Experience a fantastic holiday
I'm going on vacation and taking… my dog! On an adventure through Leeuwarden with your best friend. Do you want to know where you and your four-legged friend can spend the night in peace and which rabid activities you can undertake together in the city and the region? We’ve put together the best tips for you.
Going out with your dog? Of course you can wander together through the historic city centre of Leeuwarden, turn into small cosy streets or take a sunny walk along the canals. But there is also plenty to do for you and your best friend outside the boundaries of the centre. Running, sprinting and romping through the most beautiful natural areas, just a stone's throw from the city centre. We have highlighted the best spots for you and your four-legged friend.
You can take a generous walk in the Prinsentuin, the former pleasure garden of the Oranje-Nassau’s. You can experience the Prinsentuin at its best, especially in summer, when the entire park is in bloom. There is plenty of space here, but there are no off-leash areas in the park. Fancy a drink and a bowl of fresh water? Then make your way to the terrace of the Koperen Tuin!
Just outside the centre. you will find the Rengerspark, a large, green city park with a beautiful pond in the middle. The park itself is not an off-leash area, but there is a fenced playing field in the back where dogs can play, run and sprint freely. You will even find some play equipment especially for four-legged friends! When you leave (or enter) the park at the rear, you will be greeted by Ús Hûnen (Frisian for ‘our dogs’): two bronze statues of a Stabyhoun and a Wetterhoun, two typical Frisian dog breeds.
The Westerpark, also known as the Vosseparkje, is located just outside the city canals. When you leave the centre, via the Vrouwepoortsbrug (bridge), you can hardly miss the park. Perhaps less popular than the Prinsentuin, but certainly no less beautiful. Please note that there are no off-leash areas here, as well. Ready for a break? You can score a smoothie to cool you down on the way at Stek!
Are you going for nature, but don't want to lose sight of the city? During a walk along the Potmarge, the Achmea Tower remains a permanent landmark. In the nature reserve, you will find a few off-leash areas. These are indicated with the well-known posts.
The Froskepôlle is a green oasis in Leeuwarden and a mecca for dogs. This polder island is only accessible via a bridge and you are literally between city and country. Most of the area is an off-leash area. And if your dog is up for a swim, they are also at the right place for this. The iconic mill on the Froskepôlle provides flowing water in the ditch and ponds.
The Groene Ster – also known as the Lytse or Kleine Wielen - is a recreational area on the east side of Leeuwarden. You will find forests and hiking trails here, as well as sunbathing areas and beaches. While this is the perfect place for a refreshing dip in the summer, the Groene Ster is also a great place for a winter walk. Here too there are plenty of off-leash areas where your best friend can get rid of some energy. That's how you get to those ten thousand steps a day!
De Grote Wielen
The Grutte or Grote Wielen is located on the other side of the road opposite the Groene Ster. This special nature reserve consists of several lakes that are inter-connected. You can also take the most beautiful walks here with your dog. From the vantage point, you have a panoramic view of the Grutte Wielen!
It has grown from a few scrawny trees in a meadow to a real forest with ecological values. A walk through the Leeuwarder Bos takes you over all kinds of bridges, along water and offers you fantastic views over the Frisian landscape. And all this just a stone's throw from the city. The off-leash areas are clearly marked. You even have a good chance of bumping into a Scottish Highlander!
Is your dog a real captain? In Leeuwarden you can take your dog with you on the boat. You and your four-legged friend can explore the canals in an electric sloop from Greenjoy. Would you prefer being sailed around? Then join us on an authentic Frisian barge. These are boats with a flat bottom that farmers used to use to transport tools, livestock and hay. During the cruise, a guide will tell you the most interesting facts about the city. Look out! If you join the cruise, you must help your dog onto the jetty and into the boat yourself.