Academiehuis Grote Kerk, Zwolle

Discover the hidden treasures

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Academiehuis Grote Kerk, Zwolle

The church of St Michael, or Grote Kerk has stood in the heart of Zwolle for over 600 years. Today, this monumental building is called Academiehuis Grote Kerk Zwolle. It is still a central space to congregate and for contemplation, art and culture. The vast interior showcases the city's wealth and power through the ages and unfolds like a history book, revealing all kinds of fascinating contrasts. An unremarkable basin shows the sanctity of rituals surrounding the Mass, whilst a richly ornamented screen nearby was meant to block out all traces of the Catholic past. Look closely and you can discover them all: the trappings of power and prosperity competing with references to spirituality and charity.

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday

11.00 AM to 5.00 PM


11.00 AM to 4.00 PM

Audio tour

Discover the hidden treasures

We have selected the church’s highlights for you. There is a remarkable story behind each one. Ask for the audio tour when you visit, and listen to the stories as you wander through the church. Or take the guided tour, which will lead you to all the highlights.

Audio tour information

Admission to the Academiehuis is free.

Audio tour € 3

Available in Dutch, English and German


How do you get to the Acadamiehuis

By car

There are several parking garages on short distance of the Academiehuis, for example parkeergarage Emmawijk.

By public transport

It is approximately ten minutes by foot from Zwolle Central train station.


Grote Markt 18
8011 LW Zwolle