Leeuwarden attractions

Top Choice Cultural Centre in Leeuwarden


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…
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…
Landmark in Leeuwarden


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 Leeuwarden

Natuurmuseum Fryslân

Let your angels run rampant in this natural history museum, covering Friesland's flora and fauna. Highlights include a virtual bird-flight simulation (strap yourself into the hang-glider harness and away you go) and…
Cultural Centre in Leeuwarden

Obe Paviljoen

Named after the local Frisian poet Obe Postma (1868–1963), this contemporary wood-and-glass pavilion is razor-sharp in both architectural design and the cultural exhibitions it hosts. Its wave-shaped roof doubles as…
Museum in Leeuwarden

Historisch Centrum

Read up on the town's history at the city archives, home to a permanent exhibition on the history of Leeuwarden. It also organises guided tours led by local Liwwadders, and sells an excellent DIY city-walk book (€7.…
Historic Building in Leeuwarden

De Waag

The petite weighing house dominates Waagplein; butter and other goods were weighed here from 1598 to 1884.