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In the 14th century, Kampen exchanged with the bishop of Utrecht, Jan van Arkel, the Mastenbroek polder against the right to increase the IJsseldelta.
The silting up of the IJssel brought a gradual end to the prosperity of Kampen from 1430 on.
Kampen has a large number of old to very old buildings, including remains of the ancient city wall (whose city gates are still standing) and the Church of St Nicholas (Bovenkerk).
The structure of the walled fortress city is still visible in the streets.
The city of Kampen itself has around 35,000 inhabitants.
Kampen has one of the best preserved old town centres of the Netherlands, including remains of the ancient city wall (of which three gates are still standing) and numerous churches.
As the IJssel had several delta-like mouths here, the main route of the river shifted several times.
In the 19th century, a new strategy was put in place to counter this problem: some watercourses were dammed to allow for more water at a higher speed through one or two main routes.
The municipality of Kampen has five other population centers: Grafhorst, 's-Heerenbroek, Kamperveen, Wilsum and Zalk.
) is a city and municipality in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands.
A member of the former Hanseatic League, it is located at the lower reaches of the river IJssel.
(mostly) across the river IJssel, as seen from the perspective of the bishopric of Utrecht by which it was held until 1528) in the Eastern part of The Netherlands, situated between the provinces of Gelderland, Flevoland, Drenthe and Friesland.
The city of Kampen is situated at the mouth of the river IJssel.
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Significant structures include: Throughout the town of Kampen, there are colorful murals which are in fact old commercials for now-defunct business in Kampen.