The harbour town of Lemmer became an international water sport centre

The freshwater Zuiderzee became the saltwater IJsselmeer: fishing made way for water sport

The history of many Frisian towns and villages - and certainly that of Lemmer - was dominated by the water. Lemmer is famous for the Lemster barge and the offshore fishing industry, the Lemster sea lock which dates from 1888 and the largest and oldest running steam-driven pumping station in Europe, the Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal (1920 UNESCO world heritage list).

The frisian sailing fleet: from farmer’s barge to royal class tall ship

Departure harbours in Friesland and Germany!

Country sailingpram, Ykema, Sandfirden.
Country sailingpram, Ykema, Sandfirden.

Friesland has a flourishing traditional sailing fleet consisting of many kinds of passenger ships which can be found in sailing locations around the world. These vessels, which are the pride of Friesland, are used at education, instruction and training institutes and by organisations, businesses and families, as well as at Sail events right along the European coast. The vessels are used not only by groups, but also by individual sailing enthusiasts and those who care about our nautical-cultural heritage, whether for day trips or journeys for longer periods of time.

The closest enemy and friend of Holland:

Hanzestad Stavoren, a town full of wonderful stories

Machtige buitenhaven: Marina Stavoren.
Huge outer harbour: Stavoren marina.

061 Stavoren was officially granted town privileges. For centuries it had been an important trading town. The little woman of Stavoren [Vrouwtje van Stavoren] is a legend about a wealthy merchant’s widow who is held responsible for the silting up of the harbour of Stavoren and, with that, the decline of the once so rich town. The harbour of Stavoren is now the base for sail cruise ships and hundreds of pleasure yachts. Since 1886 a ferry service has been operating between the Frisian town of Stavoren and the once hostile town of Enkhuizen in Holland.

Stavoren is referred to in Frisian as Starum and has almost 1,000 residents. Up to around 1600 it was called Staveren and then Stavoren and Staveren alternately. The town was established in around 900 AD along the banks of a stream. In 1040 it had already become a fortified town with its own coinage. In 1061 Stavoren was granted official town privileges by Count Egbert I with permission from the Roman Emperor Hendrik IV.

Hendrik IV (Goslar, 11 November 1050 - Liege, 7 August 1106) was king of Germany from 1056 to 1105. Since 1084 he was also emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. For Stavoren the granting of town privileges meant that it had its own laws, freedom from tolls throughout the entire Roman Empire and its own coat of arms. This coat of arms features a golden crown with crossed bishops’ crosiers which are reminders of the patrons, namely the archbishop of Cologne and the bishop of Utrecht.

IJsselmeer Friesland: a unique holiday destination

Friesland has the greatest concentration of tourist pathways and waterways in Europe

IJsselmeer Friesland
IJsselmeer Friesland.

WORKUM (NL) – Friesland (know in Frisian and officially as Fryslân) is one of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands and has already existed for more than 2000 years. The Romans were the first tourists and were extremely impressed by what they found... as you will be too! Over the centuries, Friesland has developed into a unique area of the Netherlands.
Nowhere else will you find such a wide variety of landscapes, cultural history and leisure opportunities in a single region measuring just 100 km across. These include:

The IJsselmeer Route:

2000 years of astonishing wealth and poverty around the Zuiderzee

Lemmer
Lemmer.

WORKUM (NL) – A highlight besides the world famous Eleven Cities Route (the bicycle, boating, car, motorbike and skating route along eleven exquisite historical cities in Friesland: www.elfstedenroute.nl), is the IJsselmeer Route. This new tourist route from the Friesland Holland Tourist Office is the ultimate encounter with the former large salty inland Zuiderzee and the current fresh water IJsselmeer.

The eldorado for demanding beach lovers, water sports enthusiasts and cyclists

Makkum: Holiday at the seaside!

makkum
Makkum.

MAKKUM (NL) – Holidaying in the dunes of Ameland without having to use an expensive ferry. Swimming in and surfing on the sea without fear of having no ground under your feet. There are no jellyfish. Sailing with an electric boat through natural wetlands without being harassed by mosquitoes. Enjoy the pleasures of a thatched farmhouse à la Giethoorn without throngs of day trippers in the yard and punt capers in the canal.

Laaxum, a drama just waiting for a happy end

The smallest fishing port of Europe is the sightliest outdoor experience of Friesland

Laaksum
Laaxum

LAAXUM (NL) – Sadness because of the deplorable state of the nearly 100 year old fish auction, the ‘zoutloods’. Joy at seeing one of Friesland’s last inland fishermen. Or when a carefully maintained authentic fishing vessel, coming from the province of Holland, enters the old Zuiderzee port. Also Overwijk’s snack house, built in the style of the Zuiderzee and with a large covered outdoor cafe, will bring some cheer. Simple, functional and pleasantly casual. That’s why you regularly see here notable Dutch men and women. No kidding!

Stalwart sail boaters, eels and cow dung skippers, artisans and artists

Workum, the liveliest and largest museum of Friesland

Workum
Workum

Workum (NL) – The port, trade and craft city of Workum is one of the youngest Friese Elfsteden [Frisian city ice skating route] cities, but given the many historic buildings in the elongated city centre, one would thing it is the oldest. It only received a city charter in 1399, while the nearby and much smaller Stavoren, also a port on the at that time Zuiderzee, already had been granted this in 1118.

The harbour town of Lemmer became an international water sport centre

The freshwater Zuiderzee became the saltwater IJsselmeer: fishing made way for water sport

Lemmer
Lemmer

The history of many Frisian towns and villages - and certainly that of Lemmer - was dominated by the water. Lemmer is famous for the Lemster barge and the offshore fishing industry, the Lemster sea lock which dates from 1888 and the largest and oldest running steam-driven pumping station in Europe, the Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal (1920 UNESCO world heritage list)..