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Stavoren: kleurrijke zeestad

Surrounded by water from the IJssellake makes it impossible to go around Stavoren.Without a boat that is. Just like all other Frisian cities along the former Zuidersea, commerce played a large role. But the appearance of this city can certainly be called non-Frisian. It's like you are in Copenhagen when you walk along the harbour and look across the sea.

Ten tips in Stavoren

Block box, Colours and Grain

The invisable Blokhuis

Much of history has become invisible, hidden under the ground. This fate also struck the Blokhuis. Around 1530, Karel V had to keep the Frisians under control and he build the Blokhuis, a stronghold that held its ground until 1580, after which it was merged with the city walls. The foundations of the stronghold were discovered in 1996 and on that spot you will find a homeage in modern materials to this piece of lost history.

Copenhagen in Friesland

Next to the harbour with view on all ships that come and go, what a place to live! These colorful houses are probably the most photographed things in Stavoren. We must admit ourselves, this view gives you the feeling that you really are on vacation! The screeching seagulls, the smell of the sea and the light that shines on the facades on these houses. What else would you need?

Not worth a dime

The story of a ring reemerging in the fish comes back in countless folkloresacross the world. The legend of the lady of Stavoren is one of them. The rich lady was not satisfied with what she had and sent a skipper with the task to return with whatever riches he couldfind. She looked down on the goldyellow grain that he brought back. Angry, she threw the golden ring from her finger into the sea. "When I ever find this ring again, I will fall into mendicancy", she said. On one day she found her own golden ring in the freshly caught fish she had for dinner. Fate brought her poverty and she died from hunger, begging for a bit of grain.

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