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Witmarsum - Harlingen | Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail: Stage 11

(16.9 km)

Stage 11 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you from the village of Witmarsum, the birthplace of the famous Anabaptist leader Menno Simons, to the port city of Harlingen.

Menno Simons grew up to be a priest and brought fame to his birthplace as the founder of the Mennonite Church, which was part of the Anabaptist movement. The steel skeleton of a church marks the spot at It Fliet in Witmarsum where Menno once preached. The monument attracts many visitors, especially from the United States. 

You walk across the meadows in a northerly direction to the village of Arum, where you circle the church and end up on an ancient ring dike known as Pingjumer Gulden Halsband, the ‘Gold Collar of Pingjum’.

The discovery of imp…

Stage 11 of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail takes you from the village of Witmarsum, the birthplace of the famous Anabaptist leader Menno Simons, to the port city of Harlingen.

Menno Simons grew up to be a priest and brought fame to his birthplace as the founder of the Mennonite Church, which was part of the Anabaptist movement. The steel skeleton of a church marks the spot at It Fliet in Witmarsum where Menno once preached. The monument attracts many visitors, especially from the United States. 

You walk across the meadows in a northerly direction to the village of Arum, where you circle the church and end up on an ancient ring dike known as Pingjumer Gulden Halsband, the ‘Gold Collar of Pingjum’.

The discovery of imported Carolingian wheel-thrown pottery shows that the mound dwellers who lived in this region were involved in the Frisians’ international trade across the North Sea, the Rhine and the Baltic from very early on.

A pleasant detour from the trail takes you to the village of Kimswerd, the birthplace of the legendary Frisian freedom fighter Grutte Pier. In front of the beautiful old church, which is worth seeing, there is a statue commemorating the rebel leader and pirate from Kimswerd with his giant man-sized sword.

Here, you turn left and make your way to Harlingen along the high Wadden Sea dike.   

This route is part of the Klooster Claercamppad pilgrimage trail.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Kerkplein 2
8748 BP Witmarsum
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Menno Simons Monument

Menno Simons Monument

Even buiten Witmarsum, aan Het Fliet, staat het Menno Simons-monument. Menno Simons werd in 1496 geboren in Witmarsum en werd nadat hij tot priester werd gewijd aangesteld in Pingjum en Witmarsum.

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Doopsgezinde kerk Witmarsum

Doopsgezinde kerk Witmarsum

Gebouw en tuin van de doopsgezinde kerk in Witmarsum

Hier moet u zijn! De deur staat open.
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Arumer Groenedijk

Arumer Groenedijk

De Arumer Groenedijk is een dwarsdijk gelegen in de Marneslenk, waarmee een gedeelte van deze slenk werd ingepolderd.

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Hegewiersterfjild

Hegewiersterfjild

The Hegewiersterfjild nature reserve near the village of Kimswerd is close to the Wadden Sea. This makes it an attractive breeding ground for waders and meadow birds. Many black-tailed godwits, redshanks, oystercatchers and lapwings nest here in spring.

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Harlingen Beach

Harlingen Beach

Harlingen Beach is within walking distance of the historic city centre. The beach is the perfect place to enjoy a breath of fresh air and laze in the sun. Walk on the foreshore,...

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De Stenen Man statue at Harlingen

De Stenen Man statue at Harlingen

The Stenen Man (Stone Man) is a statue that was erected in Harlingen in 1576. Today, it is a national monument that sits on the Westerzeedijk next to the beach at Harlingen. In 1570, a storm...

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End point: Stationsweg 1
8861 GA Harlingen
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