The city of Workum is in the southwest corner of Friesland and is one of the oldest cities in the province. Workum has had city status since 1399 and is one of the Frisian eleven cities. A dug waterway, the Wymerts, linked the harbour with the Frisian inland lakes.
Workum has something for everyone, from Jopie Huisman to cosy terraces and from guild biers to natural values. You can enjoy the beautiful paintings from old iron and lamp merchant Jopie Huisman, but there is also a museum where you can get acquainted with Workum’s rich history. A walk through the old city centre is an attraction in itself; the many beautiful historical monuments and façades stand in rows next to each other. The nature surrounding the city is also definitely worth a visit. You can go on lovely nature walks and cycling trips along the Frisian IJsselmeer coast or through the small villages and hamlets in the area.
Freek de Jonge christened the museum as the Museum of Compassion. Even now, so many years after the painter’s death in 2000, the museum owes the continued enormous interest to the recognition of the philosophy expressed by Jopie, to the value and warmth of the human dimension.
Workum belongs to the best kitesurfing areas in Friesland. The conditions here are ideal and there is no shortage of kitesurfing schools. Windsurfers and other water sports lovers can also enjoy themselves in Workum.