Leeuwarden is a fantastic city located in the northern part of the Netherlands in the Friesland province. As the capital city of the states, Leeuwarden has a population of 108,000 and has seen some form of inhabitation since the 10th century. The region has archeological finds dating back to the Roman era and it has been mentioned in written history for many hundreds of years.
Due to the extensive waterways and close proximity to the North Sea, Leeuwarden was a major trade post until the 15th century – After this the waters began to recede which saw a decline in activity for the region. As the economic centre of the Friesland province, Leeuwarden has a host of attractions from public parks to canals and historical buildings and is a great base to explore the Frisian Islands.
Lets explore the best things to do in Leeuwarden:
This old structure is actually an unfinished church tower located in the centre of Leeuwarden.
A distinct feature of this tower is its lean – It actually tilts more than the famous leaning tower of Pisa! Originally constructed in the 1500’s as competition to the Martinitoren tower in Groningen, the Oldehove features a brick and sandstone design.
The main attraction of this tower is undoubtedly the view from its pinnacle – You can ascend the winding stairs to the top of the tower and stand out on the roof.
From here you have amazing views of the whole of Leeuwarden and for miles around.