LEEUWARDEN, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 16, 2016: Palace Prinsessehof in the historical center of Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Shutterstock ID 381931474

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Keramiek Museum Princessehof

Top choice in Leeuwarden

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, Chinese and Vietnamese sections are superbly displayed. Watch for top-billing temporary art exhibitions too.

It's all atmospherically housed in Princessehof, the 17th-century mansion where the world-famous Dutch graphic artist MC Escher (1898–1972) was born and lived until 1903 when his family moved to Arnhem. Look out for street art around town celebrating the artist's mathematically inspired lithographs, prints and cut-outs.

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1. Historisch Centrum

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2. Obe Paviljoen

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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…

3. Oldehove

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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…

4. Natuurmuseum Fryslân

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5. De Waag


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

6. Fries Museum

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7. Blokhuispoort

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8. Eise Eisinga Planetarium

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