Hindeloopen, a small city and port, water sports centre with international appeal

Rich sea captains impressed a colourful imprint on the cultural life

Hindeloopen
Hindeloopen

HINDELOOPEN (NL) – The well-preserved history and the houses of the commodores of Hindeloopen captains who plied their trade by sailing to Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the United Kingdom, the lock keeper’s house from 1619 and the adjacent old lock, the city harbour, the large pleasure marina with expensive motor and sailing yachts, the Hindeloopen art of painting and woodcarving and the maritime atmosphere at the IJsselmeer [Lake Yssel]. These are the ultimate highlights of Hindeloopen, a city since 1225 and one of the smallest Frisian Elfsteden [Eleven cities ice skating route]. Less than 900 people live in Hylpen, Frisian for Hindeloopen.

The closest enemy and friend of Holland:

Hanzestad Stavoren, a town full of wonderful stories

Stavoren
Stavoren

STAVOREN (NL) - In 1061 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.

Aldfaers Erf

That is Frisian for ‘our forefathers heritage’

You can see it and enjoy it in the lake district in the south-west corner of Friesland. There you will find four villages - Exmorra, Allingawier, Ferwoude and Piaam - which together form one of the world’s unique museum trails. 25 kilometres of cultural history in the form of beautifully restored and originally furnished historical buildings, crafts, tools and implements, left behind by the rural population of the 18th and 19th centuries.