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Villages Route| Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

2 hour 30 minutes (45.0 km)

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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 Eernew…

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

Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

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

Toeristenbureau Earnewâld

P. Miedemaweg 9 .
9264 TJ Earnewâld
Toeristenbureau Earnewâld

Het beeld van de schaatsers

Het beeld van de schaatsers
Op het water, tegenover de haven in het dorp nabij Wiidswei 18
9264 TM Earnewâld
Het beeld van de schaatsers
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Skûtsjemuseum

De Stripe 12
9264 TW Earnewâld
Skûtsjemuseum
40 41 37 36 35 33

Museum Warten

Hellingpad 3
9003 LM Warten
Museum Warten

De Kok en de Walvis

Hoofdstraat 31
9003 LC Warten
De Kok en de Walvis
32

Mineralogisch Museum

Leechlân 22
9001 ZH Grou
Mineralogisch Museum

Molen Tjasker

53.120747, 5.845353
9001ZH Grou
Molen Tjasker
31 30

Water Sports ANJA

Meersweg 9 a
9001BG Grou
Water Sports ANJA
45 29 28 20 21 22

Feather Down Hoeve Meskenwier

Meskenwier 2
8491 MN Akkrum
Feather Down Hoeve Meskenwier
92 92 42 63 44 48

Rustpunt It Lege Midden

Kobbewei 5
8497NJ Goëngahuizen
Rustpunt It Lege Midden
49

Kraanlannen

Kraanlannen
Kraenlânswei 1
9215 VZ De Veenhoop
Kraanlannen
Kraanlannen
12 06

Rustpunt Brêgeham

Headammen 2
9216XP Oudega
Rustpunt Brêgeham
14 16

Camping It Wiid

Koaidyk 10
9264 TP Earnewâld
Camping It Wiid
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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Attributes

  • Name of Administrator: This route has been made possible by the Interreg 5a program Wadden Agenda.
    The 'Wadden Agenda' project is carried out within the framework of the INTERREG program Germany-Netherlands and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development, as well as by the Provinces of Friesland and Groningen, supervised by the program management of the Eems Dollart Region (EDR).
  • Marked: Yes
  • Type of Route: Recreation
  • Route obstacles: On the road
  • Route characteristics: From A to A
  • ChildrenYes
  • AlternativeYes
  • GroupsYes
  • BusinessYes
  • FamiliesYes
  • Young peopleYes
  • PupilsYes
  • StudentsYes
  • AdultsYes
  • Senior citizensYes
  • E-bikeYes
  • Mountain bikeYes
  • Racing bikeYes
  • Tour bikeYes