"Elfstedentocht 1996 (or 1997)" Top 5 Page for this destination Harlingen by Mique

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The only time i was ever in Harlingen as far as i can remember was for the Elfstedentocht in 1996 (or 1997). I don't remember the year but it has to be one of those since those years where the only years there was an elfstedentocht since 1986. And i would have been much younger then ;-)

For those of you who don't know what the Elfstedentocht is.. It is a 200 kilometer tour through 11 cities in Friesland hence the name Elfstedentocht (11-cities tour). It starts and ends in Leeuwarden. And since the official first organised tour in 1909 it has been held only 15 times! But when the ice is thick enough and the ice-master declares that the ice is ok, the whole of the Netherlands stops turning! It is THE event. Every office, school, institution has TV's everywhere so people can follow the event. And the people who can, go up to Friesland to be there and support the skaters (and party of course).

But when the tour is held, it is usually very very cold... This year it wasn't too bad (though still very cold). But it is recorded that with some tours it was soo cold people lost toes and such...

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  • In a nutshell:Great place to celebrate the Elfstedentocht!
  • Last visit to Harlingen: Jan 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2004 at 3:07 AM

    I have heard about the Elfstedentocht, but this is the first time, I have seen pics! You did not go ALL the way, did you???


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