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The most important attractions of Friesland

When you think of Friesland, you can't help but think of a number of iconic attractions such as the Elfstedentocht, Skûtsjesilen or "Fierljeppen". Indeed, these are events with a long and legendary tradition. They have taken on almost iconic proportions and are of great importance for Friesland's image and heritage. But Friesland has many more interesting and important attractions, some of which are well-known and some less well-known. On this page you will find them in random order. (By the way, this page is under development. More attractions will be added in the coming days and weeks.)

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11 Fonteinen

Due to the fact that Leeuwarden was European Capital of Culture in 2018, the Frisian eleven cities each received a fountain gift. These fountains were designed by a team of a...

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De Elfstedentocht

De ’tocht der tochten’ wordt de Elfstedentocht wel eens genoemd. Bedoeld wordt de schaatstocht langs alle elf Friese steden Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolswa...

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De IJsselmeerkust

The IJsselmeer forms an impressive border of land and water in the west of Friesland. The former Zuiderzee, definitively closed off from the Wadden Sea by the Afsluitdijk sin...

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De Oldehove

The leaning tower of Pisa is a household name but the Oldehove in Leeuwarden is almost as skewed. Yet the latter is a lot less known. The current Oldehove has a special histo...

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De Waddeneilanden

The Wadden Islands are the proverbial "pearls" of Friesland. These islands are a favorite (holiday) destination all year round. Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, and Schiermon...

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Het Friese Merengebied

For many, Friesland is synonymous with water sports. This is mainly due to the enormous popularity of the Frisian lake area as a holiday destination. Every year the Frisian L...

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Het Friese paard

There are few breeds of horses that appeal to the imagination as much as the Friesian Horse. Jet black, long wavy mane and tail, and of course the characteristic fetlock on t...

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Hindelooper Schilderkunst

Hindelooper paintwork art is a special style of painted furniture, walls, and objects. The style is colorful and consists of ornate floral motifs, bible prints, and sea scene...

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Middeleeuwse kerken

Friesland’s enormous wealth of heritage starts with the hundreds of monumental and age-old Protestant churches in so many villages and towns. Most of these churches have be...

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Nationaal Park het Drents Friese Wold

In the southeastern part of Friesland and the western part of Drenthe you will find the beautiful Drents-Friese Wold. This area, which covers more than 6,000 hectares, was de...

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Nationaal Park Het Lauwersmeergebied

In the north-east of Friesland and north-west of Groningen, you will find the beautiful Lauwersmeer area. This area declared a National Park because of its diversity, covers ...

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Planetarium Eise Eisinga

In the living room of his stately canal house in Franeker, between 1774 and 1781, the "woolcomber" Eise Eisinga recreated the solar system to scale. Nowadays, after almost 24...

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Skûtsjesilen

Every year in July and August Friesland is dominated by Skûtsjesilen. ... text follows!...

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Stoepa voor de wereldvrede

The 13 meter high Stupa for world peace, called "Tashi Gomang", was built by Lama Gawang Rinpoche. It took four years to accomplish this feat. Not only the beautiful exterior...

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Unesco Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

A magical experience of steam, architecture, and water, the ir. D.F. Woudagemaal in Lemmer is the largest functioning steam pumping station in the world. The pumping station ...

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Unesco Werelderfgoed de Waddenzee

The Wadden Sea is unique in the world! The Wadden Sea along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark is an unparalleled dynamic landscape. Nowhere else in the worl...

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