Nassau summer

royals in leeuwarden

This summer, Leeuwarden's rich Nassau past will come to life. From 1584 to 1747, Leeuwarden was the court city of Friesland and the city still has a touch of royal allure. Moreover, the current royal family descends in a direct line from Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel, princess of Orange Nassau (1688-1765). At a young age, she ruled the northern provinces from Leeuwarden as regent-governor. This summer, follow in the footsteps of Maria Louise during various cultural activities and discover the fascinating Nassau history of Leeuwarden. We have listed all events for you.

Cultural activities - do them!

Maria Louise was here

As of 9 July, the Princessehof presents Maria Louise Was Here. During the summer months, visitors join the palace garden for eight weekends, three times a week, late at night for a poetic Son et Lumière in which video, music and light come together. A corona-proof open-air event in the middle of the historic city centre of Leeuwarden.

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Maria Louise Was Here

City walks - Like a king/queen

Time for a breath of fresh air? Take a royal walk along the buildings that remind us of Leeuwarden's Nassau past. You can do this on your own, or by joining one of the specially-organized tours! Let yourself be guided by Maria Louise in person, listen to the juicy stories about the Nassau’s by the guides of A Guide to Leeuwarden, dive into the traces of the Nassau’s with the Historical Center Leeuwarden or walk past noble houses in the city during the Frisian Nobility Tour.

Royal hotspots - Wow!

Discover more! - Also see

  • Plan your visit

  • Museums

    Keramiekmuseum Princessehof
  • Calendar

    Explore the North

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