Leeuwarden: proud capital of Friesland
The center of the Frisian capital is only a 15-minute walk away from the WTC Hotel Leeuwarden, where hundreds of monuments, museums and nice shops can be found. It's also part of the reason why Leeuwarden was ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2018! Below you will find lots of tips and activities in Leeuwarden..
City Theater De Harmonie
De Harmonie is Leeuwarden’s city theater and concert hall and is one of the top five largest theaters in the Netherlands. It has been the stage for plays such as Titanic and The Sound of Music. The building also accommodates an indoor film house, which now houses the Center for Film in Friesland. Every year there are more than 650 activities for a total of 250,000 visitors.
Visit the Fries Museum
Tough, stiff and quirky? The Fries Museum is about the Frisians and about Friesland, about being ‘abroad in the Netherlands’. About the eleven cities and the countryside, the love-hate relationship with the water, the search for the typical Frisian culture and the place of Friesland in the world. Visit one of the many exhibitions, indulge in a surprising workshop or watch an artist in residence.
Cruising through the canals
The foundation organizes boat trips with skipper and guide throughout the year in traditional nostalgic boats powered by electric motors. The cruises go through the historic canals and the surroundings of Leeuwarden.
Looking for something a bit more actie? Go paddleboarding and explore the city on a SUP in the canals!
The construction of this crooked and unfinished tower started in 1529. It was not easy for architect Jacob van Aken, because the tower was already skewed during construction. Yet the tower is one of the most important symbols of the city. You can also climb the Oldehove!
There’s plenty of culture in the city, but for more relaxing activities Leeuwarden is also the place to be. Visit the water-rich world of Aqua Zoo Friesland, take a cruise through the canals of Leeuwarden, try a Beerenburg or go sailing on the Frisian lakes!