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Friesland in the Netherlands:
a unique holiday destination

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

Friesland (known 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:

• An extensive system of waterways that links all the lakes and historical locations.
• Four sailing and fishing areas: inland waterways, the IJsselmeer, the Wadden Sea and the North Sea.
• The largest fleet in Europe: traditional sailing ships, (motor) yachts, open motorboats, open sailing boats, fishing boats and ships designed for cruises and sea fishing.
• Separate roads and paths for cyclists and motorised traffic.
• Perfect signposting.
• Islands in the North Sea with huge beaches.
• All manner of active and passive leisure activities on land and water, even during the winter!
• Exceptional indoor attractions throughout the entire region.
• Not only water but a great deal of green spaces such as pastures, forests (in the south) and nature reserves.
• Clean air brought in from the sea.
• Environmentally-friendly business, intensive care for the environment.
• A great deal of respect for the region’s own language, culture and history, as well as for those of foreigners.
• 647.239 inhabitants at september 30, 2012

Friesland images

Packages and voyages

Friesland Holland offers unique holiday packages lasting several days, plus trips organised by a number of Friesland Holland partners together. The focus in the case of these all-inclusive full-service holidays is on offering a very wide range of services such as a breakdown assistance and luggage forwarding in the case of the Elfstedentochten (11 city cycling tours).


TourDeFrise logoTen days cycling through the low-lying landscape of the Netherlands: Friesland

Tour de Frise: enjoy the cultural and culinary splendour of a unique coastal people

WOLVEGA (NL) - The Friesland Holland tourist office is now offering a very special cycling trip lasting several days which takes you past the cultural and historical highlights of Friesland. It is called: Tour de Frise. It starts where the Romans stopped - at the major rivers that cross through the Netherlands. From there you will have the chance to explore the lowest-lying and most picturesque part of the Netherlands.

In order to avoid any major risks the Romans entered into friendly commercial relationships with the Frisians who, since time immemorial, have always been experts in international trade and shipping. These are two of the many themes of your journey through the 5,000 year old cultural landscape.

You’ll be amazed
These days the trip is a completely Friesland Experience. Anyone who books this specially put together 10 day trip will not only experience UNESCO world heritage locations, but also less well-known, hidden treasures the province of Fryslân (Friesland) has to offer. You will cycle through typical Frisian landscapes, past lakes and the sea, and through nostalgic towns and villages with their marvellous little shops. You will find out about how Friesland came into being, from the time that the characteristic knolls [terpen] were constructed, 3,000 years before Christ, until the turf digging period of the 20th century. Centuries-old monuments, including the smallest castles and churches of Europe, will all open their doors to you. You will also find out how the famous Frisian flat-bottomed boats [skûtsjes] were built, and learn about dairy farming and Frisian dairy products which, these days, are marketed all over the world.

Frisian hospitality
Frisians are proud of their identity as hard-working bargemen and farmers, and as makers of world famous traditional and industrial products. They keep their own language alive, partly in the form of fun traditions for visitors, such as village parties and historic ship sailing competitions. Another excellent Frisian habit is to greet people they meet, whether on the water or cycle paths. This is their way of showing that you are a welcome guest. “Enjoy all the good things that we have preserved for you and for ourselves!”
You will be served Frisian cuisine and local produce in the restaurants of the hotels where you will spend the night. The lodgings have been specially selected for this trip so that, day in day out, you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of times gone by and the splendour of Friesland.

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