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The 3 Ferries Cycle Tour around Sneek

(50.0 km)

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This wonderful bike ride around Sneekermeer lake includes three ferry crossings. The ferries run throughout the day in the summer. In March and November they sail between 11:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

The water gate city
As you would expect, this cycle tour starts in Sneek, one of Friesland’s historical eleven cities. The city has a famous water gate, so it is also known as ‘the water gate city’. You set off from the VVV tourist office at the Frisian Maritime Museum in the vibrant centre of Sneek. The city is a haven for those who enjoy water sports and has a rich history when it comes to water. Start by heading east out of town.

Griene Dyk 
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This wonderful bike ride around Sneekermeer lake includes three ferry crossings. The ferries run throughout the day in the summer. In March and November they sail between 11:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

The water gate city
As you would expect, this cycle tour starts in Sneek, one of Friesland’s historical eleven cities. The city has a famous water gate, so it is also known as ‘the water gate city’. You set off from the VVV tourist office at the Frisian Maritime Museum in the vibrant centre of Sneek. The city is a haven for those who enjoy water sports and has a rich history when it comes to water. Start by heading east out of town.

Griene Dyk 
You will soon find yourself on Griene Dyk, which means ‘green dike’. This pretty little road leads along the banks of Sneekermeer (Snitsermar) lake. The road is rarely used by motorists and, as its name suggests, it is surrounded by green countryside. You pass the Potschar nature reserve where there are several bird-watching points and continue on to the village of Jirnsum. 

Oude Schouw
You cross the water of the Princess Margrietkanaal and arrive in the hamlet of Oude Schouw. You will see the River Boorne on your left. This confluence of three waterways has been a popular spot in Friesland for centuries. The historic waterside ferry station now houses Hotel-Restaurant De Oude Schouw. 

You cycle past IJsboerderij Boereiis. In the summer, you can enjoy the wonderful dairy ice cream made on the farm. 

Chameleon village
On to the ‘chameleon’ village of Terherne! But don’t expect to find reptiles here. Terherne is referred to as the ‘chameleon’ village because a famous Dutch children’s book series, De Kameleon, was set in and around the village. The village is laced with waterways and situated between Sneekermeer (Snitsermar) lake and Terkaplesterpoelen (Terkaplester Puollen) lake. Who knows? You may see Hielke and Sietse sailing by in their little red boat! 

After Terhene, you pass two restaurants: Pavilion Salt and Picknickers. Both are situated in a beautiful location where you can relax on a terrace with a spectacular view of Sneekermeer (Snitsermar) lake.

Hairpin turns and ponds
You follow the hairpin trail to Goingarijp, a picturesque little village with a bell tower, on the banks of Goëngarijpsterpoelen (Goaiïngarypster Puollen) lake. From here, you cycle past a series of small ponds to the first ferry on this route, which will carry you across the Noorder Oudeweg (Noarder Alde Wei) waterway near Rufus. 

The second ferry
As you head south under the motorway and cycle a short distance along the bank of Langweerderwielen (Langwarder Wielen) lake, you will see the second ferry come into view. The Woudfennen passenger and bike ferry will transport you across the water to the village of Boornzwaag. From here, it is just a short stretch to the charming little village of Langweer with its ancient lime trees and the impressive Osingastate estate. Along the way you pass the Langweerder Molen windmill, which was used to drain the polder and grind rye.

Twin villages
From Langweer, you cycle along Pontdyk road to the third ferry. This ferry is somewhat larger and also transports cars. You disembark on the opposite shore of the Langweerdervaart (Langwarder Feart) waterway and make your way back to Sneek through the twin villages of Uitwellingerga and Oppenhuizen, known locally as Top and Twel.

Highlights of Sneek
You return to the centre of Sneek via junction 50. At the second roundabout (just after the Lidl store), turn left into Anna Paulownastraat. If you continue along the water, you will arrive at the famous Waterpoort water gate that is the symbol of the city. Behind it is the Fountain of Fortuna created by Stephan Balkenhol. End your bike ride with a visit to the Frisian Maritime Museum, the final point on the route, where the VVV tourist office is located.

Refreshments
Want to stop for a drink and a bite to eat along the way? There are plenty of restaurants in Sneek, Terherne and Langweer and also along the route, where you can also charge your e-bike.

Don’t feel like cycling?
There are other options. You can do this route on rollerblades, an electric scooter, an e-chopper...! 

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Sights on this route

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VVV Sneek

VVV Sneek
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Sneek (Snits)

Sneek, or Snits as we say in Friesland, is the water sports city of the Netherlands. But Sneek is more than water sports and the Sneekweek. The city is bustling with events, culture, unique hotspots, and nice shops.

Ontdek Sneek

Sneek (Snits) Waterpoort Sneek
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Potschar Nature Reserve and Groene Dijk Cycle Track and Footpath

The Groene Dijk cycle track and footpath along the bank of Sneekermeer Lake and through the Potschar nature reserve leads past bird observation points, a roost used by bats and sand martins and a canoeing route.

Potschar Nature Reserve and Groene Dijk Cycle Track and Footpath
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Sneekermeer - Potskar - Kijkheuvel met scherm

's Winters is dit een goede plek om nonnetje te zien. Soms komt de ijsvogel voorbij, welke hier in het verleden gebroed heeft. Sijzen, kepen en de kerkuil zijn met wat geluk ook te zien. U kijkt uit...

Sneekermeer - Potskar - Kijkheuvel met scherm
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Sneekermeer

The Sneekermeer (Frisian and official: Snitser Mar) is, of course, known for the Sneekweek, the annual sailing races held on this lake.

Beleef het Sneekermeer

Sneekermeer
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Terherne

Terherne is known as the Kameleon village and is an island in the Sneekermeer. On one side, you'll find the lake, and on the other side, the Terhernster ponds.

Bezoek Terherne

Terherne
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Kameleondorp Terherne

Discover the village Lenten. Look at the village where Hielke and Sietse lived.

Kameleondorp Terherne
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Goaiingarypster Puollen

The Goingarijpster Puollen is connected to the Sneekermeer at multiple locations.

Goaiingarypster Puollen
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Church and bell tower Goïngarijp

The church with the detached bell tower in Goingarijp is once again a gem in the Frisian landscape. The stained glass windows from 1770 are a beautiful attraction for tourists.

Church and bell tower Goïngarijp kerk in Goïngarijp
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Zwettepoel Recreational Lake

Zwettepoel (in Frisian Swettepoel) is an idyllic recreational lake between the villages of Broek and Goingarijp in the Lage Midden or ‘low midlands’ area of Friesland. At one time the lake was connected to the Broekstervaart and Noorder Oudeweg waterways.

Zwettepoel Recreational Lake
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Veerpont Rufus (Broek)

Het pontje vaart op verschillende tijden gedurende het jaar. Van 1 april tot 30 april en van 16 september tot 31 oktober (inclusief herfstvakantie) is het pontje dagelijks beschikbaar van 10.00 tot...

Veerpont Rufus (Broek) De Rufus vaart naar de overkant
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Langweerder Wielen (Langwarder Wielen)

The Langweerder Wielen is located to the west of Joure.

Langweerder Wielen (Langwarder Wielen)
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Strandje Put van Nederhorst

Strandje Put van Nederhorst
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Veerpont Woudfennen (Woudfennen)

Veerpont Woudfennen (Woudfennen) De pont halverwege de oversteek
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The Langweer Mill

In this beautiful and in 2010 completely renovated mill you can now spend the night in nostalgic style.

The Langweer Mill
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Langweer

Langweer is a true watersports destination. From this centrally located village in the Frisian lake area, you can sail in all directions.

Verken Langweer

Langweer
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Noflik by Zwigt & Bosma

Our attractive restaurant with a cozy and sunny terrace is located in the middle of the main street.

Tussenstop: strijk neer op het terras van Noflik

Noflik by Zwigt & Bosma Restaurant Noflik in Langwar
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VVV Langweer

The VVV in Langweer is located in a beautiful monumental building at Buorren 26. The shop is located in the middle of the pleasant main street with the centuries-old lime trees and cozy terraces. The ideal start to your holiday starts at the VVV.

VVV Langweer
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Langweer Church

Several churches have stood on this site. The first was built at the start of the 13th century and destroyed by a fire in 1517. The bell tower church that stands here today was built in 1777.

Langweer Church
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Osinga State

The Osinga State is a stately house opposite the church in Langweer, consisting of multiple residential floors, tall windows, and an imposing entrance staircase.

Osinga State Osinga State Langweer
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Strandje aan de Langweerder Wielen - Langweer

Strandje aan de Langweerder Wielen - Langweer
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Veerpont Langweerdervaart (Langweer)

De pont over de Langwarder Feart biedt een handige verbinding voor zowel auto's als fietsers en wandelaars, waardoor het de kortste route is van Langweer naar Sneek en terug. Als u regelmatig gebruik...

Veerpont Langweerdervaart (Langweer) Het veer is voor auto's, fietsers en voetgangers
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Krista's Terras Bag gallery

Drink a cup of coffee with homemade cake on the terrace at Krista's home. Or pay a visit to Krista's bag gallery in which she presents her own designed leather bags

Tussenstop: bezoek het rustpunt / terras van Krista's tassen galerie

Krista's Terras Bag gallery Terras Tassen Taart Rustpunt Krista's tussen fietsknooppunt 50 en 59 in Friesland
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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.

Water Gate Sneek
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11Fountains Sneek

A man with a Horn of Plenty stands on a golden ball in the middle of the water.

11Fountains Sneek
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IJssalon MIN12 Sneek

Stay cool met een heerlijk ijsje van MIN12.

Eindstop: tijd voor ijs bij MIN12 Sneek

IJssalon MIN12 Sneek
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Frisian Maritime Museum

The Frisian Maritime Museum focuses on the history of Frisian shipping.

Frisian Maritime Museum
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VVV Sneek

VVV Sneek

Directions

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VVV Sneek

VVV Sneek

* (Beperkt) gratis parkeren in Sneek vlakbij het treinstatoin, op een deel van het Bolswarderpoort terrein
* Dan langs de stoplichten, de stad in fietsen op weg naar het VVV kantoor
* Het Kleinzand af fietsen, naar knooppunt 5 aan de Jousterkade
* Linksaf naar knooppunt 51 (rotonde) en bij de rotonde één kwart nemen
* Bij de volgende rotonade weer één kwart, je komt op de Boeierstraat
* Eerste links naar de Oudvaart, dan steeds rechtdoor tot je op de Groenedijk uitkomt
* Hier rechtsaf, en dan bij de twee rotondes steeds rechtdoor de stad uit (langs 49)
* Je fiets op de Griene Dyk en gaat rechtsaf (dus niet door Offingawier)
* Volg de Griene Dyk en steek over bij knooppunt 55
* Bij knooppunt 20 (Jirnsum) rechtsaf slaan naar 21 en 22 
* Bij knooppunt 22 rechtsaf slaan naar Terherne (43)
* Door het dorp naar knooppunt 68 en 65
* Het water over bij Rufus en door naar knooppunt 61 en 62
* Onder de A7 door naar knooppunt 84, hier de pont naar Boornzwaag nemen
* Door Boornzwaag heen naar 91 en 92 (Langweer)
* Door Langweer heen naar 93 en hierna de pont pakken om bij 59 uit te komen
* Na het oversteken van de A7 doorfietsen naar Uitwellingerga en Oppenhuizen
* Terug in Sneek via knooppunt 50. Sla hierna op de twee rontonde (net na de Lidl) links af de Anna Paulownastraat in. Fiets rechtdoor langs het water, dan kom je vanzelf bij Sneekericoon De Waterpoort. Daarachter staat de Fontein van Fortuna. Fiets rechtdoor weer terug naar VVV Sneek in het Fries Scheepvaartmuseum.

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VVV Sneek

VVV Sneek
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  • 51
  • 80
  • 49
  • 55
  • 57
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 43
  • 68
  • 65
  • 61
  • 62
  • 84
  • 91
  • 92
  • 93
  • 59
  • 50

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