Leeuwarden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈleːʋɑrdə(n)] ( listen), West Frisian: Ljouwert [ˈʎɔːw(ə)t] ( listen)), Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality in Friesland in the Netherlands. It is the provincial capital of the States of Friesland. The municipality has a population of 122,293.
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4.5 based on 347 reviews
Compact, cozy, interesting. After 6PM rather desolate. Many shops like in other cities, but also some local outlets. People are friendly. Leeuwarden with just over 100.000 inhabitants has preserved a small city ambiance where many people know each other.
The historic center is beautiful with many waterways and old buildings. Nice to stroll around. Defintely worth a visit.
4 based on 519 reviews
The Fries Museum is dedicated to Friesland and the Frisian people. Its activities revolve around the eleven cities that make up the province and the surrounding countryside. These include the Frisians' love-hate relationship with water, the search for what defines the typical Frisian character, and Friesland's place in the wider world. The freedom fighter Grutte Pier's sword; old costumes and clothing; treasures from the Frisian mounds; the legacy of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed as a spy at the end of the First World War; Gerrit Benner's paintings; contemporary visual art; and the film de Overval: together these objects tell the story of Friesland.
Currently they are having an exhibition about Mata Hari, the most famous female spy in the 20c. It seems she's from this small pretty town.
4 based on 186 reviews
Interesting story on this tower and subsequent efforts to shore it up. The canal behind holds some amazing yachts. There is a painting across the square that shows the interconnections of Europe's royals and how they all hark back to one set of ancestors.
4.5 based on 70 reviews
Natuurmuseum Fryslan is er voor natuurliefhebbers, ouders, opa’s en oma’s. Maar vooral voor kinderen! Want zelf doen staat centraal. Ooit door een onderwaterwereld gelopen? Gezien hoe dieren worden opgezet? Gevlogen als een gans? Of proefjes gedaan in een waterlab? Kom meedoen in het nummer 1 kidsproof museum van Fryslan!
Its a difficult museum to write a review for. On many fronts its a great collection of artifacts, inspirational exhibits and interactive activities. On the other hand it lacks English descriptors (Leeuwarden is 2018 Cultural capital so can expect many non dutch speaking visitors). Some of the exhibits are questionable despite being very creative - it all comes down to taste I suppose. Well worth a couple of hours visit.
4 based on 144 reviews
This elegant 18th-century building contains the largest collection of Dutch tiles in the world.
We visited the museum on a sunday morning. It was not crowded. The lay out with objects and texts was tasteful. We specially liked the (small) section on Islamic ceramics. Beautifully restored zodiacal statues in the garden! Marijke Meu's room was inviting...The precious green bowl did not have much tekst, or did we miss something.
4 based on 200 reviews
So relax d, located in a large park, wide open countryside. A nice idea, all water residents, the different animals. They all have enough room, which is important for animal parks. There were som pretty exotic ones, really, a must see. Great for kids!
4 based on 79 reviews
Back in WW2 this jail was actively used by the Germans who invaded the Netherlands. After WW2 it continued to be in service for several years. Lately it has been put out of service and is now used by startup companies that rent office space over there. Besides that it is a cultural hotspot in the city.
4 based on 46 reviews
This is part of the Fries museum in Leewarden, which together with the rest proved to be a bit of a disappointment assuming this is the main museum to represent the Friesland province. Even though the building in itself is representative, the quality of the various exhibition was of a standard below what you normally would expect. It did not help that no guidance was available in English. For natural Dutch speaking people with some interest in the role of Frieslands during the Second World War the Verzets Museum would be of interest I think.
4 based on 57 reviews
This distillery is now in it's 5th generation of the Boomsa family and they have some interesting artifacts and accompanying story (via video) to explain their historical use as well as that of the Beerburger drink. Afterwards we sampled the beergburger and some genevers (at a small cost for those). Our guide was genial and we enjoyed discovering more about the various liquors produced not only in Leeuwarden, but some of their other locations as they are expanding.
4 based on 24 reviews
Oldest church of Leeuwarden, originally part of a monastery. During the reformation turned into a Protestant church, which it's still is. The fact that it is one of the 3 churches in the Netherlands where the ancestors of our royal family were burred makes it a little more special. Unfortunately all the tombs have been destroyed during the French revolution but there is still enough to see that reminds us of these times. On the back side of the church you can see the 'orange gate' where the Nassau family used to enter. And inside the church you can see that the elevated seat for the Stadtholder is just a little bit higher than the pulpit of the preacher. The organ of Christian Müller is also pretty impressive. Unfortunately the Church is not always open to the public. In wintertime you just have to enjoy it from the outside, but from June to September there it is open on a regular basis.
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