In Waterland van Friesland, the area between the Wouda pumping station and the Afsluitdijk, you can enjoy the unique dynamics between water and land. Sail down our waterways and canals, discover our wide open panoramas or hop around our famous 11 Frisian cities. Cycle past waving reeds or take to the Frisian lakes. Welcome to Waterland van Friesland.
When arriving at Lemmer, you cannot miss it: a 60-metre-high chimney of one of the Netherlands' most beautiful and innovative monuments: UNESCO World Heritage Ir. D.F. Wouda pumping station. Since 1920, this pumping station has been discharging excess water from the Frisian basin waters at times of high water levels.
Cities and villages
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. Bursting at the seams with stories.Check out the cities and villages
The completion of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 was a game changer for Waterland van Friesland. While we were protected against the sea, the fishing industry was almost annihilated. At the Afsluitdijk Wadden Center in Kornwerderzand, you can discover the stories of Dutch Delta Design, UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, the fish migration river and the new, future-proof Afsluitdijk and IJsselmeer lake.
Ik laitsje nei de mar
De mar laket werom
Ik dûnsje yn de see
De see dunset werom
Ik knypeagje nei de fontein
De fontein knypeaget werom
Ik stek myn tonge út nei de wetterplasse
De wetterplasse hat de gek mei my
Ik boartsje mei de refleksjes fan it wetter
It wetter dat dit lân foarme hat
Lit ik mysels genôch sjen?