The Frisian city of Harlingen is a real port town. Enjoy the special atmosphere and stroll past the harbor, canals and old warehouses.

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One of the Eleven Cities in the Tour, Harlingen is a real port town still intimately connected to the sea. You can smell the salty sea air. Enjoy the harbor, canals and old warehouses. Or board the ferry to Vlieland and Terschelling.

  • Enjoy the beautiful harbors, canals and warehouses.
  • Enjoy the Harlinger Visserijdagen.
  • From a sail boat, embark on a mudflat hiking adventure in the Wadden Sea.

Port of Harlingen

Harlingen has a beautiful center full of canals and historic warehouses. The harbor is Friesland’s only sea port and is always bustling with activity. From here, the ferries depart for Vlieland and Terschelling. During the annual Harlinger Visserijdagen (fishery days), the port is transformed. You can enjoy music, water sports, astronomy, markets, and a funfair.

Finger in the dike

Harlingen was also the home of the legendary boy who stuck his finger in the dike, thus preventing the sea from swallowing up the city. His statue can be found near the ferry departure point. You will also discover the statue of Anton Wachter. He was the main character in a novel cycle by the Dutch author Simon Vestdijk.

Spending the night in Harlingen

Are you searching for a hip design hotel, a romantic bed & breakfast, or a pleasant holiday home for your family? Harlingen has suitable accommodations for every taste and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect holiday here!

Editors’ tip

Have you always wanted to walk across the sea floor? Take a low tide tour! You will board a sailing boat from the port of Harlingen to a sandbank in the Wadden Sea. At low tide, the boat will run to ground and serve as the starting point for an extraordinary walk across the sea floor.

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