Leeuwarden City Park

Overview

 

Rent a motor-cruiser & bike: Leeuwarden & The Eleven Cities Tour

8 days I Motor-cruiser & Bike I Self-guided tour

Enjoy the Eleven Cities Tour Northern Route from Sneek where you collect your motor-cruiser home and enjoy some additional time in Leeuwarden to experience Friesland’s vibrant capital city which is proud to be crowned ‘European Capital of Culture 2018’ alongside Valletta. Your motor-cruiser can be moored in  Leeuwarden’s quiet and leafy Princentuin which is situated very close to the city centre and ideal for walking or cycling around the city.

Cultural centre, Leeuwarden, has a long history going back to Roman times when it was situated along the ‘Middelzee’ and had close trading links with the Hanseatic cities of Germany and Scandinavia. Today, it’s a lively university town with a pleasant and inviting Old Town and small shops and historic buildings dominating the skyline.

Route description

Please see ‘The Eleven Cities Tour - Northern Route’. The ‘Leeuwarden & The Eleven Cities Tour’ has been shortened in terms of boating distances to include more time to visit 2018's European Capital of Culture. (Day three of the regular Northern route is omitted.)

Tour level 

Nice & Easy:  Short, gentle cycle rides, touring in flat terrain along mostly paved minor roads and paved cycle paths without any gradients of note. Some small and short ascents only in areas where there are drainage dykes and bridges. The cycle tour route is nice and flexible: with a very good map to hand and the excellent cycle track network signposting, you'll have no trouble extending or shortening your bike ride if you like.

Arrivals

Arrival by plane: Arriving in Amsterdam Schiphol airport, take the hourly train directly from the airport via Leeuwarden to Sneek. The rail journey takes approx. 2 hours 50 mins  /cost approx. € 26,00 per person.

Arrival by train: Take the train to Amsterdam Centraal railway station. Change to the train to Hilversum/Leeuwarden. The rail journey takes approx. 2.5 hours / cost approx. € 25.70 per person. Please take a taxi from the railway station in Sneek to the marina where the boats are moored (approx. 4 kms).

Arrival by car: There is free parking available in the enclosed (fenced) car park at Sneek marina.

Highlights 

* De Oude Schouw - famous ferry house by the waterways * Grouw – on Pikmeer, a watersports hotspot also Nature Reserve de Alde Feanen * Aegum – smallest village in Friesland, but acknowledged as its heart factory * Leeuwarden  - 2018 European Capital of Culture, famous historic town with beautiful façades *Franeker – world’s oldest planetarium, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site * Kimswerd – birthplace of freedom-fighter ‘Groet Pier’ * Dokkum – historic town centre, designated conservation area * Barlehiem – a famous ‘Elfstedentocht’ stop *Princenhof and De Oude Venen natural beauty spots * Akkrum – charming Friesland village * Heerenveen – Hollands’ oldest peat canal village * Terhorne – harbour museum.