nl


It has Hanseatic city, which is known by a rich and ancient past. It is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and has a monumental center with many sights. In the middle of the city there is the ‘Brink’, a large square with several historic buildings including ‘De Waag’, the house of the ‘Drie Haringen and the former gate house ‘Pennickshoek.

Tours in Overijssel


Through the air Overijssel cannot be reached directly, but in the vicinity there are several airports that can be flown to. The two nearest airports are: Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Groningen Eelde Airport (GRQ). Schiphol Airport can be reached through regular scheduled services such as KLM and Lufthansa as by smaller charter airlines like Ryan Air and EasyJet. Groningen Eelde Airport can only be reached through charter airlines as, Corendon and Ryan Air. Both airports are on average 68 miles of Zwolle. For the airports there is a choice of private transportation with driver to book and both airports have taxi ranks. A transfer on arrival from you flight to your residence may therefore be easy to book.

Rivier de Dinkel - De Lutte - Overijssel

Rivier de Dinkel - De Lutte - Overijssel credit: Frans Berkelaar CC BY-ND 2.0

Types of Transportation to and from Zwolle

Zwolle has for private transportation with driver a wide range of possibilities. Tourists and travelers are well provided here in. The possibilities vary with a range of bus companies, airport transportation, tours, events, tips, conferences and travel agencies.

Zwolle is the capital of the province Overijssel and has about 122.737 inhabitants. The city lies on the boundary of the area Salland and is through the Zwolle-IJssel canal connected to the IJssel. The history of Zwolle goes back to the middle ages and has a rich past.

Stedelijk Museum Zwolle

It is a combination of cultural history and modern art. The museum consist of two parts namely the old and new part. In the old part is located the ‘Drostenhuis’ from the 16th century. Here you can admire brilliant style rooms and collections of paintings, furniture and silver. In the new part you will find exhibition halls, a cinema, museum and a coffee shop. The museum features a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Four groups are also guided tours for all exhibitions. The maximum group size is 25 persons. Tours can be booked online and by phone. The museum is located on the Melkmarkt in the center of Zwolle.

Museum Zwolle

Museum Zwolle credit: Franklin Heijnen CC BY-SA 2.0

Stads festival

It is a five-day festival in and around the canals of Zwolle. The five days are completely dedicated to music, theater, film and dance. Here shows and concerts of famous artists and new ‘kids on the block’ can be admired. Every year the festival is associated with a theme, last year (2012) this was ‘Mediterranean’.

Librije’s Atelier

Discover your cooking talent! Together cooking, tasting, picnic and enjoy with friends, family or colleagues. This can be done by the cooking and wine school Librije’s Atelier. This school is associated with and known as the 4 star Michelin restaurant ‘Librije’. Learn with your group about their famous cooking techniques with one of the many workshops they offer. Or visit the wine atelier, where you can participate in a base class wine tasting and discover how you can recognize specific wine tastes. Group bookings can be made online or by phone. Librije’s Atelier is located on Spinhuisplein in the center of Zwolle.

Restaurant De Librije

Restaurant De Librije credit: LennartBolks Public Domain


Sail through the canals of Zwolle along the sights and parks of the city. Cruise Zwolle offers a number of arrangements such as the canal tour, BBQ cruise and cruise with drinks. The trips can be booked by Cruise Zwolle at the Drostestraat in Zwolle. Of course it is also possible to do this by telephone or via the website.


The city gate of Zwolle, built at the end of the 14th century as a city defense. The UNESCO monumental gate is the best preserved monument in Zwolle and is now a tourist attraction. Through the medieval tower staircases, the four floors of the gate can be reached.

Hiawatha Active

You can have original group activities in the heart of Zwolle. Hiawatha Active features a wide range of unique and active outings for a special day out with colleagues, family and friends. Some popular tours are: GPS scooter tour with ‘Kick Bikes’, sailing with a BBQ Donut, the game ‘who is the mole?’ and photo hunting. Besides these activities, Hiawatha Active also offers balloon rides and helicopter flights. All activities can be booked separately or in a package form.


With over one hundred different types of stores is Zwolle the largest shopping city of Overijssel. The Diezerstraat is the main shopping street, home to numerous major clothing brands. In these side streets like the Sassenstraat and Assendorperstraat you will find the real boutiques and more exclusive shops.

Delicious food

During a holiday of weekend trip is enjoying good food very important. Zwolle offers therefore a great range of restaurants and cafes with variety of dishes.

Delicious fried fish

Delicious fried fish credit: eric molina CC BY 2.0


Mizu, is located on Jufferenwal in the center of Zwolle. It is a Stylish restaurant with a lounge terrace, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner, with an Asian touch. The menu features a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes that you can order for a fixed menu price. Mizu is also suitable for special occasions and business parties and anniversaries.

La Curaracha

The Mexican restaurant La Curaracha, has an extensive menu with variety of tapas, meat, vegetarian and fish dishes. Also they offer group menus and is therefore suitable for occasions such as corporate parties and reunions. It is a charming location where you can enjoy the Mexican cuisine.


In Pannenkoekenschip you can enjoy delicious pancakes. In‘t Pannenkoekenschip dating back to 1928 and served previously as a cargo ship and is now a real pancake restaurant in Thorbeckegracht. It offers two group arrangements for special occasions such as family parties, company together or bachelor parties. The arrangements are: Chunky Rita’s bachelor party and the Pirate Banquet. Both include drinks and pancakes. The packages are offered to groups of 10 to 80 people.


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