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  • 1 Fries Museum / Verzetsmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    TurfMarkt 11 NL - 8900 CE Leeuwarden

    This museum occupies two historic houses: the Eysingahuis (late 18C) and the impressive Chancellerie ( Kanselarij, 1566). Its varied collections illustrate Friesian culture, history and art: remains from archaeological excavations, objects and photos..

  • 2 Museum Het Princessehof (Dutch Ceramics Museum) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    NL - 8911 DZ Leeuwarden

    This 17C palace, the former residence of Princess Marie-Louise of Hesse-Cassel, today houses the Ceramics Museum. The collections in this museum are especially rich: porcelain and stoneware coming from Asia (Japan, China) and europe (Italy, Netherlan..

  • 3 Over de Kelders

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kelders NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    One of the banks of this canal is riddled with caves (kelders). The bridge to the north has a pretty view over the banks of the Voorstreek and the belfry of the church of St Boniface. Also noteworthy is the small statue of Mata Hari, erected in 1976 ..

  • 4 Waag

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    This red brick construction dates from 1598. It is cantoned at the corners with heraldic lions above which runs a frieze sculpted with motifs. The weighing of butter and cheese took place here until 1880. The large canopy was designed to protect the ..

  • 5 Hofplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hofplein NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    This square is dominated by the town hall, a sober classical construction (1715) topped by a 17C clock tower. The Council chamber, in the annex (1760), has a rococo lateral façade. Opposite, you will see the Stadhouterlijk Hof (1881), the former resi..

  • 6 Eewal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Eewal NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    This wide main road is lined with elegant 18C houses. Some of them still have attractive stone façades: worth seeing are no.52 (sailing ship) and 58 (Pilgrim of St James).

  • 7 Grote of Jacobijnerkerk

    Religious buildings

    NL - 1905 Leeuwarden

    This 13C church was rebuilt in the 15 and 16C. It was laid waste again by the revolutionaries (Patriots) in 1795, during the Batavian Republic. The Nassau Friesians were buried here from 1588. The great organ chest (1727) is by Christian Müller. As t..

  • 8 Fries Natuurmuseum

    Museums and art

    Schoenmakersperk 2 NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    Located in an old orphanage from the 17C, this museum is dedicated to Friesian wildlife: the composition and evolution of the ground, landscapes(wadden, woods, marshes, areas transformed by man), plants and animals. The permanent exhibition "Fri..

  • 9 Grote Kerkstraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Boterhoek 1 NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    The tall where Mata Hari lived has become a museum and a Friesian literature documentation centre (Frysk letterkundich Museum en Dokumintaasjesintrum). At no.43, you will see an attractive stone façade featuring a lion and a strong castle then at no...

  • 10 Oldehove

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 8911 Leeuwarden

    This Gothic brick tower has remained unfinished because of the instability of the ground, which is why it leans so much. From the top there is a beautiful view of the town. On a clear day, you can even see the Wadden islands. Close by, the old wooded..

  • 11 Otterpark Aqualutra (Otter Park)

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Groene Ster 2 NL - 8926 XA Leeuwarden

    An animal on the way to extinction, the otter still has friends. The Dutch Foundation for the Protection of Otters has created a breeding centre for otters here (closed to the public) and a nature park in which you can discover all the richness of fr..

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