The capital of the province of Friesland is a mixture of shopping areas, cultural highlights and an exciting nightlife. Leeuwarden boasts over 600 monuments! Enough reasons for you to get a map with walking tours at the tourist information office. Shopaholics must visit De Kleine Kerkstraat, which is one of the most charming shopping streets in the Netherlands.
- Discover Leeuwarden, the cultural capital of Europe in 2018!
- Visit the Oldehove, the Dutch ‘tower of Pisa’.
- Be surprised by Leeuwarden, a city full of monuments and attractive shopping streets.
Leeuwarden is a great place for a day trip. It has everything from culture to shopping areas. The city has fine harbors, which makes visiting Leeuwarden by boat an easy and comfortable experience.
Cultural capital of Europe
In 2018, Leeuwarden is the cultural capital of Europe and countless special events and exhibitions will be organised in the city (and the rest of the province). Discover the eleven fountains by several artists in the Frisian Elfsteden, discover the giants of Royal de Luxe in August, or admire the beautiful exhibitions on Mata Hari and M.C. Escher at the Fries Museum.
Museums in Leeuwarden
The Fries Museum is a must see for culture lovers who visit Leeuwarden. Here, you will find the best of Frisian art and culture, discovering more about the rich history of the Frisian people. At Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, the house in which the famous Leeuwarden native M.C. Escher was born, you will enter into the world of ceramics. Or visit Natuurmuseum Fryslân and learn all about wonderful Frisian nature. Its three floors are bursting with information, special animals, plants, assignments, experiments, games and other surprises.
Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s fountain was inspired by youngsters he met in Friesland’s capital Leeuwarden. The artwork – titled ‘Love’ – features the heads of a boy and a girl, each seven meters tall, with their eyes closed, as if dreaming about the future. The fountain’s ‘water’ is actually a two-meter cloud of mist enveloping their heads – the artist’s tribute to the delicate fog that rises over Frisian fields early in the morning. Visitors are free to wander in the encircling fog. The work is part of the 11Fountains project, in which a fountain was designed for each of the 11 cities in Friesland. ‘Love’ is the centerpiece of a complete redevelopment of the area in front of Leeuwarden’s railway station. It will be unveiled in May 2018.
Accessibility and parking in Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden is about 1.5 hours away from the capital of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can also get there easily by public transport (railway). If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. Leeuwarden has a compact inner city with short-duration parking in the streets and long-term parking in the underground car parks. If you want to park your car here, the signs will point your way.
Spending the night in Leeuwarden
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Other activities nearby
When you visit Leeuwarden, you should also see other Frisian cities like Heerenveen. The pleasant and bustling university town of Groningen is also well worth a visit, and Assen is a must see as well.