Province of Friesland

What has been claimed for centuries is true: Friesland is different. Discover the uniqueness of this province. Explore the specialties Friesland has to offer: on the water with the wind in your hair and the sun in the sky; sailing on the numerous Frisian lakes. Friesland has many lakes and canals.  It is ideal for sailing, canoeing or other water sports.

 The region is ideally suited to explore by boat because it’s one of Europe’s largest areas of inland lakes.
Other than magnificant waterways, Friesland also offers amazing events on and around the water. These events are very nice to visit even if you do not like water sports. It is a pleasant experience along the beautiful routes, and enjoy delicious culinary delights. Regarding culinary experiences, Leeuwarden was the “Capital of Taste 2015”.

The province is famous of its speed skaters. When winters are cold enough to allow the freshwater canals to freeze hard, the province hold its traditional Elfstedentocht (Eleven cities tour), a 200-kilometre ice skating tour. However, it has been almost two decades since the winters have been cold enough for the canals to freeze enough to have this events.

The Dutch Wadden Sea Islands are the five pearls in the north of the Netherlands. You can literally leave everything behind you. Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog are easily accesible by boat. There, you can cycle endlessly through the dunes or walk along the beaches. The Wadden Sea is even on the Unesco World heritage list.
Did you know that Friesland has no fewer than four national parks? The Drents-Friese Wold National Park is best known for the Bald dunes, a unique sand dune area in the middle of the woods. At the Lauwersmeer National Park, you will experience the vastness, typical of the Frisian land. A plethora of cycling tracks and walking trails give you the opportunity to dive into nature.

The year of 2018 is going to be exciting; Leeuwarden has been named European Capital of Culture 2018.