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The leaning tower of Leeuwarden

Did you know that Leeuwarden has its very own leaning tower? Construction began in 1529 when the citizens of Leeuwarden demanded a church tower...

Blue road in Drachten

Did you know that 1km of road in Drachten was painted blue in 2007 to symbolise an old waterway that was paved over the...
peewit eggs

Frisian tradition: finding peewit eggs

Did you know that it is a Frisian tradition to offer the first found lapwing egg to the Queen's Commissioner of Friesland? The northern...

Mudflat hiking

Did you know you can hike through mudflats and gullies from the mainland to the islands in the Wadden Sea and vice versa during...

Frisian language

Did you know that around 450,000 people in the northern province of Friesland speak Frisian? Although Frisian is acknowledged as an official language in Friesland,...

Fierljeppen (‘far leaping’) in Friesland

Did you know that 'fierljeppen' (far leaping) originates with farmers who used poles to cross waterways that divided plots of land? Today fierljeppen is...
shared space concept

The concept of ‘shared space’ in traffic safety

Did you know that Hans Monderman (1945-2008) from Friesland designed the concept of 'shared space' in traffic safety? This is based on the theory that...
Serious Request

Serious Request 2013 in Leeuwarden

Did you know that tonight three popular radio deejays are being locked up in a glass house in Leeuwarden to collect money for charity? The...
Elfstedentocht 1986

The legendary Elfstedentocht skating tour

Did you know that the second to last rarely raced Elfstedentocht took place 30 years ago today? Evert van Benthem was the winner of this edition of...
Sloten Friesland

Annually 217 days with precipitation

Did you know that the Netherlands receives on average 766mm of precipitation annually? There are 217 days per year on which more than 0.1mm...


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