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LF Frisian Zuiderzee weekend route

(150.0 km)

Fancy an active weekend break? Why not set off with your touring bike or e-bike and spend the weekend cycling 150 kilometres along Friesland’s Zuiderzee coast.

A beautiful route along the former Zuiderzee coast, now the shore of Lake IJsselmeer. The return journey brings you back through the wetland landscape in the southwest of the province.
Along the way, you get to see some of the beautiful cities on the historic Elfstedentocht route as well as vibrant water sports villages. Water features prominently in the stories all along the route.   

You can start cycling the route at any junction. Click here to see where you can park your car, charge your e-bike and find somewhere to stay along the way.

This route is one of the long-distance weekend routes mapped by Landelijk Fietsplatform, a national organisation that promotes recreational cycling. Part of it runs along the LF Zuiderzee Route.

Sights on this route

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Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

On the Afsluitdijk causeway, at Kornwerderzand, you will find a remarkable building resembling a foaming wave, breaking on the causeway wall: this is the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre.

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Makkum

Makkum

Makkum is een badplaats aan de IJsselmeerkust in Zuidwest Friesland, even ten zuiden van de Afsluitdijk.

wapen van makkum
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Piaam - De Ral - Vogelkijkhut

Piaam - De Ral - Vogelkijkhut

Rietkragen en slikrandjes.

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Aeltsjemeerpolder

Aeltsjemeerpolder

The Aeltsjemeerpolder is an area of peatland near the town of Workum that was reclaimed from a lake in 1877.

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Workum (Warkum)

Workum (Warkum)

Workum is een heerlijk Elfstedenstadje in Zuidwest Friesland, langgerekt van vorm met helemaal aan de westzijde het IJsselmeerstrand.

Workum Fontein
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Workum Lighthouse

Workum Lighthouse

You'll find Workum lighthouse on the Hylperdyk at the entrance to the harbour. It's known as the Toarntsje (little tower), which is very apt for the square white brick tower.

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Hindeloopen (Hylpen)

Hindeloopen (Hylpen)

Hindeloopen is een erg pittoresk Elfstedenstadje aan het IJsselmeer in Zuidwest Friesland. Zelden zie je zo'n sfeervol haventje.

Hindeloopen
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Stavoren (Starum)

Stavoren (Starum)

Stavoren is het oudste Elfstedenstadje gelegen aan het IJsselmeer, een echte bestemming voor watersporters!

Fontein Stavoren
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The Lady of Stavoren

The Lady of Stavoren

From the 15th century on, the flourishing Hanseatic city of Stavoren began to fall upon bad times. It is this period in history that is related in the saga of the Lady of Stavoren. In the saga, all aspects of Stavoren as a trading city are covered.

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Rode Klif (Red Cliff) at Lake IJsselmeer

Rode Klif (Red Cliff) at Lake IJsselmeer

At the edge of Lake IJsselmeer there is a red cliff that is 10 metres high. It was formed during the last ice age but one when the land was pushed up by glaciers that advanced from Scandinavia. The forces exerted by the ice created hills in the landscape.

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Haventje van Laaxum (Laaksum)

Haventje van Laaxum (Laaksum)

Het haventje van Laaxum is een idyllisch plekje in Zuidwest Friesland. We noemen het wel het kleinste vissershaventje van Europa.

Laaksum de Hang
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Mirnserklif

Mirnserklif

If you set off from the Rijsterbos forest and walk in the direction of Lake IJsselmeer you will come to the cliff at Mirns. It is a place that attracts kite surfers, kite flyers and beach lovers. The cliff was formed during the last ice age but one.

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Oudemirdumer Klif (cliff at Oudemirdum)

Oudemirdumer Klif (cliff at Oudemirdum)

The cliff at Oudemirdum is 6 metres high. It was formed during the last ice age but one when the land was pushed up by enormous glaciers that advanced from Scandinavia and deposited large boulders in Gaasterland.

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Sondeler Leien Nature Reserve

Sondeler Leien Nature Reserve

The Sondeler Leien nature reserve is in Gaasterland. The small inland lake here probably formed when the waters of the former Zuiderzee broke through the dikes.

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Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world

Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world

Visit the largest steam pumping station in the world!

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Lemmer

Lemmer

Lemmer is de ultieme combinatie van strand, gezelligheid en UNESCO Werelderfgoed

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Tjeukemeer (Tsjûkemar)

Tjeukemeer (Tsjûkemar)

Het Tjeukemeer (Fries: Tsjûkemar), is het grootste binnenwater van Friesland.

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Langweer (Langwar)

Langweer (Langwar)

Langweer (of Langwar zoals we in Friesland zeggen) is een echte watersport bestemming. Vanuit dit centraal gelegen dorp in het Friese merengebied, kun je alle richtingen uit varen.

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Veerpont Langweerdervaart (Langweer)

Veerpont Langweerdervaart (Langweer)

-De pont vaart op feestdagen volgens de zondagsdienstregeling.

Het veer is voor auto's, fietsers en voetgangers
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Sneek (Snits)

Sneek (Snits)

Elfstedenstad Sneek is een levendige stad in Zuidwest Friesland met een groot winkelaanbod en vele gezellige terrasjes in het centrum.

Waterpoort Sneek
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Water Gate Sneek

Water Gate Sneek

The Waterpoort in Sneek is a water gate, a gate in a defensive wall that connects a city to a waterway. In the 15th and 16th century, a defensive wall had been built around Sneek.

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IJlst (Drylts)

IJlst (Drylts)

Elfstedenstadje IJlst ligt vlakbij Sneek en staat bekend als de houtstad van Friesland.

Molen IJlst
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Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Houtzaagmolen de Rat

Visit wind powered sawmill ‘De Rat’ and step back in time three hundred years!

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Hemdijken

Hemdijken

Om belangrijke landbouwgebieden in het Lage Midden van Friesland werd er vanaf de twaalde eeuw een stelsel van dijkjes aangelegd.

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Jaagpad Tjerkwerd

Jaagpad Tjerkwerd

Een prachtig jaagpad om langs te fietsen of wandelen is het jaagpad bij Tjerkwerd langs de Workumertrekvaart. Je fietst of wandelt direct langs het water.

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Terpdorp Allingawier

Terpdorp Allingawier

Allingawier is een pittoresk terpdorpje, gelegen tussen de IJsselmeerkust en Hanzestad Bolsward. 

Allingawier terpdorp
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Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike

Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dike

The Pingjumer Gulden Halsband is an inner dike that once protected the village of Pingjum from the waters of the Marne, an inlet of the Wadden Sea.

Pingjumer Gouden Halsband dijkje met wandelaar
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Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The stretch of Wadden Sea that faces the little village of Zurich nestled at the foot of the dike is the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Netherlands. Twice a day the tide laps against the dike and twice a day it goes a long way out.

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Kazemattenmuseum

Kazemattenmuseum

On Kornwerderzand at the head of the Afsluitdijk are the famous casemates, largely hidden under sand. Within the metre-thick walls, the period before and from May 1940 is revived.

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Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

On the Afsluitdijk causeway, at Kornwerderzand, you will find a remarkable building resembling a foaming wave, breaking on the causeway wall: this is the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre.

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