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Section 4: Dokkum - Sneek | Eleven Cities Bicycle Route

50.0 km

From the north to the centre. From Dokkum you cycle down to the capital city of Leeuwarden and from there to Sneek, the midpoint of the route.

There are usually headwinds along this section of the route. But don’t let that spoil it for you! Today you get to discover all kinds of lovely little places. You cycle down to Leeuwarden along the Dokkumer Ee canal. On your way through Bartlehiem you pass the famous little bridge. In Burdaard you pass the statue of Maarten van der Weijden, who swam the entire length of the Elfstedentocht for charity, and at Gytsjerk you get to see the ‘It Sil Heve’ tile bridge. 

The last time skaters started …

From the north to the centre. From Dokkum you cycle down to the capital city of Leeuwarden and from there to Sneek, the midpoint of the route.

There are usually headwinds along this section of the route. But don’t let that spoil it for you! Today you get to discover all kinds of lovely little places. You cycle down to Leeuwarden along the Dokkumer Ee canal. On your way through Bartlehiem you pass the famous little bridge. In Burdaard you pass the statue of Maarten van der Weijden, who swam the entire length of the Elfstedentocht for charity, and at Gytsjerk you get to see the ‘It Sil Heve’ tile bridge. 

The last time skaters started and finished the Elfstedentocht in Leeuwarden was in 1997. We all hope that one day there will be another Elfstedentocht! But even if it is not cold enough to skate, there is always plenty to see in the historic centre of Leeuwarden. 

Then time to head back to Sneek along the Zwette canal. This stretch leads you through some charming little villages. Be sure to take in the panoramic views. 

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.

If all goes according to plan, at the end of this section of the route congratulations are in order. You have completed the circuit of Friesland’s eleven cities!

Sights on this route

Starting point: Eelaan
9101 Dokkum
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Dokkum (Dokkum)

Dokkum (Dokkum)
9101 LS Dokkum
Dokkum kerk en fontein
73 1 30 25 24 80 23 12
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Kunstwerk 'Maarten van der Weijden - op handen gedragen'

Kunstwerk 'Maarten van der Weijden - op handen gedragen'
Naast de jachthaven aan het water
Hikkaarderdyk 37
9111 HR Burdaard
Beeld Maarten van de Weijden Elfstedentocht
10 11
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Bartlehiem Bridge - Elfstedentocht

Bartlehiem Bridge - Elfstedentocht
Einde van de Zuidermiedweg
Bartlehiem 61
9178 GH Wânswert
09 12 36 04 22
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Elfstedenmonument Tegeltjesbrug Gytsjerk

Elfstedenmonument Tegeltjesbrug Gytsjerk
Weg tussen Gytsjerk en Miedum
Canterlandswei
Gytsjerk
Elfstedenmonument Tegeltjesbrug Gytsjerk It sil heve
24 85 64 63 17
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Leeuwarden (Ljouwert)

Leeuwarden (Ljouwert)
8911 AE Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden fontein
99 31 58 56 61 41 73 13 89 62 16 80 51
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Sneek (Snits)

Sneek (Snits)
8601 AE Sneek
Waterpoort Sneek
End point: Grote Kerkstraat 10
8601 ED Sneek
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