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Eleven Frisian Cities

A February 2001 trip to Friesland by cls223

Harlingen Photo, Friesland, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: In prior trips to the Netherlands, I'd always wanted to visit the northern province of Friesland, along this coast.

Eleven Frisian Cities

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Overview

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The 11 cities of Friesland - Harlingen, Franeker, Leeuwarden, Dokkum, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, and Bolsward - all started out as settlements near open waters. Stavoren was said to be founded as early as 313 BC, while Harlingen is alledged to have been founded in the 9th century by Vikings. Each of these cities has its own unique character and picturesque charm. If you only have one day, pick several that interest you and you can see them in a day trip from Amsterdam. If you want to see them all, perhaps you might wish to take a train from Amsterdam to Leeuwarden and make it a base.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: If you have only one day, you will ...Read More

Harlingen

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Attraction | "Harlingen (one of Friesland's 11 cities)"

Harlingen Photo, Friesland, Netherlands
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Harlingen's history goes back at least to 1234. Traces of trade with England, Denmark and Baltic Sea countries demonstrate that is was prosperous, and the relics of this prosperity can be seen in the town center today. At the end of the 18th century, there was a depression. Today if you walk through the town center, you can see old ships in the harbor, quaint shops and restaurants, and beautiful old Dutch buildings. NOTE: Friesland has its own language, which is distinctly different from Dutch. It is a Germanic language belonging to the same family of languages as Dutch, German, and English. Road signs will be in Dutch and Frisian. Most, if not all, people will speak Dutch as well, and there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Harlingen
Walk through town's center
Friesland, Netherlands

Bolsward

Attraction | "Bolsward (one of Friesland's 11 cities)"

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Bolsward is a typical Frisian country town. If you go, be sure to see the magnificent Stadhuis (town hall), which dates from 1613. The Martinkerk dates from the 15th century. Also, if you want to visit the smallest brewery in Holland, it's here in Bolsward! The VVV, or Tourist Information, is located at Marktplein 1.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Bolsward
Bolsward city center
Friesland, Netherlands

Franeker

Attraction | "Franeker (one of Friesland's 11 cities)"

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With only a day for the trip to Friesland, we didn't really stop long, but did meander a bit through the streets in the town center, which is one of the oldest in Friesland. Sections of old forts, a castle, and sections of the ramparts are still recognizable today. The VVV, or Tourist Office, is located at Voorstraat 49-51.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Franeker
Franeker
Friesland, Netherlands

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