Founded in 1847, this pretty town (population: 9,900) has a strong Dutch heritage.

By The editors of
June 08, 2012

Due to possible coronavirus-related travel restrictions, please check destinations' websites for the current status of attractions, events, restaurants and lodgings.

What to do

Klokkenspel Figurines ring in the hour at set times every day in the center of town.

Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill 22 buildings focusing on crafts surround a shady courtyard.

Vermeer Windmill in Pella is the tallest working windmill in the nation.

Pella Opera House This performance venue has featured everything from operas to silent movies to student productions since its opening in 1900. Shows are expected to resume in 2021.

Scholte House Museum Learn about the early history of Pella at this house, which was completed in 1848.

Tulip Time Festival Put on your clogs. Pella's Dutch heritage shines during the annual festival.

Tulip Time Festival, Pella
| Credit: John Noltner

Where to eat

Jaarsma Bakery Try an almost-paste-filled Dutch letter at this iconic pastry shop.

The Jaarsma Bakery is famous their delectable Dutch letters. 

Smokey Row Coffee House The coffee is strong, the quiche is homemade and the cheeseburger chowder is a favorite. Smokey Row on Facebook

Windmill Cafe Grab breakfast or a cup of coffee. We recommend the Mediterranean omelet. Windmill Cafe on Facebook

Where to stay

Royal Amsterdam Hotel This European-style lodging in downtown a plaza and canal.

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