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(183.0 km)

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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

Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world

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

Tsjûke and Marchje statue

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

Boulder in Rottum

Zwerfkei Rottum
Sydtakke 5
8461 LK Rottum
Boulder in Rottum

Pont Langweerder Vaart

Pontdyk 40
8525 GG Langweer
Pont Langweerder Vaart

Frisian Maritime Museum

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

Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Sneekerpad 18
8651 NE IJlst
Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Stichting De Palingaak

De Skatting 81
8621BV Heeg
Stichting De Palingaak

Ee Aquaduct

Ee Aquaduct Woudsend
Provinciale weg N928
8551 PW Woudsend
Ee Aquaduct

Cliff at Oudemirdum

De Dollen
8567 HP Oudemirdum
Cliff at Oudemirdum

Red Cliff at Lake IJsselmeer

Skarl
8721 EX Warns
Red Cliff at Lake IJsselmeer

Bocht fan Molkwar

Bocht van Molkwar
Noorderdyk
Hindeloopen
Bocht fan Molkwar

Little water level house (Peilschaalhuisje) at Hindeloopen

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

De Wolvetinte

Wolvetinte
Skar 5
8724 LE It Heidenskip
De Wolvetinte

Jaagpad Tjerkwerd

Jaagpad Tjerkwerd
De Trekdyk
Tjerkwerd
Jaagpad Tjerkwerd

Het Friese Museumdorp

Het Friese Museumdorp
Meerweg 4
8758 LC Allingawier
Het Friese Museumdorp

Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike

Pingjumer Gulden Halsband
Pingjumerstraat
8748 Witmarsum
Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike

Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

Afsluitdijk 1 C
8752 TP Kornwerderzand
Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre
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