Sneek is the water sport capital of Friesland. The final of the skûtsjesilen championships takes place here and it’s home to the largest inland water event in Europe: Sneekweek. Every water sport enthusiast planning on visiting Friesland should definitely visit Sneek.
- Sneek is a must see for every water sports lover.
- Visit Sneekweek, the biggest water sports event on European inland water.
- Discover the beautiful canals and historic Waterpoort (water gate).
Highlights of Sneek
This city with approximately 33.000 inhabitants is primarily known for water sports. Next to this, Sneek attracts many day trip visitors. The town has several beautiful canals and just like everyone else that visits, you will want to have your picture taken at the Watergate. This 17th century gate was part of a larger defensive system and has become the emblem of Sneek.
German artist Stephan Balkenhol’s ‘Fortuna’s Fountain’ refers to the goddess of good luck and patroness of cities, families and population groups. For this spectacular water work, the artist subverted Fortuna’s image into that of a man, continually revolving on a golden sphere, powered by the force of water pumping from a gigantic horn he is holding. Rising out of the waters of the Hoogend in the heart of the city, it’s the perfect symbol of Sneek’s changing fortunes throughout history. ‘Fortuna’s Fountain’ was designed for the 11Fountains project, in which a fountain was created for each of Friesland’s 11 cities. It will be unveiled in May 2018.
At the Watergate
Don’t miss At the Watergate during Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018. 60,000 visitors, 7,000 participants from 23 countries, 650 concerts and approximately 1,000 events. These are the startling numbers behind At the Watergate, the 13th edition of the European Youth Music Festival, taking place in Sneek from 8 to 11 May 2018. From the grand opening ceremony at Sneek’s iconic Watergate to performances indoors and outdoors throughout the city, the festival offers visitors the perfect chance to immerse themselves in the Frisian community, discover new cultures, and be inspired and learn from the latest generation of music makers and performers. This celebration of music is one of the core components of the Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, European Capital of Culture programming.
If you’re planning on staying in Friesland, you should definitely visit Sneek. This vibrant town offers great water sport facilities. During the summer it hosts many great events that attract both water sport enthusiasts and landlubbers.
Spending the night in Sneek
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