Day 1: Royal City Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden is a city of the Royal Family. From 1584 until their departure to the Hague in 1747, the governor of Nassau-Dietz, lived in Leeuwarden. Start your tour at the style rooms of Mary Louise van Hessen Kassel, the ancestress of the Dutch royal family. Thereafter, follow the trail of the Orange-Nassaus through Leeuwarden. Famous buildings were designed and either built or rebuilt for the governor, gardens were realized for summer walks. Follow their traces from the workplace to the gardens, and to their final resting place.
Day 2: Frisian Castles and Gardens
The country-side of Leeuwarden is a wide open landscape. The birds and flowers in this area are numerous. Visit two unique Frisian Cultural historic states Dekemastate and Martenastate, and the related estates. The naturalist guide explains the evolution of stinzen flora, the unique floral wealth in these estates. Friesland is proud of its churches, the Church of Britsum is very special and definitely worth visiting. This church and the interior dates from the 13th century and is located on the Frisian route of Camino de Santiago. Here you can enjoy a Frisian picnic and a high-tea. You will pay a visit to a unique flowery museum-home which is located in Birdaard next to the water the Dockummer EE. We will also visit the Ruurd Wiersma house. This naïve painter Ruurd Wiersma made his living room into a large colorful panorama. Walls, ceiling, furniture… nothing in the house escaped his brush. Thereafter, you will visit the still working and unique corn-flour mill in Birdaard. We continue our journey and will see the highest mound of Friesland Hegebeintum before we end our day at the mound village Marrum. This unique area is listed as the Wadden Area on the Unesco World Heritage list.
We will spend our morning on the water with a barge in Leeuwarden through the beautiful nature reserve De Potmarge, this is a national monument and is known for the beautiful flowers. A biologist that will tak about the unique plants in this area will be on board.
Castles and Gardens Tour Highlights
A guide to Leeuwarden
These enthusiastic guides know the hidden spots of the city and tell you all about the history, but they also know the nicest shops and most beautiful graffiti.
Contact: Henk Leutscher
T: 0615314728 email@example.com
Ruurd Wiersma House
Beautiful museum of naive art.
T: +31 -519-33 2575
Princessehof Museum of Ceramics
This museum has the largest and most varied collection of Cinese porcelain in Holland and is world famous for the Asian, European and modern ceramics collections.
Mill ‘The Swallow Burdaard'
Corn-, Peel- and Sawmill.
T: + 31 519-332310
WE are GRUTSK
Authentic Frisian events. For parties WEareGRUTSK arranges half day, daily or weekend programs.
Contact: Anna-Frouk Hoogsteen
T: + 31 6 465 566 33