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Drachten - Beetsterzwaag - Olterterp - Ureterp | Circular Walk 8 of the Bonifatius Kloosterpad Monastery Route

(27.2 km)

In 1936, six nuns from Den Bosch took up residence in a new Carmelite convent in Drachten. Here they lived in isolation from the outside world for more than half a century. After they left, the convent served as a venue for all kinds of events. However the building was recently sold and will now be converted into a care facility.

From Drachten, you follow hiking trails through a green corridor to the little Got…

In 1936, six nuns from Den Bosch took up residence in a new Carmelite convent in Drachten. Here they lived in isolation from the outside world for more than half a century. After they left, the convent served as a venue for all kinds of events. However the building was recently sold and will now be converted into a care facility.

From Drachten, you follow hiking trails through a green corridor to the little Gothic church in the village of Kortehemmen. Kleastertsjerke church is a little monastery church that was built long ago by the nearby monastery in what became the village of Smalle Ee. A sandy path running straight through the forest for just over a kilometre emerges onto Schuinpad road in Oud Beets. This medieval village has almost disappeared and been incorporated into the village of Beetsterzwaag, which became popular among the Frisian nobility from the 16th century onwards. They built the country houses you can see all around you.

In the village of Olterterp the route takes you past the St Hippolytus church built in 1500 and Het Witte Huis hotel and restaurant. From there, it leads through a beech forest and past several ponds to the hamlet of Heidehuizen. The views from the trail through the Keningsdjip river valley are breathtaking. At the end of a lane lined with wooded banks you come to Sint-Pieterskerk in the village of Ureterp. This simple yet majestic church was built in 1250.

You eventually arrive back in Drachten where in the centre you can see the church built in 1743 and further on Museum Dr8888. From 1937 to 1970 this was a monastery. The Franciscan friars who lived here came to Drachten because of falling numbers in the congregation. When the monastery closed, it was converted into a town hall and later became a museum.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
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Karmelklooster Drachten

Karmelklooster Drachten

Dit is het enige authentieke kloostergebouw dat Friesland nog kent. In 1993 vertrokken de laatste zusters en werd het gebouw in gebruik genomen als congreslocatie. Momenteel wordt het verbouwd tot een zorginstelling.

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Kloosterkerk en Klokkenstoel Kortehemmen

Kloosterkerk en Klokkenstoel Kortehemmen

Sober 13e eeuws kerkje dat zowat nog in de oorspronkelijke staat bewaard is gebleven. De Kleastertsjerke is prachtig gelegen in een bosrijke omgeving.

Kloosterkerk Kortehemmen
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Overtuin Lyndenstein

Overtuin Lyndenstein

De Overtuin van Lyndenstein ligt tegenover Revalidatie Friesland in Beetsterzwaag. Hier is van juni t/m september 2021 de tentoonstelling 'Van Lyndens Erfenis' te zien. Dit gratis toegankelijke park in Engelse landschapsstijl is zeker een bezoek waard.

Het Neptunusbeeld in de overtuin van Lyndenstein
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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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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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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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Museum Dr8888

Museum Dr8888

Museum Dr8888 is een museum voor moderne en hedendaagse kunst in Drachten. Aan de hand van een unieke collectie kunst- én cultuurhistorische werken worden verhalen verteld die niet vergeten mogen worden.

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End point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
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Directions

Starting point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
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Met gezicht naar Karmelklooster Drachten, rechtsaf, direct linksaf, weg gaat over in schelpenpad.

Op knoopunt 42 naar 68 - 71 - 72 richting 96, in bocht 100 meter doorlopen naar kerk Kortehemmen, vervolgens terug via de knooppunten 96 - 92 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 91 - 74 - 70 - 79 - 76 - 75 - 89 - 81 - 80 - 82    87 - 22 - 31 - 37 - 25 - 24 - 76 - 10 - 42 

End point: Burgemeester Wuiteweg
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