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

The life-sized statue of a Frisian horse on the same square is a popular meeting point (and favourite spot for drunken students scrambling onto the horse's back).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Leeuwarden attractions

1. Fries Museum

0.09 MILES

The provincial museum occupies an imposing glass-fronted building sporting a striking wood-and-steel roof that projects out over Wilhelminaplein. The…

2. Blokhuispoort


No single sight evokes the undercurrent of explosive creativity pulsating through the Frisian capital quite like this 19th-century prison-turned-cultural…

3. 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…

4. Natuurmuseum Fryslân

0.23 MILES

Let your angels run rampant in this natural history museum, covering Friesland's flora and fauna. Highlights include a virtual bird-flight simulation …

5. Historisch Centrum

0.24 MILES

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…

6. Obe Paviljoen

0.24 MILES

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…

7. Oldehove

0.28 MILES

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…

8. Eise Eisinga Planetarium

10.51 MILES

The Eise Eisinga Planetarium is named after its builder, an 18th-century wool comber with a serious sideline in cosmic mathematics and astrology. Between…