The Achterhoek region

Prepare to be impressed

The Achterhoek region is a unique part of the Netherlands, with beautiful countryside, castles, gardens, ancient towns and a rich history. Winterswijk is the region's most popular destination.

With Het Wieskamp as your base, you can really get to know the Achterhoek region. Follow in the footsteps of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, who set up an encampment around Groenlo and laid siege to the town, which was then known as Grolle. Every two years there is a spectacular re-enactment of the decisive battle in and around Groenlo.

Or discover the book town of Bredevoort, which in the Middle Ages was governed from Bredevoort Manor, whose jurisdiction extended as far as Winterswijk. These days Bredevoort is a little town with narrow streets, a book market and lots of bookshops.

The Achterhoek region is also famous for its spectacular castles and gardens. Some are open to the public. Others are still privately owned. See and for details.

Besides Groenlo and Bredevoort, places such as Doesburg, Zutphen, Bronkhorst and ’s Heerenberg are also well worth visiting. These lovely old cities and towns all have a rich history and well-preserved monuments.

Throughout the Achterhoek region there is an extensive network of walking and cycling routes waymarked with numbers. There are also many other marked trails for walkers and cyclists and scenic routes for motorists. These include lovely children's, antiques and bric-a-brac, and living history trails. Some of the trail descriptions can be accessed through smartphone apps. At reception you will find a selection of cycle route network maps and other routes.

From Winterswijk it is easy to explore the area by car and bike. There are also regular (Arriva) train and bus services throughout the Achterhoek region.