Southwest Friesland is home to no less than 140 villages and 7 of the famous eleven Frisian cities. Each of the Waterland cities has its own charm. Here, you'll find tell-tale signs of the rich trading past and maritime history. In 2018, we even created a new Elfstedentocht. Not connected by ice like the original skating event, but by the sparkling water of fountains. Where can you find 7 fountains made by 7 top international artists? In the Frisian cities of Waterland van Friesland! Modern art and historic cultural treasures. Water, nature and culture. Bursting at the seams with stories. Discover the secrets of Waterland van Friesland!
Do you want to truly discover Southwest Friesland? Then don't forget to visit our villages. Beautiful, picturesque locations await you, each with their own history and landmarks. And to make it even more fun, some of them are even much larger than our Frisian cities. Plenty to discover there!discover our villages
Within the scope of 'Leeuwarden – Friesland 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe', leading international artists designed fountains for the 11 cities, each one reflecting the history and the character of that particular city. No less than 7 of the 11 fountains can be found in Waterland van Friesland.