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The Fight for Equality

39.0 km

This cycling tour narrated by journalist Jort Kelder revisits the strongholds of socialism in Friesland. The leading character in this journey into the past is Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, who together with the socialists fought for ‘the land of freedom’.

This 39-kilometre cycling tour through the southeast corner of Friesland takes you back to the last two decades of the 19th century. Just prior to this there was an economic crisis in rural areas. This was partly due to the growing use of American wheat. At the same time coal was increasingly replacing peat as a fuel. Peat cutters and agricultural workers were hard hit financially. And they were already among the poorest in the land.

When Ferdinand Domela Nieuw…

This cycling tour narrated by journalist Jort Kelder revisits the strongholds of socialism in Friesland. The leading character in this journey into the past is Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, who together with the socialists fought for ‘the land of freedom’.

This 39-kilometre cycling tour through the southeast corner of Friesland takes you back to the last two decades of the 19th century. Just prior to this there was an economic crisis in rural areas. This was partly due to the growing use of American wheat. At the same time coal was increasingly replacing peat as a fuel. Peat cutters and agricultural workers were hard hit financially. And they were already among the poorest in the land.

When Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis travelled to Friesland and spoke in the villages, the peat cutters and agricultural workers saw him as their saviour. Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis attracted large crowds and incited a revolt, calling for a return to freedom. 

To listen to the remarkable stories Jort Kelder tells at each point along the way, use the izi.TRAVEL app.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis Museum
Minckelersstraat 11
8442 CE Heerenveen
1

Volksgebouw Aurora

Volksgebouw Aurora
Volkshuis Aurora
Burgemeester Falkenaweg 12
8442 DJ Heerenveen
2

Het Posthuis Theater

Het Posthuis Theater
Fok 78
8441BR Heerenveen
3

Korenmolen 'De Volharding'

Korenmolen 'De Volharding'
Het Meer
Heerenveen
Korenmolen de Volharding
4

Right To Vote Meeting in Het Meer

Right To Vote Meeting in Het Meer
Het Meer
Heerenveen
5

Former Peat Cutters Hut

Former Peat Cutters Hut
Jochem Alberdaweg
Jubbega
6

Koornbeurs Building

Koornbeurs Building
Brouwerswal 1
8401 CZ Gorredijk
7

Museum Opsterlân

Museum Opsterlân
Hoofdstraat 59
8401BW Gorredijk
8

Hegedyk

Hegedyk
Hegedyk
Hegedyk
Gorredijk
9

Kerk & Kroeg van Langezwaag

Kerk & Kroeg van Langezwaag
Kerk & Kroeg Langezwaag
Het Hou 9
8404 GH Langezwaag
10

Meyerweg bij de Knipe

Meyerweg bij de Knipe
Meyerweg bij de Knipe
Meyerweg
De Knipe
11

Museam Belvédere

Museam Belvédere
Museum Belvédère
Oranje Nassaulaan 12
8448MT Heerenveen
End point: Museum Heerenveen
Minckelersstraat 11
8442 CE Heerenveen

Directions

Starting point: Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis Museum
Minckelersstraat 11
8442 CE Heerenveen

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End point: Museum Heerenveen
Minckelersstraat 11
8442 CE Heerenveen