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Two-day driving tour: Waterworks

183.0 km

This two-day driving tour which is part of the ‘Flowing through Waterland’ story trail takes you to a number of the landmarks of Waterland van Friesland. Inspirational tips along the route will tempt you out of your car, to take a walk or visit an attraction. Autumn and winter are equally charming. It’s time to get acquainted with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a terp village, nature reserves, the only cliffs in the Netherlands and the Afsluitdijk, take a trip on a ferry boat and enjoy all the wide open landscape vistas along your route. Read the stories to discover how water is both friend and foe to the Frisian people. 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Woudagemaal Lemmer
Gemaalweg 1
8531 PS Lemmer
1

Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world

Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world
Gemaalweg 1
8531 PS Lemmer
2

Tsjûke and Marchje statue

Tsjûke and Marchje statue
Beeld Tsûke en Marchje
Hoofdweg 29
8537 SC Echten
3

Boulder in Rottum

Boulder in Rottum
Zwerfkei Rottum
Sydtakke 5
8461 LK Rottum
4

Frisian Maritime Museum

Frisian Maritime Museum
Fries Scheepvaart Museum Sneek
Kleinzand 16
8601BH Sneek
5

Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Houtzaagmolen de Rat
Sneekerpad 18
8651 NE IJlst
6

Stichting De Palingaak

Stichting De Palingaak
De Skatting 81
8621 BV Heeg
7

Ie-Akwadukt

Ie-Akwadukt
Ee Aquaduct Woudsend
Provinciale weg N 928
8551 PW Woudsend
8

Cliff at Oudemirdum

Cliff at Oudemirdum
De Dollen
8567 HP Oudemirdum
9

Red Cliff at Lake IJsselmeer

Red Cliff at Lake IJsselmeer
Skarl
8721 EX Warns
10

Little water level house (Peilschaalhuisje) at Hindeloopen

Little water level house (Peilschaalhuisje) at Hindeloopen
Peilschaalhuisje Hindeloopen
Dijkweg 1
8713 KD Hindeloopen
11

De Wolvetinte

De Wolvetinte
Wolvetinte
Skar 5
8724 LE It Heidenskip
12

Jaagpad Tjerkwerd

Jaagpad Tjerkwerd
Jaagpad Tjerkwerd
De Trekdyk
Tjerkwerd
13

Het Friese Museumdorp

Het Friese Museumdorp
Het Friese Museumdorp
Meerweg 4
8758 LC Allingawier
14

Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike

Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike
Pingjumerstraat
8748 BN Witmarsum
Pingjumer Gouden Halsband dijkje met wandelaar
15

Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO Werelderfgoed de Waddenzee bij Zurich
Caspar de Roblesdijk 1
8751 TH Zurich
16

Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre
Afsluitdijk 1 C
8752 TP Kornwerderzand
End point: Afsluitdijk Wadden Center
Afsluitdijk
8752 Kornwerderzand

Directions

Starting point: Woudagemaal Lemmer
Gemaalweg 1
8531 PS Lemmer

TR onto the N359. Follow the road for 3 km, under the A6 motorway. STR TO Oosterzee (Westeind). Through Oosterzee-Buren. At the T-junction, TR TO Echtenerbrug. In Echten, park at the church for a visit to Echten pumping station (cross the road, 400 m walk). In Echtenerbrug, TL TO Rottum. In Rottum, (at the road to the left towards Oudehaske/immediately after the 60km sign) TR and keep left on Oude Postweg. At the end (boulder), TL onto Sydkakke, at the crossroads STR onto Vogelzangweg.

At the end, TR onto Badweg. TL at the end. In Haskerhorne, TL at the church, onto Haulsterweg. After the long S-bend, TR. Follow the signs to Scharsterbrug. Approx. 2 km out of the village, TR TO Langweer. In Langweer, continue STR. Take the ferry over Langwarder Feart (€2.50 per car, no service on Thursdays from 10-12). At the end, TR TO Sneek Aldewei. In Sneek, continue STR, following signs to the Centrum. Immediately after the bridge, TL onto Bothniakade, TR at the end, take the first TR onto Kleinzand (Frisian Maritime Museum, Kleinzand 16). TL at the end, continue STR over the roundabout (keeping the canal to your right). Follow the Prins Hendrikkade. At the traffic lights, TL TO IJlst. At the Arriva train station in IJlst, TL. After the bridge, TL TO Hommerts. After the high bridge, TL to visit De Rat wood sawmill.

After a visit to the Frisian Maritime Museum or an evening tour on board the old eel fishing barge in Heeg, there are plenty of options to stay overnight in Waterland van Friesland. Search and book your hotel room, holiday home or Bed & Breakfast around Sneek, Woudsend or Heeg: www.waterlandvanfriesland.nl/en/visit/staying-overnight

Return to IJlst train station, TL. After Nijesyl, TL. On the outskirts of Heeg, TR. At the next roundabout, TL into Heeg. Follow signs for Centrum. TL onto Nyedijk. TL at the end (the Korneliske Ykes II old eel shipping barge is moored on the other side). Continue STR on over the bridge, leaving Heeg behind. TR at the end and continue STR on over the next roundabout TO Hommerts. In Hommerts, TR, following the signs to Balk. Woudsend aqueduct. At Balk, follow the signs for Bolsward over the first two roundabouts. On the N359, TL TO Ruigahuizen. At the end, TR onto Tsjerkhofleane. At the end, TL onto Nij Amerika. At the end, TR onto Beuckenswijkstraat. After Nijemirdum, take the 1st TL onto Sanfeartsdyk (becomes: Liemerige Wei). TL onto De Dollen. Oudemirdumerklif. TL at the end onto Marderhoek. In Oudemirdum, TL onto Jan Schotanuswei, then 1st TL TO Mirns Huningspaed (becomes: Murnserdyk). Mirnserklif. Carry on through Mirns. TL TO Roode Klif.

Follow the sea dike. In Stavoren, cross the bridge and continue STR onto Schans. With the bridge on your right-hand, TL, and TR at the end, TO the station. At the station, TR. In Molkwerum, pass the church and TL at the T-junction. TR at the end (Bocht fan Molkwar) and follow the sea dike. Continue STR through Hindeloopen. Park at the church for a visit to the Peilschaalhuisje (up the stone steps onto the sea dike, 200 m to the left). Now continue along this road to leave the city behind you. N359, cross over Kleine Wiske. After 3 km, TL onto Heidenskipsterdyk. Just over 2 km further, TR onto Skar. After 1 km, it’s time to park up for a visit to Wolvetinte (approx. 400 m walk). Return to the Heidenskipsterdyk. TR and follow the road through It Heidenskip TO Workum. Cross the railway, TR at the end (Eniggaburen, becomes Trekwei). Continue along this road. In Parrega, TR over the bridge and then TL TO Dedgum Ysgumerwei.

Drive through Dedgum and Arkum, TL TO Tjerkwerd (Jaagpad). At the end, TL over the bridge, and TR onto the N359. Pass under the viaduct, TL twice, TO Exmorra. In Exmorra, TL, through Allingawier terp village, follow the road TO Makkum. TR at the roundabout. In Witmarsum, TL. In Pingjum, TR at the end, and then TL, following signs to Zurich. On arriving in Zurich, you can park at Caspar de Roblesdijk 1, and climb the steps onto the sea dike for a beautiful view of the Wadden Sea. Turn around and leave Zurich the same way you arrived. After 1.5 km, TR onto the A7 motorway; leave it at Kornwerderzand junction, TL over the viaduct to the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center.

Key to symbols:

TR = turn right

TL = turn left

STR = continue straight on

TO = towards

Tjerkwerd = built-up area

Buren = street name

Finish: Afsluitdijk Wadden Center, Afsluitdijk 8752 Kornwerderzand

End point: Afsluitdijk Wadden Center
Afsluitdijk
8752 Kornwerderzand