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Blog: 7 Things to see and do in Sneek

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Largest Eleven Cities city and the capital of Friesland's Waterland. Sneek, also known as the water city, is best known for the Sneekweek and the Waterpoort. But Sneek has many more treasures to discover. It is above all a place of pleasant conviviality: good food and drinks, grab a terrace, look at nice shops, stroll along the water. In short, Sneek is more. Read here 7 tips to see and do for your visit to Sneek.

Discover the 7 treasures of Sneek


Did you know that in Friesland almost all freight was transported by water in the past? And that public transport also largely went by water? And why is Sneek actually called Waterstad..? See, read and hear all about it in the Fries Scheepvaart Museum. Also visit the exhibition about skating in Friesland and the Elfstedentocht.

Visit the Frisian Shipping Museum
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Near the Waterpoort is the fountain by artist Stephan Balkenhol, which belongs to the art project '11fountains'. The man wears the 'horn of plenty' and tries to hold his own on a spinning golden ball. It symbolizes the alternating periods of ups and downs of Sneek.a

Read more about the fountain
De fontein van Sneek is een meneer die op een gouden bal staat met een hoorn. De hoorn leunt op zijn schouder. De fontein staat voor de Waterpoort in Sneek.

3/ water gate

With its octagonal towers and bridge, the symbol of Sneek. Did you know that the clock is always 5 minutes ahead? This dates from the time when the Waterpoort still belonged to the city wall around the city. Then people would have enough time to leave or enter the city in time. Because at night everything was locked.

Visit the Water Gate
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4/ martini Church

The Grote or Martinikerk is located on a mound in the center of Sneek. Almost 1,000 years old and with a checkered history of collapse, austerity and reconstruction. Could it be because the Frisian freedom fighter 'Grutte Pier' is buried here?

Visit the Martini church
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5/ cultuur kwartier sneek

Lovers of culture, music and art can indulge themselves in Sneek. Within walking distance of each other in the center you will find a theater, pop stage and arts center. Together they form Cultuur Kwartier Sneek. Take a look at a well-known or less well-known performance in the intimate Theater Sneek, a real eye-catcher with its 23 meter high tower. Or go out for an evening in the Bolwerk where greats such as The Offspring, De Dijk and Douwe Bob have previously performed on this pop stage. Atrium Arts Center offers music lessons and cultural courses and activities.

Visit Cultuur Kwartier Sneek
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6/ town hall

The rich times of Sneek are clearly reflected in the facade of the City Hall. The beautiful baroque platform and facade in rococo style are examples of prosperity. The facade houses many hidden messages and reads like a picture book. Well worth a look.

Read more about the town hall
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7/ The birthplace of clothing concern C&A

C&A is known all over the world. This clothing group employs no fewer than 40,000 people worldwide. And to think that the first C&A store was founded in 1841 in Sneek by two men: Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer. The statue 'Lapkepoep and Frisian farmer' is a reminder of this…

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