you'll be amazed
European Capital of Culture 2018, the birth place of the great graphic artist M.C. Escher and home to the Dutch royals. And yet we are one of the best kept secrets in the Netherlands (and we don't mind!). Slow down and explore Leeuwarden, we'll get you started. But first things first, how do you get here?
How to reach Leeuwarden?
To get to Leeuwarden, take a direct flight to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, then hop on the train. A two-hour ride takes you through typical Dutch landscape and straight into the city centre. Here you'll be greeted by the LOVE-fountain: two 7-metre high sculptures of a boy and a girl.Public transport and parking
You can spend days wandering through the historic city center but if you have the time, be sure to discover the region. Dozens of walking and cycling routes through green Friesland are at your feet, with Leeuwarden serving as the perfect homebase. Discover the stunning Alde Feanen National Park, enjoy the water sports paradise Grou (both a stone’s throw from the city), or take a sunny trip to the Wadden Islands (UNESCO World Heritage!). Not enough? Kick off your ultimate Friesland-adventure in Leeuwarden: the Elfstedentocht. Complete this legendary route in your own way: by bike, on foot, on a SUP-board or by camper. Discover what Leeuwarden has to offer in just 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours.