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Mantgum - Sneek | Elfstedenpad Hiking Trail: Section 2

(18.6 km)

In the village of Mantgum where this section of the trail starts, you can see the imposing properties built by retired landowners with beautiful gardens and majestic mature trees. From here you head east and pick up the towpath along the Zwette canal.

This leads you south through kilometres of open meadowland. The skaters competing in the Elfstedentocht would complete this part of the route in the dark because they had just started and had a long way to go.

You pass the little villages of Boazum and Scharnegoutum along the way and walk through the Zwettebos nature park in Sneek.  

The trail ends in the vibrant centre of the Frisian city of Sneek where you wend your way through the city streets to the famous Waterpoort water gate on the west side of the city.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Hegedyk 2
9022 BW Mantgum
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78
33
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St Martin’s Church Fresco

St Martin’s Church Fresco

While restoration work was being carried out at St Martin’s Church in Boazum, a remarkable fresco was discovered. The 12th-century church is one of the oldest Roman churches in Friesland. The fresco is very unusual in that it shows Jesus without a beard.

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Martini church

Martini church

On a raised mound in the centre of Sneek, we find the Great (Martini) church. Almost 1000 years old and with an eventful history of collapse, austerity and redevelopment. Could it be because the Frisian freedom fighter 'Grutte Pier' is buried here?

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11Fountains Sneek

11Fountains Sneek

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

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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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End point: Lemmerweg 45
8607 AA Sneek

Directions

Starting point: Hegedyk 2
9022 BW Mantgum
  • Je wandelt Mantgum oostwaards uit, op weg naar knooppunt 37, hier start je met lopen langs het water van De Zwette naar 78.
  • Langs de Zwette wandel je een heel eind zuidwaarts, naar 33. Dan passeer je het dorpje Boazum.
  • Vervolgens 46 - 41 volgen naar Scharnegoutum (32). Vanuit hier door naar het Sneker Zwettebos (20).
  • Vervolgens laverend door Sneek om te eindigen net voorbij de Waterpoort (41).  
End point: Lemmerweg 45
8607 AA Sneek
  • 75
  • 37
  • 78
  • 33
  • 46
  • 41
  • 32
  • 20
  • 41

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