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Section 3: Harlingen - Dokkum | Eleven Cities Bicycle Route

75.0 km

This section of the Eleven Cities bicycle route takes you through three of Friesland’s eleven cities: Harlingen, Franeker and Dokkum. These northern cities

are all quite large by Frisian standards: you will find plenty of shops, small terraces, museums and much more. 

Yet they are different in nature. Harlingen is a real port city, Franeker was once a university city and Dokkum is actually a place of pilgrimage.  

You cycle from cycling junction to cycling junction, past charming little towns and villages separated by vast stretches of countryside. You also cycle along part of the Wadden Sea dike.

Along the way you will see the new signs for the Elfstedentocht bicycle route. If you are cycling the route in the clockwise direction, follow the green signs. If you are cycling the route in the anticlockwise direction, follow the blue signs.

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This section of the Eleven Cities bicycle route takes you through three of Friesland’s eleven cities: Harlingen, Franeker and Dokkum. These northern cities

are all quite large by Frisian standards: you will find plenty of shops, small terraces, museums and much more. 

Yet they are different in nature. Harlingen is a real port city, Franeker was once a university city and Dokkum is actually a place of pilgrimage.  

You cycle from cycling junction to cycling junction, past charming little towns and villages separated by vast stretches of countryside. You also cycle along part of the Wadden Sea dike.

Along the way you will see the new signs for the Elfstedentocht bicycle route. If you are cycling the route in the clockwise direction, follow the green signs. If you are cycling the route in the anticlockwise direction, follow the blue signs.

This section of the route also takes you through Het Bildt, where the fertile clay soil of the reclaimed land in this part of Friesland produces an abundant variety of potatoes. The long dikes wind their way past monumental farmhouses and simple workers’ cottages.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Tuinsteeg
8861 BG Harlingen
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Harlingen (Harns)

Harlingen (Harns)
8862 PK Harlingen
Harlingen stad
54 18 16 15
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Franeker (Frentsjer)

Franeker (Frentsjer)
8801 LZ Franeker
Franeker
12 45 97 88 41 81 63 65 44 17 53 04 03 90 34 13 75 76 18 19 26 27 29 32 40 41 73 1
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Elfstedentocht Turning Point

Elfstedentocht Turning Point
Vleesmarkt 1
9101 ML Dokkum
Doorlopers bankjes bij Keerpunt Dokkum
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Dokkum (Dokkum)

Dokkum (Dokkum)
9101 LS Dokkum
Dokkum kerk en fontein
End point: N910
9101 Dokkum
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