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Hanseatic year activities

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The city center is a merry network of events with the Academiehuis, Zwolle's largest national monument, as its beating heart. Here you will find, among other things, the interactive experience Panorama Hanze, which spectacularly connects past, present and future. Climb to the attic of the more than 600-year-old building and before you know it you are standing eye to eye with the symbol of the city: guardian angel Michael. And continue your Hanseatic exploration past the Peperbus, Museum ANNO, the Sassenpoort and the Schepenzaal. You never saw Zwolle like this before.

Activities Hanseatic Year 2023

  • Color the Hanseatic](event://119105 "")
    During the (almost) last 9 days of the year, the event Color the Hanse takes place in all nine Hanseatic cities. This spectacular light event is a special interaction between people and buildings. In Zwolle, the Drostenhuis (ANNO city museum) has been turned into a coloring page, which residents, visitors, artists or anyone else can color and upload. Then your coloring page is projected on the building. So you color the Hanseatic building yourself. How special is that! Projections can be seen from 22 to 30 December 2023 from 5:00-22:00 pm.

  • Schepenzaal](https://anno.nl/projecten/loop-binnen-bij-de-schepenzaal/ "")
    The iconic Schepenzaal in Zwolle's old city hall will be reopened to the public. For six months, Zwolle residents and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to pay a free visit to the place from which the city was governed for centuries. The Schepenzaal is free to visit every weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) until 29 October.

  • Zeal and Resistance in the Schepenzaal](https://www.visitzwolle.com/agenda-item/122059/geestdrift-en-verzet-in-de-schepenzaal/ "")
    Travel back to the Hanseatic era with the podcast and hilarious radio play "Zeal and Resistance." In this podcast, Peter Vader and Rob Bults talk about the Shot at Bruges and the only Hanseatic meeting in Zwolle. They will perform at the end of the opening Alderman Hall, on October 22 and 29 at 1:30 and 2:30 pm. The performance lasts 25 minutes.

  • Panorama Hanze - Hanze Experience](event://111904 "")
    In the Panorama Hanze experience you will take a journey through time and see Zwolle through the eyes of the inhabitants of the past. The perfect starting point to further explore this beautiful city. This experience can still be discovered until May 31, 2024.

  • Kristina Norman - Hanse Connections](event://120885 "")
    In Hanseatic Connections, artist and researcher Kristina Norman (b. 1979, Tallinn, Estonia) explores Western and Eastern European perspectives on the Hanseatic League together with historian and curator Linda Kaljundi. This exhibition at Museum de Fundatie is open to January 28, 2024.

  • Sense of Place](event://113729 "")
    Old and new inhabitants of Zwolle create and show work inspired by their "sense of place," their feeling for their city. A multifaceted exhibition, to be visited from 1 to 30 September in the Academy House during the Hanseatic Year 2023 but also staying as a virtual art tour.

  • ANNO](https://www.visitzwolle.com/kunst-cultuur/musea-en-galeri%C3%ABn/41602-anno/ "")
    ANNO retrieves and brings all the stories about Zwolle in the past, present and future. It is a unique place in the Netherlands where museum, archaeology, building history, monuments and archives can be found together under one roof. ANNO can be found at Melkmarkt 41, in the monumental Drostenhuis and the adjacent new building. A place full of history and stories, where you can discover Zwolle in every possible way.
    Opening hours every Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00-17.00.

  • Sassenpoort](event://90825 "")↵. The Sassenpoort consists of four floors. Each floor has its own stories. A guided tour, Wednesday through Sunday, through the Sassenpoort consists of historical information and exciting stories.

  • Pepper Tower](/wat-te-doen/actie/23452-peperbustoren/ "")
    No matter from which direction you approach the city, the Peperbus graces Zwolle's skyline. Therefore, in the Hanseatic year, we tell the story of Zwolle in this special structure. To experience this story, you must first climb 236 steps in the Peperbus. Your effort will be rewarded, because in the middle of the tower is a 360-degree experience with a special animation about Zwolle in the Hanseatic era. In 2023, publisher WBOOKS will publish an atlas about the nine Hanseatic cities, this atlas in the input for the story of the film. Why is Zwolle so different from other Hanseatic cities around us? You'll find out in the Peperbus. Finish your visit with a view over all of Zwolle, enjoy the skyline from the other side and discover: Zwolle from Above. View the Peperbus opening hours here

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