Leeuwarden Travel Guide

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Leeuwarden Things to Do

  • Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden - The...

    Inside the Historical Centre Leeuwarden you can view a permanent exhibition about the story of Leeuwarden. With the help of historical objects and 3d animations you learn about the story of Leeuwarden. On the other side of the room there is another exhibition room that changes regularly. Entrance is for free.

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  • Fries Museum

    When you enter the Fries Museum, you encounter an intriguing world. Highlights of Frisian culture and modern and contemporary Dutch art give the Museum its versatile and distinctive character. You will be constantly amazed. Fresh, provocative works of art and antique objects covered with the patina of age are juxtaposed at the Museum.Inside the...

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  • Fries Natuurmuseum

    The Frisian Museum of Natural History was founded in 1923. Like many nature museums, this one came about as the result of a private initiative. A number of Leeuwarden nature lovers put their heads together and decided that it was high time that Leeuwarden had a nature museum. The most important initiator was Gerrit Bosch (known popularly as...

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  • Stadhouderlijk hof

    The first stadtholder's court in 1587 consisted of a single house only, but in 1603 a second house was added to the palace. Originally a complex in Renaissance style, the successing stadtholders each had it changed to fit their taste. In 1747 the last stadtholder of Friesland became stadtholder of all the Netherlands and moved to Den Haag, after...

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  • Statue of Willem Lodewijk van...

    William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (13 March 1560, Dillenburg, Hesse – 13 July 1620, Leeuwarden, Netherlands) was Count of Nassau-Dillenburg from 1606 to 1620, and stadtholder of Friesland, Groningen, and Drenthe. He was the eldest son of John VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg.William Louis served as a cavalry officer under William the Silent....

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  • Statue of Anne Vondeling

    Anne Vondeling (2 March 1916, Appelscha - 22 November 1979, Mechelen) was a member and former chairman of the Dutch Labour Party. He was minister in fourth Drees cabinet and vice prime minister in the Cals cabinet. Later (1972-1979) he became President of Dutch House of Representatives, in which capacity he put much emphasis on the usage of correct...

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Leeuwarden Hotels

  • Hotel Wyswert

    Rengerslaan 8, Leeuwarden, 8917 DD, nl

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Grand Hotel Post Plaza

    Tweebaksmarkt 25-27, Leeuwarden, 8911 KW, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Eden Oranje Hotel

    Stationsweg 4, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 8911 AG, N

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Leeuwarden Restaurants

  • Best place in town - for everything

    Wow, whether you want great food, fine wines, great beers, music, dancing, meeting the locals or just letch at the girls, this is the place for you. Speechless really, have met all my mates here.I met a local restaurant owner here once, and she said its one of the few places that really does have top-notch service, and the kitchens are perfect too...

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  • Late night dining...........

    A very popular venue. Will sometimes be found serving foor till nealy midnight. I asked then at the bar, and they sais call, if you think you might be dining out late!Great, friendly service. Food is amazing. Try the mixed Horse's Doovrees (!), cost 8.5euros, min 2 people, but you get a huge selection, very tasty. Beer here is good too, one of the...

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  • Amazing

    Two people are just there for you!!Henny is serving and Marcel is cooking. We walked in and let us surprise, every day they make a new menu (7 courses)....and ofcourse they serve the best wine to go with every dish. Oke and inbetween you drink some table water with freshly baked bread (wit herbs). They surprised us with a super menu.After a visit...

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  • Frisian food and more

    This is the place where you can enjoy a good meal. Our chef de cuisine takes particular pleasure in his work. You will discover this when you try our excellent à-la-carte dinner, with the Frysk menu as a culinary delight. You can cater parties and arrange diners for groups in this restaurant. Frysk menu: Beppe's sneinse grientesopGranny Sunday...

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  • Go here on sunny days

    This place is excellent for lunch. They have very tasty salads, good hot and cold sandwiches, and some pastries. In the summertime De Salon has a terrace right on top of a bridge over the canal on Nieuwe Stad. This bridge is right in the middle of the street, so you have an excellent view! On these sunny days from April to Septmeber you can even...

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  • Humphrey's

    They always have a very good price, basically because you pay the same price of € 17.95 always, for a three course meal. From the outside this restaurant looks very small, but it goes way into the back. If you want to eat here I recommend walking to the back of the house and sit in the library part, because the atmosphere is best here. They have a...

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Leeuwarden Nightlife

  • Party time

    A great place anytime, on a quiet sunday night or busy thursday. Live DJ's and a chill out room. Open till late. Great place!! Anything goes

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  • Oude Doelesteg

    This particular street has more than just a few bars. My favorite one was always this. Small, cosy and and fun enough! Almost anything goes as long as you look good.

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  • VAT '69

    This is THE disco of Leeuwarden. It is really nice and they play all kinds of music, from rock and pop to dance and house. Thursday is the students night and is the best night to visit and meet people. You will not only meet locals from Leeuwarden and Friesland, but people from all over the country, since many people study here. Quite often on...

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Leeuwarden Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • NS Train

    Leeuwarden can be easily reached by Intercity train.Real time Public Transportation info on the Leeuwarden map.

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  • Daytrip from Groningen

    The train from Groningen to Leeuwarden is only one hour. If you are in Groningen and you have a day to spent, you could make a daytrip to Leeuwarden. The train leaves every half hour.

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Leeuwarden Shopping

  • Voorstreek

    Away from the main shoppingstreet is the "Voorstreek", also a shoppingstreet but less crowded and along the water too. In this street there are some beautiful old houses, like the pharmacy in the picture.

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  • The Market

    During the summertime there are weekly markets on thursdays with a lot of interesting collectibles. Books, records and/or toys. Euro 1 for an album.

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Leeuwarden Local Customs

  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...

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  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

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Leeuwarden Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • From the locals

    Stay away from the Red Light District!Especially at night-time. In Leeuwarden, there are gangs of foreigners waiting to pounce, start fights and relieve you of your cash. If you see a large group ahead of yuou, turn around and leave sharpish. I'm told it's becoming a problem in the city. It tends to happen, as one group approaches the unsuspecting,...

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Leeuwarden What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Packing List

    Take a waterproof backpack with you. Bring along some light clothes in summer, but always bring a pair of trousers, a coat, raincoat, a sweater and some good walking shoes too. It can rain in summer. In winter it's very cold here, that's why in winter lots of people bring their ice skates a long. When the winter is very cold and the ice is strong...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Leeuwarden Off The Beaten Path

  • Thermen Sauna Westenberg

    Wow, what a find, a so close to where I was staying. Perfect tranquility just a throw away. Somewhat of a rare treat as I love saunas, and these are some of the best I've enjoyed on my travels. Two Finnish saunas (above 95 deg C), a cool sauna, steam room, in/out hot jacuzzi, in/out cooling pool, outside jacuzzi, 2 plunge pools, waterfall shower,...

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  • Grammophone Records

    On my hunt for records I just was surprised by the thursday summer market at the Wilhelminaplein full of records, books and toys.

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  • This cow wanted her picture...

    This cow wanted her picture taken so badly, I hereby give it her own space ;-)

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Leeuwarden Favorites

  • Walkable City

    What I like a lot about Leeuwarden is the easy way to get around: walking! It's size makes transport unnescesary. There are busses, but there is not that much to see on the outskirts of the city. All the interesting streets are not too far from each other. A bike makes it even more perfect, that wil easily take you around the whole city.Everything...

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  • More old ships

    This ship is a typical example of what you can find along the canals.In the rear you see the old railroad bridge of the former railroad to the airport.

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  • City itself

    Just walk and look around, you'll discover a lot. Nice small alleys and the cafe's by the canal! Having a beer-fight with hundreds of other students in a tent in the middle of city! And loads of other really good memories!!

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