Two-day driving tour: Waterworks
This two-day driving tour which is part of the ‘Flowing through Waterland’ story trail takes you to a number of the landmarks of Waterland van Friesland. Inspirational tips along the route will tempt you out of your car, to take a walk or visit an attraction. Autumn and winter are equally charming. It’s time to get acquainted with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a terp village, nature reserves, the only cliffs in the Netherlands and the Afsluitdijk, take a trip on a ferry boat and enjoy all the wide open landscape vistas along your route. Read the stories to discover how water is both friend and foe to the Frisian people.
Sights on this route
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Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the worldWoudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world
Visit the largest steam pumping station in the world!
Tsjûke and Marchje statueTsjûke and Marchje statue
On the foot and cycle path on the south bank of Lake Tjeukemeer near the former steam-powered pumping station in Echten, there is a statue of two ‘suskes’ (the Frisian word for ‘sisters’) that tells the tragic story of Tsjûke and Marchje.
Boulder in RottumBoulder in Rottum
The largest boulder in Friesland lies near the little village of Rottum in Southwest Friesland. It was deposited by glacier ice that advanced from the Uppland region of Sweden during the Saale Ice Age 200,000 years ago.
Frisian Maritime MuseumFrisian Maritime Museum
The Frisian Maritime Museum focuses on the history of Frisian shipping.
Houtzaagmolen de RatHoutzaagmolen de Rat
Visit wind powered sawmill ‘De Rat’ and step back in time three hundred years!
Stichting De PalingaakStichting De Palingaak
Ten zuiden van Woudsend vind je sinds 2007 het Ie-Akwadukt: een aquaduct op het kruispunt van het riviertje De Ie en de N928.
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.
Rode Klif (Red Cliff) at Lake IJsselmeerRode 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.
Little water level house (Peilschaalhuisje) at HindeloopenLittle water level house (Peilschaalhuisje) at Hindeloopen
The little water level house at Hindeloopen looks as if it has always been there. But it was gone for several decades. In 2016, a replica of the little water level house was rebuilt on the original foundations.
De WolvetinteDe Wolvetinte
De Wolvetinte is a beautiful nature reserve near Aent Lieuwespolder that provides ideal habitat for waders and several types of ducks. The quality of the habitat is preserved by the local bird protection agency Fûgelûntwyk It Heidenskip and its partners.
Jaagpad TjerkwerdJaagpad 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.
Het Friese MuseumdorpHet Friese Museumdorp
Welcome to Allingawier! A beautiful, authentic Frisian “terp” village – build on a mound – in the peatland district of Southwestern Friesland. This lush corner of Friesland is also the home of the world-famous Frisian pedigree cattle.
Pingjumer Gulden Halsband inner dikePingjumer 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.
Wadden Sea near Zurich - UNESCO World Heritage SiteWadden 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.
Afsluitdijk Wadden CentreAfsluitdijk 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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TR onto the N359. Follow the road for 3 km, under the A6 motorway. STR TO Oosterzee (Westeind). Through Oosterzee-Buren. At the T-junction, TR TO Echtenerbrug. In Echten, park at the church for a visit to Echten pumping station (cross the road, 400 m walk). In Echtenerbrug, TL TO Rottum. In Rottum, (at the road to the left towards Oudehaske/immediately after the 60km sign) TR and keep left on Oude Postweg. At the end (boulder), TL onto Sydkakke, at the crossroads STR onto Vogelzangweg.
At the end, TR onto Badweg. TL at the end. In Haskerhorne, TL at the church, onto Haulsterweg. After the long S-bend, TR. Follow the signs to Scharsterbrug. Approx. 2 km out of the village, TR TO Langweer. In Langweer, continue STR. Take the ferry over Langwarder Feart (€2.50 per car, no service on Thursdays from 10-12). At the end, TR TO Sneek Aldewei. In Sneek, continue STR, following signs to the Centrum. Immediately after the bridge, TL onto Bothniakade, TR at the end, take the first TR onto Kleinzand (Frisian Maritime Museum, Kleinzand 16). TL at the end, continue STR over the roundabout (keeping the canal to your right). Follow the Prins Hendrikkade. At the traffic lights, TL TO IJlst. At the Arriva train station in IJlst, TL. After the bridge, TL TO Hommerts. After the high bridge, TL to visit De Rat wood sawmill.
After a visit to the Frisian Maritime Museum or an evening tour on board the old eel fishing barge in Heeg, there are plenty of options to stay overnight in Waterland van Friesland. Search and book your hotel room, holiday home or Bed & Breakfast around Sneek, Woudsend or Heeg: www.waterlandvanfriesland.nl/en/visit/staying-overnight
Return to IJlst train station, TL. After Nijesyl, TL. On the outskirts of Heeg, TR. At the next roundabout, TL into Heeg. Follow signs for Centrum. TL onto Nyedijk. TL at the end (the Korneliske Ykes II old eel shipping barge is moored on the other side). Continue STR on over the bridge, leaving Heeg behind. TR at the end and continue STR on over the next roundabout TO Hommerts. In Hommerts, TR, following the signs to Balk. Woudsend aqueduct. At Balk, follow the signs for Bolsward over the first two roundabouts. On the N359, TL TO Ruigahuizen. At the end, TR onto Tsjerkhofleane. At the end, TL onto Nij Amerika. At the end, TR onto Beuckenswijkstraat. After Nijemirdum, take the 1st TL onto Sanfeartsdyk (becomes: Liemerige Wei). TL onto De Dollen. Oudemirdumerklif. TL at the end onto Marderhoek. In Oudemirdum, TL onto Jan Schotanuswei, then 1st TL TO Mirns Huningspaed (becomes: Murnserdyk). Mirnserklif. Carry on through Mirns. TL TO Roode Klif.
Follow the sea dike. In Stavoren, cross the bridge and continue STR onto Schans. With the bridge on your right-hand, TL, and TR at the end, TO the station. At the station, TR. In Molkwerum, pass the church and TL at the T-junction. TR at the end (Bocht fan Molkwar) and follow the sea dike. Continue STR through Hindeloopen. Park at the church for a visit to the Peilschaalhuisje (up the stone steps onto the sea dike, 200 m to the left). Now continue along this road to leave the city behind you. N359, cross over Kleine Wiske. After 3 km, TL onto Heidenskipsterdyk. Just over 2 km further, TR onto Skar. After 1 km, it’s time to park up for a visit to Wolvetinte (approx. 400 m walk). Return to the Heidenskipsterdyk. TR and follow the road through It Heidenskip TO Workum. Cross the railway, TR at the end (Eniggaburen, becomes Trekwei). Continue along this road. In Parrega, TR over the bridge and then TL TO Dedgum Ysgumerwei.
Drive through Dedgum and Arkum, TL TO Tjerkwerd (Jaagpad). At the end, TL over the bridge, and TR onto the N359. Pass under the viaduct, TL twice, TO Exmorra. In Exmorra, TL, through Allingawier terp village, follow the road TO Makkum. TR at the roundabout. In Witmarsum, TL. In Pingjum, TR at the end, and then TL, following signs to Zurich. On arriving in Zurich, you can park at Caspar de Roblesdijk 1, and climb the steps onto the sea dike for a beautiful view of the Wadden Sea. Turn around and leave Zurich the same way you arrived. After 1.5 km, TR onto the A7 motorway; leave it at Kornwerderzand junction, TL over the viaduct to the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center.
Key to symbols:
TR = turn right
TL = turn left
STR = continue straight on
TO = towards
Tjerkwerd = built-up area
Buren = street name
Finish: Afsluitdijk Wadden Center, Afsluitdijk 8752 Kornwerderzand