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Fifty County's in Friesland

Fryslân is divided into fifty counties as shown below.

Achter Stavoren
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Achter Stavoren

The southwestern tip of the Frisian mainland is an intriguing region. By the car, it is an area hard to reach. And the Sneek - Stavoren train also doesn’t carry large crowds of people either. It is ......

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Ameland
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Ameland

Ameland offers plenty of scenic areas covered in woods and heath. A hundred kilometres of cycle paths provide plenty of variation. And terraces in villages such as Nes are nice diversions.

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De Dokkumer Wâlden
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De Dokkumer Wâlden

The area south of Dokkum is known as the Dokkumer Wâlden (Woodlands). Here is a sandy ridge on which a unique landscape has developed over the centuries. Characteristic are the alder-lanes that form ......

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De Hemmen
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De Hemmen

To the east and southeast of Sneek is a beautiful, wide landscape with a few scattered terp (mound) villages and one of the Frisian Eleven cities, IJlst. The area forms the transition from the lake ar......

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De Pingjumer Halsband
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De Pingjumer Halsband

An intriguing name for an intriguing area. Around Pingjum is a beautiful, age-old landscape where the long struggle against the sea is still clearly visible. "Pingjumer Halsband" (Halsband = Necklace)......

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De Skieding
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De Skieding

The "separation" (in Frisian "Skieding") is the appropriate name for the road that runs from Surhuisterveen to the south. This road forms the provincial border between the provinces of Groningen and F......

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De Westelijke Bouhoeke
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De Westelijke Bouhoeke

For many, Harlingen is the most beautiful of the Frisian "Elfsteden" (eleven cities). Of course, you should not argue about taste, but the city of ’Ouwe Seunen’ (the nickname of Harlingen) has som......

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Gaasterland
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Gaasterland

Good wine needs no bush. That also applies to Gaasterland, a unique part of the Netherlands. The slightly sloping landscape shows an unprecedented variation: meadows, fields, forest, heathland, reed l......

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Het Bildt
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Het Bildt

"Hier op `e wadden, wereld fan water en slik, won hij lând út see in weer en wyn, skep foor skep, monnikewerk". ("Here on the wadden, world of water and mud, he won land from see in weather and wind......

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Het eiland van Easterein
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Het eiland van Easterein

Westergo, the area west of the former Middelsee, is home to the oldest dikes in the Netherlands. The first dikes were laid around a single farm and the associated fields. From around 900, ring dikes w......

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Het Friese Haagje
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Het Friese Haagje

Heerenveen enjoys international fame for iceskating. Thialf was the second covered 400 meter track in the world and is still considered one of the fastest ice rinks in the world. In addition, Heerenve......

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Het Lauwersmeergebied
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Het Lauwersmeergebied

Familiar with the Lauwersmeer? No, then be certain to explore this area at least once by land or boat. The lake, with its many former gullies creates alternating areas of water, marsh, reed-lands, woo......

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In en rond Leeuwarden
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In en rond Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden: one of the Frisian Eleven Cities, starting and finishing place of the famous Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Ice skating Tour) and not for nothing more than 500 years the capital of Frieslan......

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Moederpolder Tzum en omgeving
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Moederpolder Tzum en omgeving

Westergo, the area west of the former Middelsee, is home to the oldest dikes in the Netherlands. The first dikes were laid around a single farm and the associated fields. From around 900, ring dikes w......

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Nieuwlanden
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Nieuwlanden

Most Elfstedentocht ice skaters will not be aware that the first part of the journey, from Leeuwarden to Sneek, will ride through an area that was still around sea around the year 1200: the Middelsee.......

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Noord Ferwerderadiel
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Noord Ferwerderadiel

In 2006 this area was the setting for an event that attracted worldwide attention. In the night from October 31 to November 1, in the outer dike area, more than 200 horses were trapped by the water du......

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Omgeving Bakkeveen
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Omgeving Bakkeveen

Between the sources of the Boorne and the Tsjonger, two rivers that drain the water of the Drents Plateau in a westerly direction, there is a varied landscape with forests, heaths, sand drifts, peat b......

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Omgeving Beetsterzwaag
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Omgeving Beetsterzwaag

Beesterzwaag became nationally known when the press discovered that the Lauswolt estate was the "secret" location for the discussions that eventually led to the Balkenende IV cabinet. The choice of th......

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Omgeving Bolsward
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Omgeving Bolsward

Around Bolsward is a beautiful area with a very interesting history. For many, this is Friesland to the fullest: breathtaking views, picturesque, tranquil villages with centuries-old churches on even ......

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Omgeving Drents-Friese Wold
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Omgeving Drents-Friese Wold

There will be few children from the northern provinces of the Netherlands who have never been there on a school trip: Appelscha. The name has an almost magical sound for many people from the North. Th......

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Omgeving Grou
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Omgeving Grou

"Heart of Friesland," Grou is often called. In a literal sense, there is in any case little to deny: the village is located approximately in the middle of the province. But also in a transferable sens......

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Omgeving Heegermeer en Brekken
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Omgeving Heegermeer en Brekken

The area to the west and north-west of Heeg is sometimes referred to as the ’Little Lakes area’. Here, surrounded by green meadows, there are fifteen lakes and pools that are connected to each oth......

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Omgeving Jorwert
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Omgeving Jorwert

Jorwert is of course famous for the wonderful book by Geert Mak, "Hoe God verdween uit Jorwert" (How God disappeared from Jorwert) Even if you have not read that book, the village is more than worth a......

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Omgeving Makkum - Workum
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Omgeving Makkum - Workum

Lovers of cultural history and traditional art can indulge in the beautiful coastal area between Makkum and Hindeloopen. The area is the birthplace of the famous Makkum pottery, the renowned Hindeloop......

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Op en rond de Afsluitdijk
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Op en rond de Afsluitdijk

For most, the Afsluitdijk is no more and no less than a convenient, fast connection between Friesland and North Holland. Only a few realize that the dike, constructed between 1927 and 1932, is one of ......

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Oud land en nieuw land
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Oud land en nieuw land

The Middelsee used to divide Friesland into two parts: Westergo and Oostergo. It was a sea inlet that passed Leeuwarden and then leaned towards Sneek and Bolsward. The funnel-shaped inlet is still cle......

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Princenhof en omgeving
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Princenhof en omgeving

between Leeuwarden and Drachten lies a very special part of Friesland. Here the "Friese Wouden" (Frisian Woodlands) merge into the "Lage Midden" (Lower center), the low-lying part of the province wher......

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Rond de Deelen
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Rond de Deelen

Nowhere in Friesland is former peat-mining activity so clearly visible in the landscape as in the area between Heerenveen and Akkrum. Here, in the so-called "Low center" of the province, lies the natu......

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Rond de Dokkumer Ee
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Rond de Dokkumer Ee

The Dokkumer Ee, which runs from Leeuwarden to Dokkum, consisted of two separate drainage streams long ago. The artificial, dug connection between the two streams is still recognizable in the straight......

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Rond de Fluessen
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Rond de Fluessen

The area around the Fluessen is first and foremost characterized by its enormous openness: a large, elongated lake lies amidst vast, low-lying farmlands with here and there a sand ridge that creates a......

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Rond de Grote Veenpolder
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Rond de Grote Veenpolder

The best kept secret of Friesland is probably to the area west of Wolvega: a beautiful area that is hardly known to the general public and which has helped to retain its authentic character. Vast peat......

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Rond de Langweerder Wielen
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Rond de Langweerder Wielen

The area around de Langweerder Wielen is an unique piece of Fryslan. Nowhere you will find such a small area with such a big landscape contrast: The space around it and the openness of the area with t......

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Rond de Lauwers
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Rond de Lauwers

Long ago the sea penetrated far into the North Frisian countryside via the Lauwers. Nowadays, only one river remains from that inlet of the sea, which forms part of the border between Friesland and Gr......

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Rond de Oosterschar
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Rond de Oosterschar

Rottum, Rotsterhaule, Rotstergaast, Rohel. They are not the most inviting names. Nevertheless, the area between Heerenveen and Lake Tjeukemeer is more than worth a visit. The vastness of the landscape......

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Rond het Bergumermeer
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Rond het Bergumermeer

Friesland at its best: that is what many people think of the area around the Bergumermeer. And although of course subjective, there is much to be said for that qualification. The area to the east and ......

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Rond het Dokkumer Grootdiep
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Rond het Dokkumer Grootdiep

The area east of Dokkum is one of the most interesting parts of Friesland in terms of landscape and cultural history. The sea clay area is characterized by panoramic views, seemingly randomly situated......

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Rond het Slotermeer
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Rond het Slotermeer

The Slotermeer somehow appeals to the imagination. It is one of the largest Frisian lakes, forms the backdrop for spectacular skûtsjesilen several times a year and is a unique part of the Elfstedento......

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Rond het Tjeukemeer
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Rond het Tjeukemeer

"Netherlands polder lands": if that expression is applicable anywhere, then it is in the area south and west of Lake Tjeukemeer. The Lemster Polders, the Veenpolder van Echten, the Veenpolder van Delf......

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Schiermonnikoog
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Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog has the widest beach in Europe. At the eastern tip of the island, the beach fans out into an enormous sand flat. Utter silence surrounds you.

Because of its importance as a nature s......

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Schoterland
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Schoterland

The name of this region is derived from the former municipality with the same name, of which this area roughly formed the eastern half. Schoterland was also the name of one of the constituencies in Fr......

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Sneek en de Lege Geaën
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Sneek en de Lege Geaën

Sneek hardly needs an introduction: it is one of the "Friese Elfsteden" (Frisian Eleven Cities) and undoubtedly the water sports center of the province. Highlights of the water sports season are the f......

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Ten noorden en oosten van Franeker
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Ten noorden en oosten van Franeker

This area is the backdrop for the first part of the most infamous route of the Elfstedentocht, the stretch from Franeker to Dokkum. The famous ice skating route takes you past Dongjum, Boer and Ried, ......

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Ten Noorden van Dokkum
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Ten Noorden van Dokkum

North of Dokkum is a beautiful and largely undiscovered area. The landscape is characterized by beautiful views, picturesque mound villages, ancient churches, different types of windmills, stately far......

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Ten zuiden van de Lende
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Ten zuiden van de Lende

The southern border region of Friesland is an area full of variety: open grass and farmland, wooded banks, forest, heathland, swamp, and water. The varied landscape goes hand in hand with rich nature ......

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Terschelling
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Terschelling

Terschelling, the largest Frisian Island, has something for everyone: endless cycling and hiking through the dunes or going out to enjoy one of the local restaurants, bars or cafés. Each village has ......

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Top en Twel en de Lege Wâlden
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Top en Twel en de Lege Wâlden

In this beautiful area you will find a lot, yes indeed, a lot of water, in addition to the Snitsermar itself, the countless waterways, canals, and pools around it. So in the first instance it is a par......

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Trynwâlden
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Trynwâlden

To the northeast and east of Leeuwarden is a very special area. Hardly anywhere in the Netherlands can you see such different landscapes at such a short distance from each other. Forests, reed swamps,......

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Tussen Lende en Tsjonger
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Tussen Lende en Tsjonger

It is often said that Friesland actually ends at the Tsjonger river: to the south of it are the Stellingwerven, an area with its own character and culture. Here one does not speak Frisian but "Stellin......

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Van Veenklooster naar Veenwouden
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Van Veenklooster naar Veenwouden

The region between Veenklooster and Veenwouden is a unique part of Friesland. Nowhere in the province can you find so many village and regional names in such a small area that refer to the (original) ......

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Vlieland
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Vlieland

Vlieland is an oasis of tranquillity. The smallest of the four Frisian Islands, it is the farthest from the mainland. To preserve this quietness and the island’s natural flora and fauna, no cars are......

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