Small, cosy and lively
The historical centre of Leeuwarden is the place to be for a shopping spree. The narrow shopping streets give a variety of old crafts and modern lifestyle and interior shops. Sit on a pavement and watch the people go by. Have a drink or stroll through the old narrow streets and along the city canals. Don’t forget to visit the Prinsentuin, a park and harbor in the city centre.
The Nassau route will show you the rich history of the royals through the palace Princessehof, ‘Prinsentuin’ (garden of the prince), Hotel Palace ‘het Stadhouderlijkhof’ and the Grote- of Jacobijnerkerk (church). Don’t forget to look down during your expedition. Poetry is on the streets! Climb the stairs of the “Oldehove”, the Frisian tower of Pisa. With a clear sky you can even see the Wadden Islands! Enjoy the breathtaking view.
Visit the Frisian Street Festival on the last Saturday in May. The centre of Leeuwarden is the stage for drama and music. Numerous street artists and bands are performing live. Mid September you can taste Leeuwarden. About 30 restaurants will serve their culinary masterpieces at the foot of the Oldehove.
Leeuwarden, the historic capital of Friesland, has 95,000 inhabitants – of which no fewer than 20,000 are students! Perhaps inevitably, the character of the city is charming, lively and yet laid-back.
The centre is packed with theatres, movie houses, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as major department stores and sports clubs. Fast train services link Leeuwarden with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and the rest of Europe