Things to do in Friesland

Our most recommended things to do in Friesland

Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Day Trip w/ Boat Tour

1. Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Day Trip w/ Boat Tour

Climb aboard an air-conditioned coach and travel through a typical Dutch landscape for 1.5 hours en route to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. Experience how the Dutch people live with, and on, the water upon arrival, and set off to explore on foot and by boat. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a town where cars are forbidden and little has changed over the centuries. Admire the many types of boats in the town, from gondolas to punters and flat-bottom vessels used as transportation on the canals. Cruise past the skillfully restored farmhouses on a 1-hour boat trip, and get some free time for lunch and to explore on your own. Get tips from your guide on what to see and where to eat. Continue to the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), the 32-kilometer dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. The Netherlands is famed the world over for the way it deals with water management. Admire the Afsluitdijk, built to tame what was formerly the Zuiderzee (now the Ijsselmeer lake), and a prime example of Dutch water prowess.

From Amsterdam: UNESCO World Heritage VIP Tour

2. From Amsterdam: UNESCO World Heritage VIP Tour

Leave the busy city center of Amsterdam and explore the UNESCO-listed sights of the city on a fun and friendly VIP full-day tour.   Start the day by visiting the world-famous Beemster Polder and the Defense Line of Amsterdam. Discover how the Dutch were masters over the water as early as the 16th century by reclaiming land and using water in battles against enemy attacks.   Next, visit the world-famous Afsluitsdijk (Enclosing Dyke). Wander around on this amazing dyke while you enjoy a wonderful view of Ijssel lake. Cross the dyke to the next UNESCO site on the list: Wadden Sea. Visit a small museum and enjoy a cup of Dutch hot chocolate as you learn about the building and opening of the dyke.   Then, head to picturesque Woudsend, a small and charming village in Friesland for a tour guided by a local. Visit an antiquity room dating back to the early 1700s, giving you a sneak peek inside a hidden church and a traditional working windmill. Enjoy a delicious Dutch farmer’s restaurant inside a special restaurant.   Next, visit the impressive Ir. D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, where you’ll enjoy the grand tour by one of the operators. The last stop of the day will be the “island” of Shockland, where you’ll stand on former seabed and learn about this unique area.   By the end of the day you’ll be back in Amsterdam after a full day exploring this great little country.

Leeuwarden: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

3. Leeuwarden: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

With the Escape Tour Leeuwarden you end up in the year 1664 and you take on the role of the stadtholder of Friesland: Willem Frederik van Nassau, also known as 'De Pechvogel'. After an affair with his wife's sister, his life was no longer certain, because his fierce brother-in-law had opened a manhunt for him in Leeuwarden. So he had to look for the secret exit! Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the Saint Boniface church, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Leeuwarden: In-App Sherlock Holmes City Game

4. Leeuwarden: In-App Sherlock Holmes City Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Leeuwarden along the way. Make your way through the city by downloading the game app that will lead you around with specific directions. Take part in a unique adventure, full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this criminal case, stopping to explore the area whenever you wish to. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast while you come across iconic sites, such as the Stadswaag.

Bolsward: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

5. Bolsward: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

Escape from 18th-century Bolsward during this exhilarating smartphone tour. Get to know Wobke, a member of the militia, and help him find Bolsward's secret passages. Find clues and solve riddles that will take you through the historic buildings in the city center. Get lost in the story of Wopke, a member of the militia. Help him to escape the clutches and foil the nefarious plans of Willem V who has control of the city. Choose your starting time with your teammates and have the freedom to begin at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks as you go. Find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. Search for clues and marvel at the beautiful sights of the town in a new way. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour.

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What people are saying about Friesland

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We had a very enjoyable trip to Giethoorn. Gerda our guide did an excellent job of keeping us informed in both English and Spanish of what we were seeing along the way. Giethoorn is a beautiful town and definitely worthwhile seeing.

Good trip to a nice Friesland village, ample time to look around and do a bit of shopping, have nice lunch and come back by 6.30 pm . Tour guide was good.

The itinerary was perfect! There was ample time to explore Giethoorn. Our guide Gerda was amazing!

It was a great excursion ! Highly recommend! Ian our tour guide was excellent!

Everything is perfect except the weather. I wish is a sunny day