|Local draught beer||$5.69|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$5.42|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$9.49|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$745.76|
Zutphen is situated at the confluence of the rivers Ijssel and Berkel around 30 km to the north-east of Arnhem in the Gelderland province of the Netherlands. A historic city with a heritage stretching back to the Roman times, it is a popular tourist destination for its many monuments, scenic vistas and colorful markets. There are plenty of cheap flights to Zutphen that is accessible from the international airport at Weeze, just 103 km distant.
Among the very first things that strike you as you enter the city is the presence of a number of towers. ‘St. Walburgiskerk’ or as it is more popularly known as, Walburgkerk, is the tallest and stands in the square where the city was first established. The City Hall, situated just adjacent to the Walburgkerk is an imposing classical building. The "Librije” or library, which dates back to the mediaeval times, is extremely interesting; the security of the books has been ensured by the simple measure of keeping them chained to the desks! The Brother Monastery has been existent from the Middle Ages (around 1300) and consists of a Broederenkerk and monastery.
The city has a wide range of artistic, cultural and sporting activities. Zutphen has two museums: The Museum Henriette Polak is the museum of modern classical paintings and sculpture in the Netherlands. The museum consists of the central work of many famous artists who move between tradition and innovation, abstraction and figuration. The Stedelijk Museum Zutphen is a cultural history museum, the history of Zutphen and current Achterhoek can be seen in the interesting displays. The museum has a wide variety of objects, including paintings and prints, religious art, archaeological and historical objects, handicrafts, textiles and toys. It is well worth visiting with any of the cheap flights to Zutphen just to appreciate the heritage.
The weekly markets are vibrant and colourful; a large market is organized on Thursday morning while a smaller market starts operating on Saturday, all throughout the day. The city is full of small cafes and bars; some of them remain open until the early morning hours. The atmosphere is usually sociable and comfortable; the many hotels in Zutphen are also welcoming.