Experience the wadden region
The Wadden area is the largest nature reserve in the Netherlands and houses a wilderness that is unprecedented: the Wadden Sea. Always on the move, no minute is the same. Even on a global scale it is great. Nature and landscape constantly change under the influence of ebb and flow. Weather, wind and water create beautiful nature: mud flats, salt marshes, dunes, gullies and sandbanks, where all kinds of animals and plants live.
The Wadden Sea constantly stimulates your senses, for example during a mudflat walk or a drying expedition. You experience that plants and animals have adapted to the rugged Wadden Sea. They depend on the specific conditions in the Wadden Sea area. Of many species of migratory birds, a large part of the world population uses the mudflats as a filling station during the migration. Six million birds breed or overwinter in the area. And more than 30,000 seals find peace and space. UNESCO has declared the entire Wadden Sea as a Natural World Heritage.
You will experience that World Heritage during a stay along the Wadden Sea coast and with a visit to one of the Wadden Islands. The islands offer the cleanest beaches in the Netherlands, beautiful landscapes and pitch-dark nights. Some ten thousand plant and animal species find their home there.
The Wadden Sea is already a world-class nature reserve; and the National Parks Lauwersmeer, Texel and Schiermonnikoog are well known.
From Hantum a visit to the cozy old fortified city of Dokkum is definitely recommended. A town with a lot of history where the brass bells in the town hall are still ringing every evening at exactly 21:50. In the past this was necessary for the people who were working outside the gate. At 22:00 hours the gates closed and the lock bridge was picked up. And so they could come home just in time. Dokkum has a historic city center with many trendy shops and boutiques.
The center of Dokkum has more than twenty restaurants and other eateries. An extensive lunch, a nice sandwich to go or sit down on one of the terraces at the water for an evening of dining: in Dokkum you can do this!
As one of the 11 cities of Friesland, Dokkum is of course known for its beautiful canals. In the winter, the canals are the most beautiful skating place in the country and in the summer months they are full of pleasure yachts. With a canoe or rowing boat you sail all the way around the strongholds, and straight through the city. Despite the fact that the fortified town only has around 13,000 inhabitants, the city does have a real city feeling. The shape of the ramparts is still clearly visible around the city center.
The city is known internationally because Saint Boniface died in the vicinity of Dokkum. An exhibition of Boniface can therefore be admired at the Dokkum museum.
Dokkum, the northernmost town in the Netherlands on the edge of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
Leeuwarden and surroundings
Wind mill de Swarte Prinsch is located in the shadow of Leeuwarden, just outside the recreation area ‘De Groene Ster’, of approximately 1,000 hectares, located on the east side of Leeuwarden. It is a large recreational area with sunbathing areas, beaches, ponds, forest and hiking trails. On beautiful warm, sunny days it is very pleasant here with recreationists. De Groene Ster is also known to many under the name ‘De Kleine Wielen’, named after the original lake in the recreation area.
There is an 18-hole golf course, a mini golf course, you can go fishing and endlessly walking and cycling, and a visit to the Aqua Zoo is definitely recommended. Aqua Zoo has been nominated as the best outing in Friesland and within walking distance of the windmill. Wear your walking shoes, backpack and discover! Go on a voyage of discovery in AquaZoo and learn all about the special animals that reside here.
From the mill you can reach the center of Leeuwarden by electric bicycle in 15 minutes. With a center that is still the best kept secret in the Netherlands, with a tower that is more leaning than the building in Pisa and very friendly people who are always in for a nice chat. In Leeuwarden you can enjoy delicious food and shopping! You can also explore the city in countless ways and do fun activities.
Leeuwarden it is the ideal starting point for an unforgettable journey through Friesland.