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Eleven Villages Route - A cycling tour of Frisian villages

(171.0 km)

This beautiful 170-kilometre cycling route takes you to eleven of the 133 villages in southwest Friesland. All equally ‘smûk’ (the Frisian word for ‘welcoming’), quaint and recognisable from afar by their church towers. Some of the villages are tiny, others are like the smaller cities along the famous Elfstedentocht tour skating route. The village of Joure, for example, the birthplace of Douwe Egberts coffee and Pickwick tea, has a distinctly urban character. And the village of Terherne is unique in that it is essentially an island, completely surrounded by water. 

The Eleven Villages Route takes you to the villages of Balk, Woudsend, Heeg, Oudega (in the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân), Makkum, Koudum, Oudemirdum, Lemmer, Joure, Terherne and Langweer. Along the way, you get to enjoy spectacular views, scenic cycle paths and two ferry crossings. So, are you ready to visit eleven villages?

Sights on this route

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Balk (Balk)

Balk is een groot dorp met veel voorzieningen in Zuidwest Friesland, het is de hoofdplaats van Gaasterland en is gelegen aan de Elfstedenroute.

Ontdek Balk

Balk (Balk)
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Woudsend (Wâldsein)

Woudsend is a village nestled between Lake Heegermeer and Lake Slotermeer.

Ontdek Woudsend

Woudsend (Wâldsein)
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Heeg (Heech)

Heeg is a delightful destination for water sports enthusiasts.

Beleef Heeg

Heeg (Heech)
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Oudega

Oudega is a cozy village situated on the Oudegaaster Brekken.

Verken Oudega

Oudega
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Makkum

Makkum is een badplaats aan de IJsselmeerkust in Zuidwest Friesland, even ten zuiden van de Afsluitdijk.

Bezoek Makkum

Makkum wapen van makkum
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Koudum (Koudum)

Koudum is centraal gelegen in Zuidwest Friesland. Dit maakt het een ideale uitvalsbasis voor je volgende vakantie.

Ontdek Koudum

Koudum (Koudum)
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Oudemirdum

Oudemirdum is a charming village located amidst the forests of Southwest Friesland in the Gaasterland region.

Beleef Oudemirdum

Oudemirdum
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Lemmer (De Lemmer)

Lemmer is de ultieme combinatie van strand, gezelligheid en UNESCO Werelderfgoed

Verken Lemmer

Lemmer (De Lemmer)
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Joure (De Jouwer)

Joure is the village without city antics.

Bezoek Joure

Joure (De Jouwer)
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Terherne

Terherne is known as the Kameleon village and is an island in the Sneekermeer. On one side, you'll find the lake, and on the other side, the Terhernster ponds.

Beleef Terherne

Terherne
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Veerpont Rufus (Broek)

-Pontje kan ook op afspraak worden ingezet

Veerpont Rufus (Broek) De Rufus vaart naar de overkant
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Veerpont Woudfennen (Woudfennen)

Veerpont Woudfennen (Woudfennen) De pont halverwege de oversteek
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Langweer

Langweer is a true watersports destination. From this centrally located village in the Frisian lake area, you can sail in all directions.

Ontdek Langweer

Langweer
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Directions

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Start and end point
The directions start and end in Balk but you can start and end the route at any point. You follow the route by cycling from one junction of the cycle route network to the next in the order indicated by the numbers. 

Ferries
Please note! Always check that the ferries are running before you depart. 
If the Rufus passenger and bike ferry is not running, you can change the way. Go from junction 65 to 64 - 80 - 79 - 62. Here you can pick up the original route.
If the Woudfennen passenger and bike ferry in village of Boornzwaag is not running, you can extend the route by cycling from junction 84 to 82 - 83 - 57 - 55 - 56 - 58 - 92. Here you can pick up the original route.

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