24 hours in ...Woudsend
The old trading village of Woudsend is located between the Heegermeer and the Slotermeer. The location is perfect for mooring your boat (for free!) In the marina and exploring the village. But even if you are not a water sports enthusiast, it is certainly worth it. We give tips for an ideal 24-hour meal in Woudsend.
Start the day with a nice cup of coffee. From the terrace of "café / restaurant de Watersport" near the bridge you have a direct view of one of the busiest waterways in Friesland. In the summer there is plenty of action from the passing boats. Tip: when the homemade monchou pie is available, you have to try it!
Are you going on the Elfstegentocht? Use the route to wander through the cozy alleys, admire the beautiful houses and Woudsend through different eyes. Each alley has its own story. For example that of alley Kollegat. What names do you read on the wall in this alley? Here, couples in love and engaged have entrusted their relationship to eternity for decades. The wall is still popular with the young people of Woudsend who, to their horror or pleasure, sometimes discern the names of their parents.
Follow and read the route on Elfstegentocht Woudsend, where you immediately see where you are with the GPS on your smartphone. Or get a free route brochure from a store in Woudsend.
Lunch in heavenly spheres? Then interrupt the tour at a unique location at Kerk Restaurant 't Ponkje in Woudsend in the Fermaningsteech. "Ponkje" refers to the Frisian word for church bag, because this restaurant was built in the old Mennonite church of Woudsend. And you can see that: pews, the squat, the organ gallery, the sounding board of the pulpit and the church bags have all been preserved. Good to know: they have a special children's menu card for the children.
In the summer months, on Saturday afternoons, it is interesting to have a look inside De Sint Michaëlkerk. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Friesland and the only surviving eighteenth-century hidden church. There are hostesses and / or hosts who are happy to tell you more.
On the Molestrjitte in Woudsend you will find a seventeenth-century flour mill, still in operation, with its own shop. Cees Notenboom is a miller of Molen Het Lam and grinds various types of grain into flour. Cees obtains the grains as much as possible from organic farmers in the region. The flour goes to bakers in the region, but also to the Frisian beer brewer Us Heit. This makes various special beers from the malt. The mill can be visited and special baking mixes are available in the shop to use at home.
Nice food without frills? Then visit Omke Jan (Frisian for Uncle Jan). Here you will find honest dishes, prepared with as many products as possible directly from the local farmer. Nice detail: the interior was designed by Piet Hein Eek with a tribute to the old farm.
After a beautiful day in Woudsend you can rest at B&B MID83. This old warehouse from 1835 was once built as a mast-maker, but now you can sleep well in the spacious Pakhuiskamer, for example. Sleep well!
After breakfast at B&B MID83 with fair and honest local products, your 24 hours in Woudsend are already over. Fortunately, there are still so many villages and towns to explore in Waterland van Friesland. Have you been to Hindeloopen, praised by Lonely Planet? Have you already stood on top of the Waterpoort of Sneek? Come on, there is no time to waste!
In July and August there is a cozy farmers market on the Waechswâl on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organic sailing and walking excursions are organized from the Loswal. With a farmer's boat you can visit the natural island of the Gouden Boaiem and the farm on the island.
More information and registration via Gouden Boaiem.