Provincie Friesland Things to Do

  • Arriving at the Crackstate Heerenveen.
    Arriving at the Crackstate Heerenveen.
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  • Refelection of the Crackstate.
    Refelection of the Crackstate.
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  • The front facade seen through the gate.
    The front facade seen through the gate.
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Provincie Friesland Things to Do

  • Oranjewoud – beautiful ‘royal’ forest

    In 1664 the Frisian Nassau’s bought some heathland east of Heerenveen known as ‘t Wold’. The ‘village’ became its name Oranjewoud (Orange Forest – Orange is the colour of our royal family) in the year of 1676, when Albertina Agnes, Princess of Orange Nassau, after the death of her husband Willem Frederik van Nassau - Stadtholder of Frisia - bought...

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  • Hindeloopen - picturesque city

    Although Hindeloopen - or Hylpen in Frisian language - has less than 1000 inhabitants it is one of the eleven Frisian cities. It received its city rights already in 1225 and became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1368. Hindeloopen developed into a major trading town and owned a fleet of over 100 ships. The 17th and 18th centuries were golden...

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  • Hindeloopen - Eerste Friese...

    A visit to this ‘First Frisian Skating Museum’ is for us Dutchies an absolute ‘must do’, when coming to Hindeloopen. The museum is a mixture of a shop, a museum and a cafe/restaurant. The shop is quite nostalgic and almost a museum itself. It offers pottery and ceramic, sweets, toys, skates and especially a lot of the typical Hindeloopen hand...

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  • Leeuwarden - Nassau/city walk

    First we intended to do just the Nassau walk, but it turned out this walk offers a limited number of Nassau-sights. And about the half of these sites were not open for public at the moment we visited Leeuwarden. So we merged this walk with another one, called ‘Route Topmonumenten’. We could download both walks and made our own itinerary. It is also...

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  • Leeuwarden - Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

    Princess Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel served, after the death of her husband Johan Willem Friso - prince of Orange-Nassau, as regent for her son till 1731. Then she moved to the Princessehof (Princesses court), where she lived from 1731 till her death in 1765. Princess Maria Louise owned an important porcelain collection.The former 16th century...

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  • Leeuwarden - Museum ‘De Grutterswinkel’

    The shop is tucked between the ‘Waag’ and the ‘Oldenhove’ in a side street. The building itself dates back to 1596 and underwent several renovations. The history of the grocery store begins in 1901, when the property was bouight by the family Feenstra, who began as a wholesaler in colonial, grocery goods. Later it became a regular grocery store,...

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  • Wolvega - Rottige Meente, beautiful...

    The beautiful nature reserve ‘De Rottige Meente’ is a peat bog, featuring a patchwork of so called ‘petgaten’ (manmade canals), reed lands and marshes. The peat here was several yards thick. The peat was reclaimed along the so called ‘Voetpad’ (footpath) and small villages like Scherpenzeel and Spanga were built. After turning to peat, the area was...

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  • Appelscha - National Park ‘Drents-Friese...

    One of the largest areas of natural beauty in the Netherlands is National Park Drents-Friese Wold. Over 6000 hectares of forest, heath land, shifting sands and river valley grasslands were designated to become a national park in the year 2000.We started our visit of National Park Drents-Friese Wold at the visitor centre in Terwisscha, near...

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  • Mildam - Ecocathedral

    An ecocathedral can be defined as a stacked structure of residual materials from pavers, such as paving stones, clinker bricks, concrete bollards and curbs. This kind of material is arranged from the year of 1982 into a complex structure, in which nature has an equal share. There are no construction drawings, but the shape of the structures depend...

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  • Beetsterzwaag – one kilometer of...

    Beetsterzwaag used to be a village of distinction where the Frisian nobility had their country-houses. As early as the 17th century Beetsterzwaag was defined as “a village with small patches of fertile farmland, with beautiful trees in abundance and a well-paved main street”. Even up to now the village has preserved this character, with its at...

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  • Workum and Jopie Huisman Museum

    Workum is one of the eleven Frisian cities; it became city rights in the year of 1399. But the town is much older and was already mentioned in 907. Characteristic for Workum is the ribbon building along a canal, which ran in the middle of a long street. Despite the fact that Workum is not situated directly by the sea, it fully participated in the...

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  • Strolling around in Sneek

    Sneek - or Snits as people say in Frisian language - is one of the larger cities in Friesland. It became its official city rights in 1456 and is one of the eleven Frisian cities. It has a more or less compact centre, surrounded by canals. There is a pedestrian area with quite a lot attractive local shops, but Sneek also has the inevitable...

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  • Lemmer – Woudagemaal

    The ir. D.F. Woudagemaal in Lemmer, opened in 1920 by Queen Wilhelmina, is the largest steam-driven pumping station in the world still in use. Even today the monumental pumping station ensures that the people of Friesland keep their feet dry during high water. When that happens, the ‘cathedral of steam’ pumps up over four million litres of water...

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  • Museum Joure

    ‘Museum Joure’ - as many museums in smaller towns in the Netherlands - offers exhibitions about local/regional historical and cultural objects and trades. Of course there is much attention for the history of Douwe Egberts – the famous Dutch coffee roaster, which still is the major factory in town.After a warm and friendly welcome at the information...

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  • Joure, Douwe Egberts ‘vlecke’

    Douwe Egberts is the most well known and famous Dutch coffee roaster. Already in 1753 Egbert Douwes opened a shop in Joure, named "De Witte Os’’, selling a large variety of goods: coffee, tobacco and tea were their main products, but they also sold sweets, sugar, rice, vermicelli, chicory, cinnamon, saffron, syrup, vinegar, chocolate and dried...

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  • Discovering IJlst

    IJlst - or Drylts in the Frisian language – is one of the eleven Frisian cities. It became city rights already in 1268. It is one of the smaller cities in the province and visiting IJlst almost nothing does look like a ‘real’ city. But it has its own charm and deserves to be discovered. We started our visit with a walk along the river Ee or Ey, a...

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  • Veenklooster and Fogelsangh State

    The village of Veenklooster (or Feankleaster in Frisian) did arise on a spot of a 12th century monastery, called ‘de Olijfberg’. Nowadays it is located in very varied scenery with lots of trees and wooded banks. The village has a very nice village green and offers a couple of interesting sights, like museums and art galleries. But by far the most...

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  • Moddergat – Museum ‘t Fiskershúske

    Driving in the most northern part of Friesland is a little bit like entering the end of the (Frisian) world; straight roads, empty flat rural scenery, some isolated farmhouses and the twin villages of Paesens - with a nice little Romanesque church -. and Moddergat.Being on holidays in Friesland we wanted to visit Moddergat just for the name, which...

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  • Jelsum – Dekema State

    The Dekema State was first mentioned in 1486; this ‘stins’ or ‘state’ was a moat stone house with a moat. A ‘state’ was a fortified dwelling - more or less like a small castle - built of stone by the nobility of Friesland. In those times stone was very expensive and only affordable for the really rich people. In rough times they could withdraw...

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  • Hogebeintum – church/mourning panels

    For a visit of the church of Hogebeintum (officially in Frisian Hegebeintum) you First have to stop at the Visitor Centre. After paying our entrance fee we could join a (very) small group for a guided tour. Together we ‘climbed’ the highest mound of the Netherlands, which reaches till 9 meters above sea level. (Mound - in Dutch ‘terp’- is a man...

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  • Franeker - St. Martin's Church

    The present St. Martins Church (Martinikerk) is dating back to the year of 1421, although there was already a church on the same spot dedicated to St. Martin as early as 1085. The church is the only medieval church in Friesland with a choir aisle.As St. Martin’s was originally a roman catholic church, the prohibition of roman Catholicism in 1580...

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  • Veenwouden – Schierstins

    The ‘schierstins’ in Veenwouden is a fortified tower/house dating back to the early 14th century. It is the only remaining so called ‘steenhuis’ (stone house) in Friesland. It was built around 1300 and was first officially mentioned in 1439 as ‘Schira Monnika’, when it was owned by the Claercamp Abbey. It was named after the ‘schiere’ (= grey)...

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  • Franeker - Eise Eisinga Planetarium

    Eise Eisinga - a local wool carder – built between 1774 and 1781 an accurate scale model of the solar system in the living room of his house. An upcoming planetary conjunction - that some people said would mean the end of the world - launched him into this activity. Eisinga wanted to use his model to show how the solar system really worked.During...

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  • Bolsward on foot

    Bolsward is one of the eleven Frisian cities. It became its city rights already in the year of 1455. Originally Bolsward was built on two ‘terpen’ (man made artificial hills) and even in 900 the city still was surrounded by water. It had an open connection to the sea by way of a gully and the Frisian Middelzee. Bolsward was since 1412 – according...

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  • Bolsward > Bolsward, bicycle trip

    Friesland is as flat as a pancake and ideal for a bicycle trip. We opted for a ride towards the Ijsselmeer (former Zuiderzee) and back. We headed for Exmorra, where we made our first stop with a visit to a historical grocery shop dating back to the end of the 19th century; the same building houses an old school class and a shoe repair shop. Living...

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  • Bolsward – Martini Church

    In 1446 construction of the present Martini Church (Martinikerk) began on the very site of a Roman tuff church. After 20 years the church was completed; later the church was extended on the west side of the building and connected to the separate tower with a ‘saddle’ roof, dating back to the 14th century. Originally it was a roman catholic church...

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  • Bolsward – city hall

    The first stone of the current city hall – on the site of an earlier one – was laid in 1614 by the mayor of Bolsward. The model was made by a local cabinetmaker Japick Gysberts and built under own management by local craftsmen. In 1617 the total construction of this renaissance style building was finished, which costs about 27.000 guilders. In 1768...

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  • Sloten, the smallest of the eleven...

    Sloten was founded in the 13th century on a crossing of a road and the river Ee and became an important trade centre. On August 30 of the year of 1426 it first was mentioned as a city and at the end of the 16th century Sloten became a fortified town with four gates and a wall and moat around the town.The history of the city is reflected in its...

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  • Gaasterland – walking through ‘hilly’...

    The Dutch province of Friesland is commonly well known for its flatness, green meadows with cows, lakes and sailing boats. But some parts of the province are quite different; one of them is ‘Gaasterland’ in the south western part.Gaasterland (gaast = sandy hill) has some hills, although don’t expect too much (the highest one is just 12,7 metres...

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  • Schiermonnikoog

    Schiermonnikoog, or sometimes also called 'Schier' by the Dutch people, is a beautiful little island. The Wadden island are at the north of The Netherlands and are a series of small islands in a row in front of the coast. Schiermonnikoog is the smallest inhabited Wadden Island. It is only 10 miles long an 2½ miles wide and it has one village (which...

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  • Leeuwarden, historical capital of...

    Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland has an historical citycentre. There are 575 national monuments like churches, mills, storehouses, parks, canals, walls and statues. The oldest monuments are dationg back to the 13th century, like the de Grote Kerk or Jacobijner church. From the Renaissance are the Kanselarij, the Waag, and the so called...

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  • Stiens

    Another place with an interesting church, part Romanesque and part Gothic. The walls show traces of many changes. The rest of the place is not spectacular but there are a few nice spots. And a windmill.

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  • Hegebeintum

    Traditionally the Frisians built their churches on top of artificial hills, called 'terpen', where people would stay when the sea flooded their land again. These terpen got bigger and eventually whole villages were built on them. The highest terp that still exists is that of Hegebeintum, and on top you'll find this lovely little church. Elsewhere...

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  • Afsluitdijk

    Afsluitdijk is a damb which connects Dutch provinces North Holland and Friesland. It separates North sea and its former gulf, IJsselmeer. When the damb was built, IJsselmeer was partially dried and the lands used for settlement (this is the 12th Dutch province, Flevoland). But this you do not see from the damb, you just look at sea from one side...

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  • Countryside

    In the south eastern part of this province is a great country side, especially close to the IJsselmeer (lake).Government isn't too easy on the farmers, and decided that good farming land had to be turned into natural country side as it once might have been. Out of pride of their habitat they constructed this art frame. It has a text next to it with...

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  • Sailing The Frisian Lakes

    The Netherlands are renowned for their water: rivers, lakes, canals. Nowhere is this more visible than in the northern province of Friesland (or, as the locals spell it, Fryslân). A must-see (rather: must-do) is a sailing trip on one of the lakes.It is possible to rent many types of boats, from motor cruisers to sailing yachts in Friesland. But the...

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  • Watt walking tours

    Walks on the seabed? In the area of the North Sea the low tide drains in a constant regularity the most ample areas worldwide. The area of watt, which appears at first sight bleak and empty is one of the mostly alive biotopes of the earth, habitats more countlessly of marine living beings of the tiny diatoms up to the bulky seal. Wandering on the...

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  • Schiermonnikoog

    Especially when the weather is fine, it is great to go to Schiermonnikoog for a day trip. Here you can relax, biking, hiking and a lot of more other things. It is the great nature, which makes it !

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  • My little favorite town

    Sometimes you have to leave the boat and walk through little towns - typival dutch - like Woudsend.See the typical houses - their churches and notice that a Honda Silverwing - in front of the picture is almost as big as the houses itself.Is HONDA big - or the houses .....

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  • Sailing actions !

    Its a joye - but never sail alone or with unexperienced people - The weather and so the wind can change very fast - The water is like a road - but the evil lays sometimes under the water - the boatsman should know !!

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  • Just sailing away !

    Change clothes into comfortable sailing uniforms - (esp.Jacket - trousers and do not forget the boots!)Sail away and trust the skipper or experienced bootsman.Throw the anker - make your one food from time to time - just between friends - and go or better stop at the next station - for diner and a drink after !!

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  • Harlingen is a harbour town,...

    Harlingen is a harbour town, wonderful old buildings and a lively center where the shopping is good.

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