Deventer is a municipality in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is also a city in its own right. The city of Deventer, which is built along the banks of the river IJssel, is a very historical city and one of the oldest in the Netherlands.
There are many monuments and fine old buildings to look at as you walk through the streets. It has a population of just under 100,000, but it manages to retain a bit of its old-world charm. Although there is some tourism in Deventer, there is not as much as you would expect considering the architecture and interesting history of the city. This is, of course, a bonus to the traveler who does get to Deventer, as there are not large numbers of tourists in and around the old city and the main attractions.
Although many of the big brands are represented in Deventer, there are also some interesting independent stores that sell everything from crafts, books, and local goods, as well as some very good delicatessens. As with many old towns, if you wander down the alleys and back streets, you can often find some fascinating little shops.
Deventer is a fascinating place to go, and one could well spend several days there, just wandering, exploring, and taking in the atmosphere of this wonderful little city.