In 1993, Bredevoort came into being as the Dutch-German booktown. In this year, after its mediaeval towncentre was restored to its former glory, the first handful of bookshops opened their doors to increasing numbers of visitors.
At the moment it boasts over 30 antique bookshops, artgalleries and ateliers.
Over the last two decades, a number of booktowns have been established in Europe. Booktowns are small towns in rural areas with a distinctive historical past where antiquarian and second-hand bookshops are concentrated. They have also proved to be an attractive home base for many artisans working in the different graphical trades.
Following the example of the other booktowns, Bredevoort established itself as the Dutch-German European booktown in 1993. Bredevoort Booktown is a cooperative initiative of Dutch and German antiquarians and bookbinders. As a border-spanning project, it is unique in Europe.