Balk used to be a thriving village that was part of Harich. In the 16th century, Balk was plundered by Spanish soldiers, after which the village rose towards independence. In the 18th century, the village was known in the entire southwest corner for its butter trade. The Frisian village is situated on the Luts, a small river that is built on at both sides. The historic core of the village, with monumental buildings near the Slotermeer, is classified as protected rural area.
Events and activities
Shops, terraces, and passing boats make Balk a lively water sports village. On the edge of the Slotermeer, a large marina can be found, and two sailing schools are established along the river. The most striking piece of the eleven-city sailing and cycling trail runs through the Gaasterland forest towards the Fluessen. It is possible to moor at the pleasant beach pavilion and along the Luts. In summer, a skûtsje (old Frisian sailing vessel) serves as a ferry between Balk and Heeg, so that cyclists can extend their route. In the winter months, a sailing competition called the Berenburgcup takes place, in which the boats head towards the Slotermeer.
The village is located in the municipality Fryske Marren. Balk has just over four thousand inhabitants and houses as many as 33 national monuments.