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Monumental buildings in the Bierstraat

Lochem is a city of 34,000 people (2019) in the Achterhoek, the region in the east of the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is known for its historical city centre and the Lochemerberg, one of the highest points in the area (49.5 metres).


Lochem is a historical city located by the Berkel river and the Twentekanaal. Ever since 900 there should have been a church with hamlet, as archaeological revealed, which would make Lochem one of the oldest kerspelen(settlement by a church) of the Achterhoek. Lochem has been a city since 1233. The fortifications of Lochem consisted of two moats and a city wall, of which the outer moat has been removed. The city today offers houses dating back to the 1630s.

Get in[edit]

Bridge over the Twentekanaal.

By train[edit]

Lochem is connected to the railway between Zutphen, Enschede and Gronau. The station is found outside of the city centre itself, north of the Twentekanaal, which may cause confusion to tourists arriving by train.

By car[edit]

1 Lochem Station Lochem railway station on Wikipedia can be reached by car by using the A1, and using exit 26 (Lochem), followed by a turn onto the N332 in the direction of Lochem, to which directions will be marked from here on out.

Get around[edit]

Busses for regional traffic are serviced by Syntus. The cities of Deventer and Borculo can be reached when using line 52, which stops at the train station.


The river Berkel at the Graaf Ottoweg
Map of Lochem

  • 1 Huis Verwolde, Jonker Emilelaan 4, NL-7245 TL Laren, +31 573 401 825, . Easter through October: 12:00 - 17:00. Huis Verwolde is a castle with 47 hectares of land around it. The castle can be visited, the former kitchen is a tearoom and the surrounding land can be explored on foot.
  • 2 Saint Gudulakerk, Markt 4, NL-7241 AA Lochem.




Huis Verwolde with the lake behind it




Go next[edit]

From Lochem, many larger cities are close by. Within the Achterhoek, these are Zutphen, a former Hanzestad and Doetinchem, the de facto capital of the Achterhoek. Another nearby location is the municipality of Oost Gelre with the towns of Groenlo, known most for the Zwarte Cross event, which is the largest motocross event of Europe, and Lichtenvoorde, which has the largest flower parade of Europe. Alternatively, the Twentse cities of Deventer, Enschede and Hengelo are nearby as well.

Routes through Lochem
PieterburenGroningen  N Pieterpad S  DoetinchemMaastricht
Zutphen ← Warnsveld ←  W National route 346 E  → Goor → Hengelo
Deventer ← Epse ←  W  E  END
Zutphen ← Eefde ←  W Zutphen - Hengelo - Enschede Rail line E  HengeloEnschede

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