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Eleven Cities in Friesland

Fryslân has a total of eleven cities as shown below. You might heard of the "11-cities" because of the world famous ice skating contest which had its first edition in 1909. Since then a total of 15 "Elfstedentochten" were organised. The final one in 1997. Ever since Fryslân is anxious when the next one will happen!

Nevertheless, all of the eleven cities in Fryslân have a rich past and cultural heritage. One by one worth a visit.

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Bolsward

Bolsward is more than worth a visit! This magnificent city possessed during the Middle Ages a direct connection with the Middelsee and the Zuiderzee and was one of the two Frisian Hanseatic cities. Th...

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Dokkum

Dokkum is the northernmost town in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in the eleven cities, 'the Elfsteden”. Most of the time the city is brought in connection with Boniface, who was murdere...

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Franeker

Franeker, the star of the 'Elfsteden'. We welcome you to the city in which the second university of the Netherlands was built in 1585. Even though the university is closed nowadays, it certa...

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Harlingen

Harlingen is said to be the most beautiful city of the Frisian Elfsteden. Of course, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but Harlingen has something unique to offer: the distinctive flair of a rea...

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Hindeloopen

Hindeloopen is a remarkable city and thanks its richness to seafaring. However, the city did not have a harbour. The settlement became a city due to the mercantile marine for especially the traders fr...

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IJlst

This Frisian city is a perfect hideaway for all those boaters who want to escape from the busy canals and lakes of Sneek. Ijlst has a very idyllic atmosphere which enables visitors to relax and theref...

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Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden, start and end point of the Elfsteden-tour, holds many surprises for its visitors because it is not in vain since 1500, the capital of Friesland. Leeuwarden is also a city with a long and r...

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Sloten

Sloten, the star of the Frisian Elfsteden. Out of all the Frisian Elfsteden, Sloten is preserved best, which makes it the most authentic city of Friesland. It actually gives you the feeling of travell...

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Sneek

Sneek, is the most famous city within the eleven Frisian cities. This degree of popularity is due to its characteristic “waterpoort”, in translation “watergate”. The city is also famous for th...

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Stavoren

Welcome to Stavoren, the oldest and maybe the most interesting city of the Frisian Elfsteden. More than 1000 years ago, Stavoren was a rich and prosperous city, but in 991 it was sacked by the Normans...

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Workum

Workum might be more known as the city of Jopie Huisman and the museum which is named after him, than as one of the Frisian eleven cities. Workum has an outspoken artistic and cultural climate which i...

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