Visit the 11 cities
The oldest city in Friesland
Friesland's oldest city: Stavoren! It lies on the IJsselmeer, has many stories and you can cycle or walk from here to Hindeloopen. But first explore Stavoren. You can explore in a sporty or relaxed way. Relax on the beach, eat fish in the harbour or discover the city by going on a canal cruise.
This bronze statue is the icon of Stavoren. There are several stories and myths about the Vrouwtje van Stavoren (Little Lady of Stavoren). The punchline of the most famous saga: pride comes before a fall. The whole story about the Little Lady peering over the water can of course be found in the town and in museum 't Ponthús. Opposite the historic Little Lady is a new cultural icon: the Fish. This is one of the 11fountains; every city of the Eleven Cities has a different fountain, but this one is very special!
Stavoren is located on the Ijsselmeer (Lake Ijssel), but its colourful houses make it look like Copenhagen. This photogenic harbour lends itself perfectly to pleasure boating, trade and fishing. On the dike, you can watch the skûtsjesilen (SKS) sailing championship in summer. A Frisian tradition that also brings a lot of conviviality, because after the race it's party time! You can watch the sailing races from the mainland or via a canal boat.
On foot, by bike; but of course, also from the water. Stavoren is surrounded by the IJsselmeer (Lake Ijssel) from three sides, so water sports enthusiasts are in the right place! In summer, you can also take a ferry to the other side. From Stavoren you can cross the IJselmeer (Lake Ijssel) to Enkhuizen. Just check the ferry schedule in advance.