Sneek Travel Guide

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  • The beautiful town hall.
    The beautiful town hall.
    by Jerelis
  • Close up of the Waterpoort.
    Close up of the Waterpoort.
    by Jerelis

Sneek Things to Do

  • St. Martinuskerk

    This is a Roman Catholic church and don't mix it up with the more famous (and way older) Martinikerk, previously described here :-)Lots of catholic churches in The Netherlands are newer than their original ones. Those original ones (like the Martini church) were taken by the protestants in the 16th century. This Martinus church was built in 1872 in...

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  • Martinikerk (Martini Church) - exterior

    The belfry is separate from the church itself. In the old days, there was a separate entrance for the poor. One did not just enter the grand entrance on the north side, the poor had to enter via a modest wooden door on the south. Photo 3 was a bit difficult to make as I couldn't stand on anything. I wanted to show the lines in the stonework on the...

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  • Martinikerk (Martini Church) - interior

    It is common for a catholic church to have a church ship and a choir, as separate sections of the church building. In the Martini church these two sections are separated by the organ that was built in 1710. Because this is a protestant church, there was obviously a need to make changes in the interior. One now enters the church through the 'choir'...

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  • Sneker Town Hall

    This town hall was first started in 1478 and enlarged in the two centuries following. A storey followed in 1763 and the front was made in roccoco style but they kept the baroque steps to the entrance, which was made by the Sneek sculptor Gerben Jelles Nauta.The heraldry is of the Frisian stadtholder William IV and his wife princess Anna. The...

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  • Around the Waterpoort

    It's a lively spot around the Waterpoort. With all sorts of traffic: cars, motorcycles, bicycles and boats. The bridge opens often and then everyone has to wait.So did my dog, on the other side of the bridge while I was still at the Waterpoort. He saw me disappear behind the bridge that was opening and barked and yelped imploringly. He watched me...

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  • Waterpoort (Watergate)

    The most distinctive monument of Sneek is of course its Waterpoort. It was first built in 1613, supposedly after the design of Thomas Berends (who I've never heard of, I may add :-).I suppose some well meaning officials changed it in the 18th century, then even attempted to demolish it. But in 1877 it was restaured back to the 1613 situation. The...

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Sneek Restaurants

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    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The restaurant is situated in a very old captain's house and the interior has a typical Hindelooper style (Frisian).
    The tiles are interesting to see. At the front, in the fireplace, are tiles with biblical scenes, including where you can find the texts. There are more tiles of the old-fashioned style. The sport is to find the original tiles.
    Original tiles, those that are really really old, can be recognised by a tiny hole in opposite corners. They were separated by a nail during the firing in the kiln. Newer tiles (although even the newer ones can be 50-100 years old) do not have these. If you visit, try and find the original centuries-old tiles! Let me know and I'll tell you if you are correct :-)

    Favorite Dish: The cuisine here is French-Dutch. Main courses are between € 15-22.
    A 3 course menu amounts to around € 25.

    We only had tea and wine here. The wine was commented on as excellent.

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Sneek 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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  • Cycling

    A very special tricycle which seem to go very fast.Of course you can rent bicycles almost everywhere in Friesland. In Sneek for instance at the address below.The bicycle shop is called Twa Tsjillen.It's located in the town centre, about 5-10 minutes walk from the train station.

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  • Parking

    Hardly any cars pass through the old center of Sneek. You can find various parking lots along the borders of the city center. The tourist office has a good brochure called 'Parkeren in Sneek' (parking in Sneek). You can download this brochure (June 2008), then see page 2 and you'll find a clear, printable map of Sneek with the parking places.Within...

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Sneek Shopping

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  • Fresh fish

    You know when you're on holiday, you don't want everyday chores. Even though we had a lovely home to ourselves with a more than fully fitted kitchen, we decided to have a semi-prepared fish meal. Paella and garlic prawns. There was a lovely array of fresh fish and fish dishes. There's a counter where you can eat deep fried fish or the famous Dutch...

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  • local sweet specialities and liquorice

    A delightfully nostalgic shop with old-fashioned and traditional sweets, chocolates and cookies. Frisian specialities make great gifts or souvenirs!Opening hours: Monday 13-18 hrs, Tuesday-Friday 9-18 hrs, Saturday 9-17 hrs, Thursdays until 21 hrs. I bought chocolate sprinkles made of Fair Trade chocolate, a bag of frog salmiak liquorice (very...

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Sneek Local Customs

  • 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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  • Talk with the locals

    Frisian people speak Frisian. That is not a dialect but a different language. It is a bit between Dutch and English. Luckily Frisians are bilingual and speak Dutch also. So there's nothing from keeping you to talk to some people!

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Sneek 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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  • This has seen better days...

    We were leaving the center of Sneek when I spotted this building. Old and rundown, the paint and plaster bladdering off. Then I noticed the text on the side of the building saying: Bros Metz, Plasterers. Poor guys, little would they know when they had their business in the early 20th century (the lettering is Art deco), that their premises would...

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Sneek Tourist Traps

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    by Nantosvelta Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In some Frisian villages they still maintain the principal of not working on a Sunday, which means that everything is closed.
    It might be a good idea to get some food and drink in supermarket on Saturday. Just in case.
    Something I didn't think of myself. After cycling around for an hour and getting very hungry we found one restaurant that was open. The food was terrific but then the bill came.......

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Sneek What to Pack

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    Here we go ...

    by Jerelis Written Jun 29, 2013

    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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Sneek Off The Beaten Path

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    by ATLC Written Jul 27, 2008

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    This street sculpture is not only nice to lighten up the street, it also shows a bit of life in the old days (1841). The guy is a travelling merchant who sells textiles, ribbon and buttons and the Frisian woman with the geese is buying. The travelling merchants often came from as far as Belgium.
    The plaque says this sculpture was donated by C&A Netherlands. The famous textile concern (also well known in Germany and elsewhere) of the Brenninkmeijer family. They count as amongst the very richest of this country. If I'm correct, the richest even!
    In Frisian the plaque also says De Friezinne en de omreizgende lapkepoek, anno 1841.

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