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Fryslân - as its official name is since 1996 following the Frisian spelling - is one of the twelve Dutch provinces. It is located in the north of the Netherlands and is, inclusive four Wadden Islands en the Wadden Sea, the largest province of the country.

Fryslân is the only province of the Netherlands with its own official language. The inhabitants are quite proud of it. And travelling through the province you will see many (traffic) signs and street names in the Frisian language. It also has its own ‘national’ anthem (Fryske Folksliet).

The province has eleven cities with city rights; these are not always the largest towns and even sometimes just small villages. They are very famous for the so called ‘Elfstedentocht’; a 200 km’s long ice skating event over frozen canals, rivers and lake and along these eleven cities.
As it is not freezing (enough) every year, the tour can also be done in a different way. For instance by bike, foot or boat (see more info: http://www.visitfryslan.nl/frisian-eleven-cities/eleven-ways-to-do-the-eleven-cities-tour).

The eleven cities are historical towns – the oldest is dating back to the year of 1118 - offering interesting architecture or harbor cities along the IJsselmeer-coast. If interested in a sea/sun holiday you could head for one of the four Frisian Wadden Islands (Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland or Schiermonnikoog).

Fryslân has by far the flattest scenery of the country, although it has some ‘hills’ in the Gaasterland region and along the border with Drenthe, nearby Appelscha. The south-western part has lots of lakes, connected by canals and they do offer great watersport opportunities.

Quite an important part of Fryslân lies below the sea level. That’s the reason you will see many ‘terpen’ - man made dwelling hills - sometimes with complete villages on top, but also with just one church. These ‘hills’ were created to provide safe ground during high tide.

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  • Pros:rather quiet part of the Netherlands
  • Cons:a little bit out-of-the-way province
  • Last visit to Provincie Friesland: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Segolily's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    My husband's Grandparent's families came from Friesland. For generations in one small town. Someday I hope to journey there and visit. I tried so hard to figure out how to get there when we took our trip to France, but it is much too far out of the way.

    • vtveen's Profile Photo
      Dec 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Yes it is quite far away from France. But with your Frisian grandparents you really should visit once. I'm sure you will enjoy.


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