The Eleven Cities Tour

Visiting all eleven cities is truly experiencing Friesland. These charming historic towns are connected by water and the 200 km route can be explored by walking, cycling, sailing or by car. The traces of the rich trading history and former seafaring are evident in the eleven Frisian cities.

Day 1: Arrival in Leeuwarden

Day 2: Leeuwarden
City-walk with local guide, ending with a tour of the Frisian Museum.

Day 3: Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen and Workum
City-walk through water-city Sneek. In IJlst, we will visit the Sawmill, and in picturesque Sloten, we will stop to take pictures. After lunch we will go to Hindeloopen, known for its typical painting. In Workum we will visit the Jopie Huisman museum.

Day 4: Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker and Dokkum
In Bolsward we see the exceptionally restored Broere-Church. In Harlingen we walk through the historical centre and visit a pottery and tile factory. In Franeker we visit the Eise Eisinga Planetarium. After lunch we go to Dokkum to see the Bonifatius Chapel amongst other sights. In the afternoon we take a sightseeing boat trip with an original canal boat.

Day 5: Return home
Before we leave, we will make one final photo stop at the Elfsteden Monument (The Eleven Cities Monument). Ice-skaters that once completed the Eleven City Tour are immortalized here on a tile.

Currently, a special project is being created to be part of Cultural Capital: a new art-route along the Frisian Eleven Cities. Eleven fountains are being designed by international renowned artists.

     

   

 

The Eleven Cities Tour Highlights

Bonifatius Dokkum

In 754 Bonifatius was killed in Dokkum. Visit the Bonifatiuskapel, his statue and the Bonifatius well.

T: 06 10 91 46 45
E: ldehoop@cronique.nl

Timbermill in IJlst

The wood for shipbuilding as well as for wooden skates used to be sawn in one the timbermills in IJlst.

Contact: Simon Jellema
T: 0031 621617540
E: derat@zwfriesland.nl

Jopie Huisman Museum

Workum is a special town with historical buildings and a visit to the Jopie Huismanmuseum is indespansable.

T: 0515 54 31 31
info@jopiehuismanmuseum.nl

Eise Eisinga Planetarium Franeker

The oldest still working planetarium in the world, a national monument.

Contact: Adrie Warmenhoven
E: info@planetarium-friesland.nl
T: 0517 – 39 30 70

Harlinger pottery and tile factory

In this factory ceramis and tiles have been produced in a traditional way for more than 400 years.

E: info@harlinger.nl
T: 0517 415362

Elfsteden monument

A bridge with thousands of tiles portraying all the speedskaters who ever finished the Eleven Cities Tour.

Waterpoort Sneek

The watergate was built in 1492. The gate was meant to stop access to the town by water.