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Villages Route| Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

45.0 km

Be surprised by the very authentic surrounding villages of the National Park De Alde Feanen. Each village has its own cultural history that is still clearly visible. With this route, you cycle through Eernewoude, Warten, Grou, Akkrum, Goengahuizen, De Veenhoop and Oudega. Get off for an art route or visit one of the churches or museums. With this route, you will experience a day full of pure nature and culture.

Eernewoude
The route starts in the cozy water sports village Eernewoude. In this village, there is a lot to do. Beautiful boat trips, rent a sup or walk along with the small boutiques at the end of this cycling route. 

Cultural tips Eernewoude: 

  • Spot the eel fisherman. Eerne…

Be surprised by the very authentic surrounding villages of the National Park De Alde Feanen. Each village has its own cultural history that is still clearly visible. With this route, you cycle through Eernewoude, Warten, Grou, Akkrum, Goengahuizen, De Veenhoop and Oudega. Get off for an art route or visit one of the churches or museums. With this route, you will experience a day full of pure nature and culture.

Eernewoude
The route starts in the cozy water sports village Eernewoude. In this village, there is a lot to do. Beautiful boat trips, rent a sup or walk along with the small boutiques at the end of this cycling route. 

Cultural tips Eernewoude: 

  • Spot the eel fisherman. Eernewoude used to be mainly a village of fishermen, skippers, farmers and reed cutters. The image of the ielfisker reminds of the Earnewâldster ancestors. Ielfisker' is Frisian for eel fisherman. The statue is made of lava stone and can be found on the north side of the harbor. 
  • Make a selfie with the otter
  • Visit the church. The Reformed Church was built in 1906. The church has a very special pulpit in the shape of the bow of a skûtsje. Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1794, with a pulpit from 1699. In it the coat of arms of Earnewâld, an eagle with two heads, is carved. The starting times of the services are indicated at the entrance.
  • Rider statue. Earnewâld is in a real ice skating village, the sheltered watery environment lends itself in winter to ice skating on natural ice. Earnewâld often has the scoop when it comes to organizing tours on natural ice and when the ice is strong enough the village organizes one of the natural ice classics. In honor of this, there is the Riders statue. Riders' is Frisian for skaters. With three winners of the natural ice classic the "100 fan Earnewald" skating one after the other, this work of art floats on the water opposite the harbor.

Warten
Warten used to be only accessible by water. Only in 1953 the road to Grou was completed. Transportation, therefore, took place by the water. This is why shipbuilding is well represented in the village. Where formerly skouwen and skûtsjes were built, modern seagoing ships are now being built. Warten is now also called the gateway to the national park De Alde Feanen and that is not for nothing. There was and is a natural relationship between De Alde Feanen and Warten which is visible in the museum.

Cultural tip Warten:

  • A beautiful museum in a beautiful part of the village that can almost entirely be called museum and therefore worth a visit.
  • The museum Warten tells the story of survival in an environment of reed, peat, grassland and water. The museum wants to show how in the past the people of Central Friesland in general but those of Warten, in particular, fought a permanent battle against the water and the elements. 
  • Are you hungry now? On the waterfront terrace, you can enjoy delicious dishes. Cheers!
  • Hidden among the trees, surrounded by meadows, is halfway between Grou and Warten the Mineralogical Museum. The large barn of an old farmhouse has been converted into a museum.

Grou
This village is also known for its many water sports opportunities. Step in between on a sup to discover this unique area from the water. What you certainly should not skip are the no less than 45 national monuments in and around Grou.
Of these, 26 can be found directly in the center (you can find a booklet 'Paad troch Grou' in the Tourist Information Point).

Cultural tips Grou:

  • Museum deer fan Fryslan
  • Walk past art in the public space of Grou with the free app developed by the municipality of Leeuwarden, which includes Grou, in collaboration with Kunstwacht. The app contains itineraries and background information about 13 Grouster artworks and their creators.


Akkrum
In the village of Akkrum you will find cozy terraces by the water for a snack or a drink. And for shoppers you have very nice boutiques here.

Cultural tips Akkrum:

  • Bike especially along these two beautiful places
  • Coopersburg with mausoleum
  • Baptist Church

Goengahuizen
Goëngahuizen is a remarkable place of mills. There are three wooden spider head mills from the 19th century. They are mills with pyramid-shaped and pan covered hulls and they are equipped with mortars. All three have a name: Jansmolen, De Modderige Bol and het Heechhiem. They were restored in 1990, 1992/'93 and 1995 and are owned and managed by the De Fryske Mole Foundation.

Oudega
In Oudega you will find a beautiful Rest Point Brêgeham. Drink a cup of coffee here in a cozy place with a beautiful view to continue your journey. Also here are canoes waiting for you if you want to go a little bit from the water.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Koaidyk 8 a
9264 TP Eernewoude
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Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen
Koaidyk 8 a
9264 TP Earnewâld
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Toeristenbureau Earnewâld

Toeristenbureau Earnewâld
P. Miedemaweg 9 .
9264 TJ Earnewâld
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Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)

Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)
Eernewoude
Aan de ene kant van de pont staat Hin en Wer (Fries), aan de andere Heen en Weer
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Beeld schaatsers 'Marathonriders'

Beeld schaatsers 'Marathonriders'
Op het water, tegenover de haven
9264 TM Earnewâld
38 39
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Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld

Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld
De Stripe 12
9264TX Earnewâld
40 41 37 36 35
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Veerpont Zonnepont De Oerhaal (Eernewoude)

Veerpont Zonnepont De Oerhaal (Eernewoude)
Eernewoude
De Oerhaal op de Lange Sloot met op de achtergrond het kerkje van Warten
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Museum Warten

Museum Warten
Museum Warten
Hellingpad 3
9003 LM Warten
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De Kok en de Walvis

De Kok en de Walvis
Hoofdstraat 31
9003 LC Warten
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Mineralogisch Museum

Mineralogisch Museum
Leechlân 22
9001 ZH Grou
10

Molen Tjasker

Molen Tjasker
53.120747, 5.845353
9001ZH Grou
31 30
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Water Sports ANJA

Water Sports ANJA
Meersweg 9 a
9001BG Grou
45 29 28 20 21 22
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Feather Down Hoeve Meskenwier

Feather Down Hoeve Meskenwier
Meskenwier 2
8491 MN Akkrum
92 92 42 63 44 48 49
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TOP De Veenhoop

TOP De Veenhoop
Kraenlânswei 1
9215 VZ De Veenhoop
TOP De Veenhoop
14

Kraanlannen Nature Reserve

Kraanlannen Nature Reserve
Kraanlannen
Kraenlânswei 1
9215 VZ De Veenhoop
Kraanlannen
12
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Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)

Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)
Veenhoop
Op de pont stappen aan de kant van Hooidammen
06
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Brêgeham

Brêgeham
Headammen 2
9216 XP Oudega
14 16
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Camping It Wiid

Camping It Wiid
Koaidyk 10
9264 TP Earnewâld
End point: Koaidyk 8 a
9264 TP Eernewoude

Directions

Starting point: Koaidyk 8 a
9264 TP Eernewoude
  • Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld
    Old shipbuilding crafts such as forging and sail making are highlighted. Hundreds of parts of skûtsjes (Frisian boats) and tools are attractively arranged. Want to see it all for yourself?
  • Activity farm and Restaurant De Wartenster
    The perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the space in a rural setting. Very kid-proof because you can completely recharge here while the children have loads of fun in the playground.
  • 3 Museum Warten
    The story of survival in lowland between water, reeds and peatbogs in It Earmhûs and National Monument the Old Frisian Greid Farm.
  • De Kok en de Walvis
    In the middle of the picturesque village of Warten, next to the bridge, lies the cosy eatery 'De Kok & de Walvis'. A fantastic spot for lunch, drinks and dinner.
  • Mineralogical Museum
    Hidden among the trees, surrounded by meadows, the Mineralogical Museum is located halfway along the road between Grou and Warten. The large barn of an old farmhouse has been converted into a museum.
  •  Museum 't Hert Fan Fryslan
    Museum Hert fan Fryslân is located in the traditional Frisian village of Grou, in the heart of Friesland. You can see exhibitions on various interesting typical Frisian or Grouster themes, such as Water, the Halbertsmas and Sint Piter (Saint Peter).
  • Tourist Office Earnewâld
    Welcome to Earnewâld, a charming water sports village and bustling green wetland paradise that’s surprisingly versatile and centrally located in the De Alde Feanen National Park, with activities for young and old alike. The surrounding area is ideal for cycling, boating and hiking trips. We’re happy to talk about everything we have to offer.
  • Hotel Restaurant Princenhof
    On the outskirts of the village of Earnewâld, right in the heart of Friesland, lies Hotel Restaurant Princenhof. Have a delicious meal and a pastry while enjoying a dazzling view.
End point: Koaidyk 8 a
9264 TP Eernewoude
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