Weesp is a town and a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Weesp lies next to the rivers de Vecht and Smal Weesp and also next to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. It is in an area called the "Vechtstreek". It is only 3 km from the end of the Amsterdam metro, but the wide Amsterdam-Rhine Canal keeps it geographically separate. The town is surrounded by open grassland.
The most famed product of Weesp is Van Houten chocolate. Before cocoa production, the local economy has been based on beer breweries, jenever distilleries, production of Weesper porcelain, and trade, due to its location on a branch point of waterways. In the 21st century, the economy is very diverse. There were large facilities of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, until February 2010 when Abbott Laboratories of North Chicago, IL, USA acquired Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Now, there are 3 Abbott sites - a chemical manufacturing site, a biological manufacturing site, and an administration site. The local specialty is the Weesper Mop cookie, which is based on mashed almond.
Weesp is a popular stop for tourists. It has a protected historical center with canals and many buildings dating from the seveneenth and eighteenth century. Weesp has three full-size historical windmills. It features a bastion and fortifications that are part of the Defense line of Amsterdam and the Dutch Water Line. These structures have never been attacked, though. The scenic river Vecht and the small roads that line it attract yachters and cyclists. The Naardermeer area, the first nature reserve in the Netherlands, is at 15 minutes cycling distance from Weesp.