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Historical Walk: In the Footsteps of the Nobility

(11.0 km)

Have you ever wondered how aristocratic families once lived? Find out on this historical walk as Dutch journalist and television presenter Jort Kelder leads you through the picturesque little villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag and stops at several traditional country houses.

Jort: ‘On this historical walk I take you to the Frisian villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag. Both have a rich history. From the 18th century onwards, members of the Frisian nobility and their families lived in this area. I explain how these villages and their surroundings were richly influenced by these aristocratic families and their lucrative investments in the region. During this walk through ‘the other Friesland’ we stop at several country houses and see how members of the nobility once lived in the villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag.’

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Have you ever wondered how aristocratic families once lived? Find out on this historical walk as Dutch journalist and television presenter Jort Kelder leads you through the picturesque little villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag and stops at several traditional country houses.

Jort: ‘On this historical walk I take you to the Frisian villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag. Both have a rich history. From the 18th century onwards, members of the Frisian nobility and their families lived in this area. I explain how these villages and their surroundings were richly influenced by these aristocratic families and their lucrative investments in the region. During this walk through ‘the other Friesland’ we stop at several country houses and see how members of the nobility once lived in the villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag.’

Use the izi.TRAVEL app to listen to what Jort Kelder has to say at each point along the way. 

https://izi.travel/nl/2c91-in-noble-footsteps-with-jort-kelder/en

Sights on this route

Starting point: Het Witte Huis
Van Harinxmaweg 20
9246 TL Olterterp
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Alpherbosch & Large Pond

Alpherbosch & Large Pond

This unique place tells the story of Mr Ambrosius Also van Boelens. He built a forest at the end of the 18th century. Firstly, he builds the forest opposite his house so that he could relax on Sundays.

Grote vijver Olterterp
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The White Lake

The White Lake

Surrounded by forests you will find the White Lake. The name of this beautiful lake refers to the white sand layer at the bottom. Given the number of amphibians, frogs, and toads that live here, the White Lake is a beautiful area for animal lovers!

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Landgoed Lauswolt

Landgoed Lauswolt

Hidden in the beautiful forests of Beetsterzwaag lies the best kept secret of Friesland: five-star hotel Landgoed Lauswolt. In breathtaking surroundings we make sure that you will not be short of anything for a moment. Welcome to Landgoed Lauswolt

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Harinxmastate

Harinxmastate

The monumental building Harinxmastate is in the Frisian village of Beetsterzwaag. With a characteristic appearance, neo-classical style, and an English landscape garden, this building is one of the most beautiful buildings in Friesland.

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Lycklamahuis

Lycklamahuis

Built around 1825, this monumental building is located in the center of Beetsterzwaag and is without a doubt an imposing building. This building was commissioned by Catharina Johanna Aebinga from Humalda and usually only had one floor.

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Huize Lyndenstein

Huize Lyndenstein

Het statige Huize Lyndenstein in Beetsterzwaag is het huidige hoofdkantoor van Revalidatie Friesland. Het gebouw is niet open voor bezichtiging.

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Ons Huis (poorhouse)

Ons Huis (poorhouse)

The Armenhuis in Beetsterzwaard is a beautifully preserved house and was built around 1835. The house with a sad history is now used as a rehearsal room by music association Euterpe the name by the name'' Ons Huis ''.

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St. Hippolytuskerk Olterterp ((Church of Saint Hippolytus)

St. Hippolytuskerk Olterterp ((Church of Saint Hippolytus)

Romantic church with bell chair, located in the edge of the forest, near Beetsterzwaag, dates from 1500 with a tower from 1744. Belongs to the Alde Fryske Tsjerken Foundation, the church used as a concert hall, exhibition space and wedding/mourning place.

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End point: Het Witte Huis
Van Harinxmaweg 20
9246 TL Olterterp

Directions

Starting point: Het Witte Huis
Van Harinxmaweg 20
9246 TL Olterterp

The starting point of this walking tour starts at Hotel-restaurant 'Het Witte Huis'. From there you walk on a narrow road towards the Alpherbosch & Grote Vijver. Then you continue the route through the forest towards White Lake.

 This 11 km walking tour will bring you through the forest as well as through the center of Beetsterzwaag. All that walking requires good shoes. For a walking tour through the forest, we ask you to put on sturdy walking shoes. In bad weather, we recommend that you bring extra pair of wellies. Furthermore, the dirt routes through the forest are easy to walk. After a walking tour through the Hoofdstraat, you walk towards St. Hippolytuskerk Olterterp, this is also the last stop of this walking tour. Just like the start of this tour, you will walk largely through the forest. At the end of the walking tour, you will arrive at 'Het Witte Huis'.

End point: Het Witte Huis
Van Harinxmaweg 20
9246 TL Olterterp
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