Heerenveen Travel Guide

  • Hiking our way to the museum.
    Hiking our way to the museum.
    by Jerelis
  • The main entrance of the museum.
    The main entrance of the museum.
    by Jerelis
  • The beautiful facade of the museum.
    The beautiful facade of the museum.
    by Jerelis

Heerenveen Things to Do

  • Crackstate - Wedding hall.

    The Crackstate is in the historical part of the center of Heerenveen and is still in use as a representative section of this part of town. The mayor and the aldermen have their rooms and the famous main hall serves as a wedding hall. This hall was designed in the 18th century in the style of Louis XVI. This room is still intact and was restored in...

  • Crackstate - Used to be a courthouse.

    If you want to visit the Crackstate be sure that you enter it via the streets of the Oude Koemarkt. For me it is always a bit overwhelming to have a look at it via this way. You will see the old and historical buildings of the square to the left and right, and right in the middle the Crackstate stands out. It is a fascinating view indeed!Looking at...

  • Crackstate - Landmark of Heerenveen.

    Every time when I visit the city of Heerenveen and I do enter the old historical part of the city center I have the urge to have a look at the Crackstate, a true landmark of Heerenveen. This famous landmark is a symbol for the city and maybe even for the entire province of Friesland. It is simply a breathtaking building and I love to watch at it...


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Heerenveen Restaurants

  • Part of the museum.

    This café is beautifully situated inside the Museum Belvédère and that fact already makes it a must visit. When we visited it we enjoyed our walk through the Museum Belvédère and we admired the collection of artworks by Frisian painters such as Sjoerd de Vries, Tames Old, Boele Bregman, William of Althuis, Gerrit Benner, Jan Mankes and Thijs...

  • More than just pizza.

    The Italian restaurants in the Netherlands have changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades. Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling Chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken....

  • Tucked away in the woods.

    Tjaarda Oranjewoud is part of the Golden Tulip Hotel chain. If you visit their website you will read that it is an excellent base to discover towns like Zwolle, Groningen and Leeuwarden. This might a bit weird as those cities are quite a drive to be honest. I would rather say that it is a great base to visit the amazing woods of Oranjewoud, the...


Heerenveen Nightlife

  • One huge party.

    Once the evening starts and everybody has had their diner the square de Koemarkt will fill itself with the crowd. All over the square you will find a stage where an artist will perform. Right behind the famous and beautiful building Crackstate the main stage is situated. Here national well known artist do perform, making it the largest music event...

  • Events during the day.

    The Saturday of the Night of the Koemarkt always has a regular feature, namely that right in the city center the so called “Dweilorkestfestival” is organized. This means that marching bands from all over the world compete with each other. The bands will march from the Koemarkt, via the main street De Dracht to the Gemeenteplein (central square). We...

  • Glasblazers.

    Maybe the Night of the Koemarkt is the highlight of the city of Heerenveen. At least the Night of the Koemarkt is a two-day annual movie and music festival that takes place in the summertime (last weekend of june) in the city center of Heerenveen. The organization of this great events is taken in the hands of party band ‘De Glasblazers’. This band...


Heerenveen Transportation

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    Travelling with (young) kids.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 7, 2012

    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.

    Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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Heerenveen Local Customs

  • 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...

  • 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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Heerenveen 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...

  • 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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    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.

Heerenveen What to Pack

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    Travel light!

    by Jerelis Updated Oct 21, 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 SD Cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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Heerenveen Off The Beaten Path

  • Museum Belvédère – View at the Grand...

    Maybe a great fact to tell is that Thomas Mercuur, the director and founder of the museum, was still involved with Museum Belvédère up till a year ago, when he sadly died. However, the museum also exhibits the works of local and foreign kindred spirits. The Museum Belvedere is truly a refuge for Frisian artists. We enjoyed our walk through the...

  • Museum Belvédère – Two exhibitions.

    In the 1950s, Thomas Mercuur, Sjoerd de Vries and Boele Bregman dreamed of a modern art museum. The three boys thought that the museum would be erected in Friesland where they lived at that time. The museum would exhibit the paintings of Boele Bregman and Sjoerd de Vries. They would have Thomas Mercuur as the director. The boys’ dream became...

  • Museum Belvédère – Part of museum park.

    The museum park ‘Landgoed Oranjewoud’ was laid out in 2004 between the historic estate of Oranjewoud and the Belvédère Museum. The present estate dates from the nineteenth century. The park is a modern version of the old baroque garden. The promenades on both sides of the grand canal have been restored and are beautiful to have a nice look at.Right...


Heerenveen Sports & Outdoors

  • Thialf – The crowd was extremely...

    The crowd was extremely excited as they were happy for the excellent performance of the Dutch skaters, but also for others who made a personal record or even defeated the Dutch. Respect all over! During this visit we were seated in the backstretch, where the coaches skate during the races, so we had an excellent position on the races and the...

  • Thialf – Speed skating’s Mecca.

    We walked our way to Thialf and it was just a matter of following the orange dressed masses of skating fans. We also passed the 2,500-seat ice hockey arena adjacent to the speed skating oval and is home of the Heerenveen Flyers, one of the Netherlands’ most successful ice hockey clubs. Do remember that there are other major ovals where top...

  • Thialf – A wish come true.

    Being born and raised in the Netherlands almost automatically makes me a speed skating fan. I clearly can remember the days I sat in front of the television and watch the Dutch legends pass by and keep track of the track records. The roofed stadium of Thialf, which seats 12,500 people, opened on 17 November 1986 and whenever that happened we stood...


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