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Visit Sneek: Water sports city of Friesland

Discover Elfstedenstad Sneek, its surroundings and the Sneekermeer

Want to visit Sneek? Here are some tips from VVV Waterland of Friesland for your visit. What should you not miss? Where can you spend the night? And what is there to do in Sneek? Sneek, or Snits as we say in Friesland, is the water sports city of the Netherlands. Every year, the largest sailing competition event on inland waterways in Europe takes place in Sneek: the Sneekweek. But Sneek is more than water sports and the Sneekweek. The city is bustling with events, culture, unique hotspots, and nice shops. Also, don’t forget to discover the surrounding villages and the Sneekermeer (the Lake of Sneek). Don’t wait and plan your visit to Sneek today.

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Waterpoort Sneek

The Waterpoort in Sneek is the most famous icon of the city. With its octagonal towers and bridge, this water gate is the symbol of Sneek. If you take a cruise on the canals you will sail under the Waterpoort. Come and discover the Waterpoort with your own eyes!

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Waterpoort Sneek bij nacht


This largest inland sailing event in Europe starts on the first Saturday of August and is preceded by the naval review on Friday evening. The Sneekweek is not only a must for the true sailing fan but also for people who just love fun and conviviality. The (outdoor) cafés, the music, the fair; in short, the Sneekweek is one big party!

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straat vol mensen tijdens sneekweek


The Sneekermeer is the water sports hotspot of Friesland. Of course during the Sneekweek, with about 700 sailing boats, one of the largest sailing competitions on European inland waters, but also around it. At the Sneekermeer you can enjoy the beach or one of the terraces on the water. Cycle around the lake or rent a sloop or sup and discover the lake and the pools around it.

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twee zeilers met een rode jas op een zeilbootje tijdens de sneekweek

Canal cruise in Sneek

Sneek is also called a small version of Amsterdam, and if you visit the city centre, you understand why! Around the old town of Sneek runs the city canal. A canal full of history that will be part of the next Elfstedentocht (the famous tour skating event)! As long as it is not yet freezing, you can go on an interesting cruise. The crew will show you the nicest and most charming places of Sneek. The low passage height of the bridges in the old town makes sure it is an adventure. You will even sail under the famous Waterpoort.

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Tourist Information Sneek

At the Tourist Information in Sneek 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.

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