The wood sawing mill "De Jager" (The Hunter) and the grane grinding mill "Het Lam" (The Lamb) are surely worth your attention. In the millershouse of the last mentioned windmill, Woudsend also has it's visitors information centre and shop. Here one also still can buy products from the mill.
Woudsend can be proud as being the only Frisian place where two types of (wind)mills are available and operational.
Watersports and Fryslan (Friesland, as written in Frisian language) are almost synonimous to one another. It doesn't matter whether the water is liquid or frosen, the Frisians are taking advantage of it. The province is one huge network of canals and ditches since many, many centuries. For every visitor I can recommend to sail through this amazing province. Boats are for rent in 1001 locations and when one doesn't know how to sail: stay longer and book a course in one of the 101 sailing schools.
Delishes dishes for after a sailing trip - long or short. Menu's are various and very price worthy. The interior typical Dutch (brown and woody) and the atmosphere even off season very warm and welcoming.
Favorite Dish: Uitsmijter ham kaas en een hele zooi meer.
Dutch lunch recepy! Recommended.
Fryslan is an attractive and above all sportive province. The main attractions are not so much the towns or other monumental places, but the countryside itself (or should I say "waterside"). Of course the province also has the famous 11 towns (recently a 12th place with official cityrights is discovered) and many other pictoresque places. Woudsend is definately not tourist attraction number one, but since it is situated right in between the lakes, it is a nice place to anchor away and take a strawl, good lunch or find shelter for a night.
Favorite thing: Another remarkable church in Woudsend is the baroque Reformed church that is almost hidden in the village corner behind the sawing windmill. This church, nicknamed "The Carmel", is still used as relgious temple and holds also an classic organ.
Favorite thing: This former reformed church along the river "Ee" (one of the most famous cross-word-puzzle words in the Netherlands) now-a-days is turned into a appartment complex. The outer form however is (almost) untouched through which the village kept it's original scenery.
Favorite thing: As already said in my history lesson in the first general tip, in the 18th and 19th century, Woudsend lived in prospores times, basically because shipbuilding activities took care of a good income for many inhabitants and gave the village an important status within Fryslan. In this period the village had many ship timber warfs, mast and sail factories, leather industry, wood sawing mills, a rope factory and other ship related industry. Besides that, fishery and agriculture were important. Through the years things changed. Especially after the worldwar(s) Woudsend started to be a centre of tourism in the Frisian lake district. Professional sailors changed into hobby sailors, but ship's equipment stayed necessary and the village keeps on blossoming.