Visit the 11 cities
Historic city centre
"Not the biggest city, but certainly a jewel!" This is how Bolsward is described. A city to wander alongthe canals, enjoy the vast nature and discover the history which the city is rich in. Bolsward is the sixth city of the Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), at 100 km into it. Exactly at the halfway point so perfect for a lovely break!
Bolsward is certainly historical. The Town Hall is full of stories. This has been converted into Cultural Historical Centre de Tiid where you can admire a permanent exhibition, as well. Would you like to know more about the city? You will also find the tourist information point here. The history is also reflected in the various churches. The Broerekerk church is the city's oldest monument and a church you wouldn't expect because of its special glass roof. Discover even more stories museum It Gysbert Japicxhûs, for example.
Berenburg and Bolsward are inextricably linked. In Friesland, there are eight producers who produce this herbal drink: each and every one according to their own secret family recipe. The best-known producer of the world-famous drink in Friesland is Sonnema. And lo and behold... Sonnema is now based in Bolsward! Of course, you can order the drink anywhere in Friesland, but at the visitor centreyou will find the history and origins of the drink. You will be taken to the herb loft and the bottling plant. And, don't miss out on the tasting at the end, of course!
Greenery is also certainly plentiful. A green oasis in the middle of the city with lots of greenery, ponds, and a rose garden. Check the calendar in advance, as various events are also organised here on a regular basis.
A city always looks different from the water; perhaps even more beautiful. You can discover the city on your own by renting a boat or SUP. Or hop on a canal cruise and let yourself be taken through the city accompanied by its stories.
Staying overnight in Leeuwarden
Your roadtrip gets off to a good start