Amsterdam Lake District Tours
Outside of Friesland, ‘staten en stinzen’ are also known as castles, country houses and estates. But what exactly were these castles or country estates? There were hundreds of terps in Friesland during the Middle Ages and each terp was topped with a castle: a stone tower with thick walls that provided protection for the terp dwellers. The remains of these castles can be found throughout Friesland. There is one completely intact castle tower remaining in Friesland, the Schierstins. On this page you will discover the castles and country estates of Friesland, the special buildings with beautiful natural surroundings.
Discover the many Castles and Country Estates of Friesland. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you visit these beautiful buildings. The country estates and castles are enormous and always lovely to see. Castles and country estates have been built in Friesland since the twelfth century when the wealthy population of the Netherlands started using stone in buildings. In turbulent times, the nobility could retreat to the castles that were often surrounded by moats or ramparts.