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Walking route 11 fountains: Dokkum

40 minutes (2.8 km)

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About the city walk
Centuries ago, Dokkum was located directly by the sea, and thus a very important town for trading and defence. But over time, the direct connection with the sea silted up, and Dokkum lost its function as a coastal town. Nature and climate continue to influence this northernmost part of Friesland, but nowadays Dokkum is mainly known for being a surprisingly hip hidden gem. Shop in the many boutiques, have lunch on the waterfront... This 40-minute walk will take you past Dokkum’s natural highlights.

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About the Ice Fountain
The Ice Fountain is a plaything of the ele…

About the city walk
Centuries ago, Dokkum was located directly by the sea, and thus a very important town for trading and defence. But over time, the direct connection with the sea silted up, and Dokkum lost its function as a coastal town. Nature and climate continue to influence this northernmost part of Friesland, but nowadays Dokkum is mainly known for being a surprisingly hip hidden gem. Shop in the many boutiques, have lunch on the waterfront... This 40-minute walk will take you past Dokkum’s natural highlights.

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View the route in Google Maps

About the Ice Fountain
The Ice Fountain is a plaything of the elements and looks different every day. Ice draws patterns on the copper skin of the sculpture. The extent to which the fountain forms, or does not form, layers of ice depends on the sun, humidity, temperature, wind and precipitation. The energy for the Ice Fountain is generated by solar panels. The surrounding trees turn red in autumn. They refer to Boniface and his followers who were murdered in Dokkum. For an optimal shadow effect, the sculpture makes use of the natural, systematic arrangement of leaves around a centre point. The result of over 100 million years of evolution in the plant world.

Sights on this route

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11Fountains Dokkum

De Markt 28
9101 LS Dokkum
11Fountains Dokkum
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Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum

Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum
Markt 30 a
9101LS Dokkum
voorzijde
Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum
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Grote kerk of St-Martinuskerk

De Martk 2
9101 LS Dokkum
Grote Kerk Dokkum
Grote kerk of St-Martinuskerk
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Dokkumer bolwerken

9101 MG Dokkum
Dokkumer bolwerken
38
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Zeldenrust

Baantjebolwerk 3
9101 NH Dokkum
Zeldenrust
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De Hoop

Zuiderbolwerk 2
9101 NE Dokkum
De Hoop
31
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Dokkumer Admiraliteit

9101 LA Dokkum
Dokkumer Admiraliteit
14 39
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Sint-Bonifatiuskerk

Koningstraat 26
9101 LR Dokkum
Sint-Bonifatiuskerk
9

Trekschuit De Herinnering Dokkum

Diepswal 27
9101 LA Dokkum
Trekschuit De Herinnering Dokkum
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Museum Dokkum

Diepswal 27
9101 LA Dokkum
Museum Dokkum
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Bonifatius Brewery

Stadsbrouwerij Bonifatius
Diepswal 5
9101 LA Dokkum
Bonifatius Brewery
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Elfstedentocht Turning Point

Keerpunt Elfstedentocht
Vleesmarkt 1
9101 ML Dokkum
Doorlopers bankjes bij Keerpunt Dokkum
Elfstedentocht Turning Point
63
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St Boniface Chapel

Bronlaan 12
9101 VS Dokkum
St Boniface Chapel
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11Fountains Dokkum

De Markt 28
9101 LS Dokkum
11Fountains Dokkum

Directions

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11Fountains Dokkum

De Markt 28
9101 LS Dokkum
11Fountains Dokkum

City of seamanship and coastal defence

The organically formed Ice Fountain is unique in the world. Because of a combination of mist and freezing, the ‘fountain’ is always covered with a small layer of ice. Beautiful to see and exciting to touch. This is the starting point of the route through Dokkum.

After your visit to the fountain, walk past Hotel de Abdij and turn right at Eric’s Café, towards the fortifications of Dokkum: the Dokkumer Bolwerken. Walk along the water, surrounded by trees and picturesque houses. In the distance you can already see Zeldenrust, one of the two flourmills that adorn the bulwarks. Once you’ve arrived at the mill, don’t take the turn right away, but walk around this beautiful building. Continue your route along the water, on top of the bulwarks, to the second mill. These days, flourmill De Hoop houses a pet shop. Walk around the mill by following the narrow footpath around it.

Continue the route. Just before the bridge Woudpoortbrug, you will see one of the cannons that was used to defend Dokkum against siege. Coastal towns often had to deal with sieges, which were an unfortunate part of the sea trade.  You will encounter more impressive cannons during this route. This part of the bulwark takes you to the bridge Kettingbrug (chain bridge). A lovely pedestrian bridge, adorned with fragrant flowers. In the old days however, it smelled different here, as this is where the city gallows were erected. Pirates were hung here as a warning to the locals and visitors.

Continue northwards to explore the last part of the green bulwarks. Turn left at the Aalsumerpoort, towards the city. Follow the canal through the historic centre, past the gorgeous Waag (weigh house), which today houses a lunch cafe.

Continue straight ahead to reach Het Grootdiep. Don’t let yourself be tempted yet by the lovely café terraces on your left, but turn right first. Here you will find Museum Dokkum, which tells the history of Dokkum through archaeological finds, traditional Frisian clothing and Dokkum art. Across the water, you can see the centuries-old buildings of the Dokkum Admiralty, the organisation that used to protect the coast and fought pirates. The green barge is a historic towboat, that is also used for round trips.

Further along the water you will find the cosy terraces of the cafés that are housed in the old canal houses. In the summer this is a very lively place and during the Elfstedentocht, the Eleven Cities Ice Skating Tour, this is always the turning point of the skaters. On the other side of Het Grootdiep, you can often see ice cream lovers lining up in front of the ice-cream parlour. Turn right there and walk - with the water on your right - towards the Wortelhaven. All restaurants and cafés of Dokkum can be found here.

At the Wortelhaven, cross the tall white pedestrian bridge on your right. After you have crossed the bridge, take the first street on your left and then the first street on your right to arrive at the Ice Fountain. Your walk ends here!

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11Fountains Dokkum

De Markt 28
9101 LS Dokkum
11Fountains Dokkum
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