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  • Hiking our way to the museum.
    Hiking our way to the museum.
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    The main entrance of the museum.
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    Bolsward on foot

    by vtveen Updated Jan 10, 2013

    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 to written sources – member of the Germanic Hanseatic cities.

    We started our exploration of the city - of course on foot – just behind our hotel Hid Hero Hiem, where we saw the only remains of the old defensive walls and a part of the city moat. A little bit to the north stand the Martini Church on one of the former ‘terpen’. Construction of this impressive church began in 1442. Church is open for visitors and we took a look inside; quite impressive with its pillars, wooden pulpit and choir stalls.

    Walking back to the city center along a canal (Grote Dijlakker) we reached the St. Francis Church. We didn’t expect to find a roman catholic church in this part of the country, but Bolsward has one. You really should look inside the church. It was built in around 1930 and is completely made of colourful (Frisian) brick, which gives the interior an amazing atmosphere.
    (Next to the church is the Titus Brandsma Museum, which we didn’t visit).

    We walked along ‘Nieuwmarkt’ and ‘Skilwijk’, where we passed a kind of gate to the Sint Anthony Gasthuis. Former alms houses are built around a lovely garden.

    Back to the city center (through ‘Dijkstraat’ and ‘Marktstraat’). On a fork of two canals stands the great city hall of Bolsward. It has a marvelous stair-step gable and an impressive flight of steps outside. We visited a couple of rooms inside the building, which is really worth the effort.

    We continued along the ‘Jongemastraat’ and couldn’t miss the Broerekerk. This church has a medieval façade (it is the oldest building in the city). In 1980 a fire ruined the church, but in 2005 the church was restored and became an unique glass roof. Nowadays it is used for special events like music performances.

    We went back to the ‘Appelmarkt’ for a deserved cup of coffee on one of the sidewalk cafes.
    (We were running out of time and couldn’t visit other sites like the Sonnema distillery, the Us Heit Beer Brewery and It Gysbert Japicxhûs. The last one is located at the ‘Wipstraat’ - just behind the city hall - and has a Frisian shop and a kind of Tourist Information Center.)

    Bolward is nowadays part of the municipality of Sudwest-Fryslân.

    Bolsward - city hall Martini Church: interior St. Francis Church: interior Sint Anthony Gasthuis Broerekerk
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    Bolsward > Bolsward, bicycle trip

    by vtveen Written Jan 8, 2013

    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 rooms of the former owner do have period furniture.

    Allingawier is just a couple of kilometres further and offers a nice ‘open air museum’, with farmhouses, an old village church, a black smith, an eel smokery and a bakery where they make so called ‘drabbelkoeken’ (a local sweet). The village also has a café and a restaurant.
    Just outside the village lies the Allingastate, a more or less newly built Frisian manor (= state), which is a mix of several styles. To be honest: we were not impressed at all.

    (Grocery shop, Allingawier museum village and Allingastate belong to the so called Aldfaers Erf Route – Forefathers Inheritance Route.)

    Makkum is located on the banks of the IJsselmeer and is an old historical fishing village. It has some nice historic (merchant) houses, a beautiful weigh house and the lock to the ‘sea’. The pottery of Royal Tichelaar is also located in Makkum. Although it is not possible to visit the factory itself, we browsed the shop and had a nice lunch in their restaurant ‘Yt en Geniet (see for opening hours http://www.tichelaar.nl/en/shop_makkum/the_bakersshop.php).

    We followed the dike to the south and passed little Frisian villages like Piaam and Gaast, before reaching Ferwoude. The village has and historical carpenter factory, once also belonging to the Aldfaers Erf Route, but during our visit closed for visitors. After a look at the village church (18the century) with is remarkable yellow colour, we went on towards Workum trough a rural road.

    Workum is one of the eleven Frisian cities and nowadays well known for the ‘Jopie Huisman Museum’. This museum exposes paintings of Jopie Huisman, This local scrap collector turned out to be a marvelous painter and we really loved our visit to ‘his’ museum.

    After a coffee on a terrace on the market square of Workum - with a view of the impressive tower of the Gertrudis Church - we had to cycle back to Bolsward along a canal and with a little bit of head wind. After a wonderful bike trip of about 35 km’s we came back at the shop were we rented our bikes.
    (Koopmans Tweewielers, Grote Dijlakker 58, Bolsward - they don’t have a website)

    Information
    Exmorra and Alingawier, opening hours and admission fees: http://www.aldfaerserf.nl/
    Alingastate, free admission, opening hours: http://www.allingastate.nl
    Jopie Huisman Museum, opening hours and admission fees: http://www.jopiehuismanmuseum.nl/

    Rural scene along the bike route Exmorra: historical grocery shop Allingawier museum village Makkum, fishing village Workum, Jopie Huisman Museum
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    Bolsward – Martini Church

    by vtveen Updated Jan 8, 2013

    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 dedicated to St. martin, becoming a protestant church after the reformation. The Martini Church is still used by the ‘Dutch Reformed’ community.

    The Martini Church is located at Groot Kerkhof, which was very close to our hotel Hid Hero Hiem and was the first sight we visited in Bolsward. It is still clearly visible that the church is situated on a ‘terp’ (a man made hill). The impressive church with its tower - with a height of 52 metres - is rising high above the surrounding (small) houses.

    Once inside the church is remarkable bright, because it has a lot of windows. After entering you should look above the entrance for the famous and beautiful ‘Hinsz organ’. Another highlight is the pulpit, which has wonderful woodcarvings with decorations of the four seasons.
    The choir has antique choir stalls, also with woodcarvings. The oldest are dating back to 1490 !!
    Being a protestant church it isn’t very richly decorated, but the Martini Church has some statues, a couple of nice paintings and some medieval frescoes.

    When walking around in the church we saw everywhere memory boards and lots of richly decorated tombstones. Look at the many ship decorations, a proof of the importance of Bolsward as an Hanseatic city.

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    Admission: free of charge
    Opening hours: open throughout the year Mondays till Fridays 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm; from may till August also from 10.00 am - 12.00 am. July and August also on Saturdays 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm. (check website before your visit).

    Bolsward, Martini Church Martini Church, interior Martini Church, tower Martini Church, interior
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    Bolsward – city hall

    by vtveen Written Jan 4, 2013

    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 the rococo façade steps were added. The exterior was restored in 1895 and in 1955 a new restoration took place.

    When walking through Bolsward it is impossible to miss this red brick showpiece of the city. After looking to the striking exterior of the building with its decorations on the façade, we decided to take a look inside. It turned out there were a couple of rooms, which were open for visitors. We got a leaflet (also available in English, German and French) and could start our ‘self guided’ tour.

    We ascended the stairs with some nice stained glass windows before reaching the first floor. Through the open door of the Burgemeesterskamer (Mayor’s chamber) we had a view into the room with period furniture and paintings against the walls. During our visit in 2010 the room was still used as a working room, because Bolsward was still an independent municipality; nowadays it is part of Sudwest-Fryslân.

    The next room is the ‘Vierschaar’ - the tribunal – where in earlier days the rule of law was administered, again with a lot of antique features and paintings. Next to this room is the ‘Raadzaal’ (Council Chambers), where the council of Bolsward had its meetings when it was still an independent municipality (nowadays part of Sudwest-Fryslân). The has a remarkable mantelpiece with an antique fireback. It also has a wonderful chandelier with real candles.

    Via a narrow spiral staircase we reached the ‘Oudheidkamer’ (Antiquity Room), a small museum with exhibits from and about the history of the city of Bolsward. Remarkable the large number of silver objects, beaten currencies and pottery from the old days.

    Information
    The city hall and the Antiquity Room are open - for free - for visitors from April 1 till November 1 on weekdays.
    Check the opening hours at the Tourist Information/Gysbert Japicxhûs, phone 0515 - 573990.

    Bolsward - city hall City hall - flight of steps City hall - 'Vierschaar' (tribunal) City hall: Raadzaal (Council chambers) Oudheidkamer (Antiquity room)
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    Sloten, the smallest of the eleven Frisian cities

    by vtveen Written Dec 25, 2012

    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 centre with its protected views in a pedestrian area.
    Nowadays Sloten is a pleasant town, popular by people who love watersports (as everywhere in Friesland), biking or hiking. A visit to Sloten means walking along the canal ‘Het Diep’, which divides the town in two parts, with several historic merchants houses from the 17th and 18th century. Looking to the two remaining water gates, the flourmill from 1755 (sinde 2005 named De Kaai) with an old canon on the grounds; another canon stands at the other end of ‘Het Diep’.
    And why not visiting the interior of the Reformed Church, built in 1647 or the town hall from 1759, now used as a museum with a good impression of Sloten’s history. It contains also a collection of magic lanterns.

    Sloten offers a couple of nice shops and ‘of course’ some cafés and restaurants. Sitting on one of the terraces with a drink is a perfect end of a visit of this smallest of the eleven Frisian cities.

    As said Sloten is a pedestrian area and you have to park you car on one of the (free) car parks around the city.

    Het Diep De Kaai Reformed Church, interior city butcher sidewalk cafe

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    Gaasterland – walking through ‘hilly’ Friesland

    by vtveen Written Dec 24, 2012

    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 above the sea level). They are remains of the latest ice age, when glaciers covered also the Netherlands.
    It is a very pleasant and beautiful scenery, with its gently sloped landscape, meadows, loam cliffs along the IJsselmeer and several forest; together with some really nice and quiet villages a very interesting part of Friesland.

    We made a walk of a couple of hours through this scenery and just saw al these elements, making a loop walk from the small village of Oudemirdum. First ‘climbing’ a hill and afterwards descending to the dike along the IJsselmeer and the so called Mirnser Klif (with an height of 2,5 metres). Through the ‘Rijster Bosch’, a 300 year old planted forest with varied trees, we reached the small (holiday) village of Rijs and walked back through another forest with these typical hills to Oudemirdum.

    Oudemirdum is a good starting point for exploring Gaasterland. It is a very nice village with a couple of shops, cafés and restaurants along the Brink (square) and most important for tourists an information centre. They offer maps with signposted walks or just buy a map and make your own (as we did) tour.
    Opening hours: see website.

    Gaasterland: meadows and forest Ice age rock from Sweden, nearby Oudemirdum Mirnser Klif Rijster Bosch Oudemirdum
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    Oudemirdum, walking through ‘hilly’ Gaasterland

    by vtveen Updated Dec 24, 2012

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    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 above the sea level). They are remains of the latest ice age, when glaciers covered also the Netherlands.
    It is a very pleasant and beautiful scenery, with its gently sloped landscape, meadows, loam cliffs along the IJsselmeer and several forest; together with some really nice and quiet villages a very interesting part of Friesland.

    We made a walk of a couple of hours through this scenery and just saw al these elements, making a loop walk from the small village of Oudemirdum. First ‘climbing’ a hill and afterwards descending to the dike along the IJsselmeer and the so called Mirnser Klif (with an height of 2,5 metres). Through the ‘Rijster Bosch’, a 300 year old planted forest with varied trees, we reached the small (holiday) village of Rijs and walked back through another forest with these typical hills to Oudemirdum.

    Oudemirdum is a good starting point for exploring Gaasterland. It is a very nice village with a couple of shops, cafés and restaurants along the Brink (square) and most important for tourists an information centre. They offer maps with signposted walks or just buy a map and make your own (as we did) tour.
    Opening hours: see website.

    Gaasterland: Oudemirdum Gaasterland: meadows and forest Gaasterland: ice age rock from Sweden Gaasterland: IJsselmeer nearby Mirnser Klif Gaasterland: Rijster Bosch
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    Schiermonnikoog

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    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 is also called Schiermonnikoog. The village dates back to 1760.

    I love this island, it really is beautiful and perfect for a daytrip or for a stay of a few days. The main part of the island is natural landscape : dunes, beaches,woods and also shallows and a polder.
    The thing I love about it is that there are no cars allowed on the island. The only ones than are allowed to use a cars are the island residents. So in fact it means no traffic at all on the island, except for the bicycles. It's really a paradise for people that love to make a relaxing bicycle trip or enjoy hiking. Over the whole island there are little bicycle path which lead you through the beautiful dunes and landscape of the island.

    Don't worry about bringing a bike yourself though, as you can rent a bicycle on the island. But if your not in the mood for an active vacation, you can also be lazy and lay down on the beautiful and huge beach :-)

    More about this island on my Schiermonnikoog page:
    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1c048/6fbe4/

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    Leeuwarden, historical capital of Friesland

    by sachara Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    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 'herenhuizen', mansions along the canals (picture 2).

    The area has been occupied since the 10th century, though also remains of houses dating back to the 2nd century AD were discovered. Leeuwarden got a town charter in 1435. Situated along the Middelzee, it was an active trade centre, until the waterway dried out in the 15th century. Famous natives of Leeuwarden include stadtholder William IV of Orange.

    Statue of stadtholder Willem Lodewijk Canals and old houses Maria Louise, widow of the stadtholder Princessehof, palace of the princess, now museum Stadhouderlijk Hof/Stadtholder's Court, now hotel
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    Stiens

    by OlafS Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    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

    by OlafS Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    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 in this tiny village you can find the explanation for the mining equipment at the foot of the terp.

    Hegebeintum

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    Afsluitdijk

    by blanter Written Sep 4, 2004

    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 and sea from the other side.

    A thunderstorm at IJsselmeer.

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    Countryside

    by nighthawk Written May 20, 2004

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    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 on it : Farmers created the country side over many years, national government does not like the way they farm, local farmers fought fiercely against the new laws because they are proud of their country side and want to keep it the way it is.

    Art frame to frame beautiful country side
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  • Sailing The Frisian Lakes

    by jheller Written Aug 5, 2003

    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 most authentic experience comes when sailing on a so-called skûtsje. This type of boat dates back to the late 1800s/early 1900s, when the skûtsjes were used to transport dung, mud or other goods.

    Of course nowadays the boats have been modified to include more modern comforts such as bunks, a tiny kitchen, a toilet, and an engine. But be prepared for the silence, when the engine dies down and the only sounds are the sail fluttering in the wind, the cries of birds and the splash of tiny waves against the boat.

    Skûtsjes can be rent for half-days, weekends or weeks, and they come with a captain, or without if you are an experienced sailor. An example is the Skûtsje Verhuur Sneek who sails the Snekermeer. More info on this company can be found on their website (Dutch only).

    Sk��tsje
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    Watt walking tours

    by hundertmorgen Written Aug 1, 2003

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    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 tidelands are a successful excursion.

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  • Grand Hotel Post Plaza

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • WestCord Hotel Noordsee

    Strandweg 42, 9163 GN, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • WestCord Hotel Schylge

    37 Burg Van Heusdenweg, (formerly Golden Tulip), West-Terschelling, 8881 ED, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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