Hindeloopen, or Hylpen as we say in Friesland, is known for its painting and stylish costumes from the past. Go on a journey to the picturesque town and discover the history of this important trading city on the IJsselmeer. Walk over the many bridges, authentic town houses and find special vistas. Be sure to visit the first Frisian Iceskating Museum with the largest collection of skates in the world. Hindeloopen is also the setting for popular events such as the Elfstedentocht and the IFKS Skûtsjesilen. In 2018 the Lonely Planet named Hindeloopen a 'top experience'. Come and visit this beautiful city.
Visit Museum Hindeloopen
Start your journey of discovery at this museum. Discover the unique painted interiors with graceful patterns of flowers, leaves and birds. See where the beautifully decorated cotton fabrics with combinations of flowers and checks come from. After visiting the museum, you can see painters at work in studios in the city. Traditional and with innovative applications. The colorful fabrics are also for sale at shops in Hindeloopen.
Read more about the Church of Hindeloopen
The 'skyline' of Hindeloopen is already defined from miles away by the Grote Kerk. This national monument was rebuilt in 1590, after the old church was destroyed during the Eighty Years' War. After several extensions and a replacement, the current octagonal spire was placed in 1724 to crown the tower. On it you see a dome and a beautiful wind vane in the shape of a sailing ship.
Read more about the fountain
The beautiful fountain 'Flora and Fauna' by the Chinese artist Shen Yuan was created for the art project 11fountains. She was inspired by the city coat of arms of Hindeloopen in which a tree of life is surrounded by a deer and a doe. In Shen's view, the tree symbolizes life energy and wisdom. If you sit on the large wooden antlers that surround the fountain, you will see water-spitting exotic birds talking to each other. Who would they be talking about?
A reminder of the folktale 'it Kweade Wiif fan Hylpen' can still be found on the house at the Buren 44 in Hindeloopen. A gable stone shows a dog with an angel above it, which has spread its wings above the dog.
Read more on the lifeboat house
A particularly photogenic building and location is the azure blue lifeboat house KNRM on the dike in Hindeloopen. The old lifeboat house from 1911 has become a national monument. In the days of the Zuiderzee, the KNRM sailed in Hindeloopen to save sailors from drowning, but nowadays they keep a watchful eye on water sports enthusiasts and tourists.
Visit the locks and Sylhús
Hindeloopen is rich in national monuments, such as the lock and the associated Sylhús. The lock was already there in the 17th century and forms the connection for pleasure boating between the center and the harbor and IJsselmeer. Watch how the lock passage always provides entertaining scenes in high season. Or take a seat on the lie bank under the roof of the Sylhús and hear the most fantastic stories from the 'locals'.
Visit the Iceskating museum
The complete history of the heroic Elfstedentocht can be found in the first Frisian iceskating museum. The museum now also has the largest collection of skates and sleds in the world. As well as the world's largest skate that measures no less than 6 meters and 11 cm. Details of all winners of the Elftstedentocht can also be seen. And rarities, like a frozen toe. In the accompanying restaurant, the Frisian ''doorloper'', you can catch your breath with something delicious.
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Elegant patterns of flowers, leaves and birds on wooden furniture and also on souvenirs characterize the Hindelooper Painting. Visit one of the few painters in Hindeloopen who still has this art or try to master it yourself by participating in a workshop.
Hindelooper Traditional costume
In the 17th century, the Hindelooper women regularly crossed the Zuiderzee in the barge to wave their sailors off or to pick them up in Amsterdam. There they saw exotic treasures, such as beautifully decorated cotton fabrics. At home they used the fabrics in their own costumes. Combining flowers and materials resulted in a colorful whole.
First Frisian Iceskatingmuseum
The Frisian Elfstedentocht is the oldest and also the first skating tour along the eleven cities of Friesland. On January 2, 1909, the first Elfstedentocht on iceskates took place. Really wintery weather is needed with sufficient and severe frost. The last Eleven Cities Tour took place on January 4, 1997. The tour of more than 200 kilometers has taken place 15 times so far. In the Iceskating Museum you will learn more about the Tour of ToursRead more about the museum
Walking on the dike
Get to know the walking route between the two Frisian Hanseatic cities: Stavoren and Hindeloopen, located on the former Zuiderzee. On the IJsselmeerdijk you walk among the sheep along the nature reserve of the Fryske Gea: the Bocht van Molkwar. During this 11 km long route it is nice and challenging because of the fences that you have to climb over every now and then. To go back to Stavoren you take the Arriva train in a relaxed way. So put on your walking shoes and walk along the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.Look at the route
“ This is Hindeloopen, one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Friesland. ”Esther, lifelicious.nl
Tourist information Hindeloopen
The Tourist Information in Hindeloopen is located at the Museum Hindeloopen. You will always be personally attended by a 'local'. So ask them about everything you want to know about experiences in Southwest Friesland. Also pick up the free inspiration magazine and the inspiration newspaper full of events and stories.Visit the Tourist Information