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.

Leeuwarden: Canal tour on unique Frisian boat

2. Leeuwarden: Canal tour on unique Frisian boat

In our Second Screen Canal tour the historical city center of Leeuwarden will be explored in a unique way. We have two screens; the first screen is the scenery of Leeuwarden the second screen is a television on board where we show pictures of what the city looked like before. Enjoy the lovely weather alongside the scenes of Leeuwarden. We will pick you up in the city center and drop you off there as well. When you have finished the tour you have access to a 10% discount at a nearby cafe where you can grab a drink and something to eat.

Leewarden: AquaZoo Entry Ticket

3. Leewarden: AquaZoo Entry Ticket

Spend an adventurous day outdoors with a pre-booked entry ticket to AquaZoo Leeuwarden. Meet polar bears face to face, admire playful red pandas, join a seal adventure, and walk the beach with the penguins. Make your visit extra special with the zoo’s newest inhabitants. Located along the waterways in the Dutch province of Friesland, AquaZoo Leeuwarden is sure to give you an unforgettable zoo experience. The location offers you a truly smashing and splashing day out with its comprehensive variety of animals. Come face level with the Amur (Siberian) tigers and marvel at the Pere David's deer, now extinct in the wild. Keep your eyes peeled for the awe-inspiring red pandas and the South American capibaras and nandus. Make sure to meet some of the zoo’s newest inhabitants during your visit.  

Leeuwarden: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

4. 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!

Self-Guided City Walking Tour with Audio Guide in Leeuwarden

5. Self-Guided City Walking Tour with Audio Guide in Leeuwarden

Explore the beautiful city-center of Leeuwarden at your own pace. This self-guided audio tour will take you to all the well-known spots and undiscovered gems of Leeuwarden. The audio guide will tell you all the historical and current ins and outs of each place. One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands filled with monuments and canals, that is Leeuwarden. The capital of Friesland is known, among other things, for the herbal liqueur Beerenburg, Cambuur, and Leeuwarden is the start and finish of the Elfstedentocht, the world's most iconic and famous ice- skating race in which 200 kilometers on natural ice must be covered along 11 Frisian cities. Dive into the stories of the city during this interesting audio tour of Leeuwarden. You walk, among others, along the Jacobijnerkerk, the Waag, Blokhuispoort and impressive statues such as Anne Vondeling and De Frisiaan. Moreover, it is not necessary to go to Pisa to admire a leaning tower. Find out the story of the leaning Oldehoven tower during this city walk Go on a journey of discovery with your self-guided audio guide and get to know Leeuwarden and its history in a unique way.

Leeuwarden: Sherlock Holmes Self-guided Smartphone City Game

6. Leeuwarden: Sherlock Holmes Self-guided Smartphone City Game

Experience the excitement of being a detective and join the thrilling Sherlock Holmes game with your team. While celebrating freedom at the Liberty Festival, a man named Balthazar, the head of Homeland Security, is found dead with a knife in his back. The police have apprehended four suspects and it's up to you to solve the case and uncover the truth. By moving around the city you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder. During this murder mystery you can check your progress on the suspect board. Can you solve the murder? Play Sherlock Holmes! IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Date: to book this game you have to choose a date, BUT you can play, pause & continue whenever you like. - Persons: 1 player stands for 1 team. - Note: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field, but does not provide any information about the city!

"The Walter Case" Leeuwarden : outdoor escape game

7. "The Walter Case" Leeuwarden : outdoor escape game

🕵️‍♀️ THE WALTER CASE 💣 While investigating a banal blackmail story against a billionaire CEO, you learn that a bomb is hidden in the city, ready to explode in two hours! You are the only one with enough skills to crack the case. Play as a private detective and experience an immersive investigation in the heart of the city. Interrogate the witnesses and collect the clues along your way to be able to defuse the bomb in time! YOUR AVENTURE STARTS NOW! 🎭 A fun city tour with an offbeat scenario 🧠 Solve riddles along the way to crack the case 👀 Find the clues that are hidden on the monuments around you 💎 Explore the must-see places & discover some hidden gems 🔐 Unlock fun facts about the places you visit ⌚ Play at your own rhythm: start and pause whenever you want 💬 The Coddy team is available for you 7/7 via live chat (9AM-8PM)

Bolsward: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

8. 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.

Leeuwarden: Syndicate City Escape Game

9. Leeuwarden: Syndicate City Escape Game

With this self-guided game, you can explore the city and engage with its surroundings as you immerse yourself in this role-playing, story-based game! The laboratory has been developing highly potent formulas, which are too dangerous for any individual to possess. Unfortunately, the trusted alchemist, Magnus, has stolen all six formulas from the unbreakable safe and intends to use them for his own nefarious purposes. In this game, each member of your group becomes a character with a vital role in the mission. Everyone will play a fundamental part in achieving success. To progress, you will encounter challenging puzzles, riddles, and photo tasks that will require you to explore the city. Your primary objective is to apprehend Magnus and recover the stolen formulas, but time is of the essence, so don’t delay and start playing The Syndicate now! IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: medium - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only have to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people). 1 ‘Adult’ stands for 1 ticket. Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like.

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based on 539 reviews

Such a cute fairytale like village!! Definitely 100% recommend!! This is a once in a lifetime experience and should be on every bucket list, it is one of the cutest places I’ve ever been!! Ig: @ cassieofearth for pics and YouTube : Cassandra Beatrice for video :)

It’s a beautiful place and I would recommend it’s a must visit. Please do take some time from you schedule and do plan to visit this place. You will feel very close to the nature. But do check the weather forecast before booking.

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.

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

Well orgenized, good guiding, very nice people, beautiful place