Attractions

Top Choice Cultural Centre in Leeuwarden

Blokhuispoort

No single sight evokes the undercurrent of explosive creativity pulsating through the Frisian capital quite like this 19th-century prison-turned-cultural centre. Dozens of entrepreneurial start-ups and young busines…
Top Choice Museum in Leeuwarden

Keramiek Museum Princessehof

Pottery lovers will adore the Netherlands ceramics museum. Here you'll find the largest collection of tiles on the planet, an unparalleled selection of Delftware and works from around the globe – the Japanese, Chine…
National Park in Friesland

Lauwersmeer National Park

Nature lovers are in paradise in this tiny national park protecting the man-made watery shallows of Lauwersmeer, split between Friesland and the neighbouring province of Groningen. The lake was formed in 1969 when t…
National Park in Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog National Park

The entire island, except for its single town and surrounding polder, was designated the Netherlands' first national park in 1989. It's easy to lose yourself exploring its 54 sq km of beaches, dunes, salt marshes an…
Museum in Leeuwarden

Fries Museum

The provincial museum occupies an imposing glass-fronted building sporting a striking wood-and-steel roof that projects out over Wilhelminaplein. The three levels are divided into a series of galleries. A good place…
Lighthouse in Ameland

Lighthouse

Ameland's iconic red-and-white banded lighthouse stands 55m tall on the island's west end. The only lighthouse in the island chain that is open to the public, the cast-iron structure can be climbed (236 steps) for e…
Planetarium in Franeker

Eise Eisinga Planetarium

The Eise Eisinga Planetarium is named after its builder, an 18th-century wool comber with a serious sideline in cosmic mathematics and astrology. Between 1774 and 1781, he built the planetarium himself in the living…
Museum in Terschelling

Bunker Museum

Hidden in woods east of West-Terschelling is an extraordinary subterranean network of 85 bunkers used as a military radar station during WWII. Construction work began in 1941 and continued until 1944. Visits include…
Landmark in Leeuwarden

Oldehove

At the northwest corner of the historic core stands the notoriously off-kilter Oldehove – Friesland's rival to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Things went wrong shortly after the tower was started in 1529 and it never re…
Museum in Vlieland

Museum Tromp's Huys

Journey back in time to island life in the early 20th century at this tiny house-museum, inside the oldest building on Vlieland dating to 1575. The Norwegian landscape painter Betzy Akersloot-Berg (1850–1922) lived …