Stavoren is the city on the IJsselmeer It’s surrounded on three sides by the IJsselmeer. Staveren used to be the official name of what is now Stavoren. The city is in Southwest Friesland and was the first Dutch municipality to receive city rights. The city has a direct link to the Frisian Lakes, and was once an independent municipality but this is no longer the case. The Stadhuis van Stavoren (the old city hall) took on a different function, but it’s still possible to get married there.