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Discover Elfstedenstad Workum and its surroundings

Workum (or Warkum as we say in Friesland), is one of the famous Frisian cities that has enjoyed city rights since 1399. Located on the shores of the former Zuiderzee and bordering the Frisian lakes, Workum was an important merchant city for the region. Simply walking around the old city centre is an attraction in itself. Along the route, you'll encounter the many stepped gables, saddle roofs and the Great (St. Gertrude) church. No wonder the city became a protected heritage area in 1988. You can admire the intimate paintings by rag and bone man Jopie Huisman and there is also a museum that will introduce you to the rich history of Workum.Or visit the beach because this Elfstedenstad, located on the IJsselmeer, has an ideal beach for children and (kite) surfers because the water is shallow. As a result, Workum is also a busy place in summer! Plan your visit and discover below where you can stay in Workum, what there is to do in Workum and where you can have a bite to eat in the area. Have fun in Workum.

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The 'strontrace' is the main annual event in Workum. It centres around the historic ships that must sail to Warmond, transporting a bag of manure as quickly as possible. The so-called strontweek ('stront' is Dutch for manure) also includes many different activities, some of which you can join in. Race one of the sailing ships over the dike to the IJsselmeer lake, step on board the Beurtveer ferryboat, visit the fishing days, sail a model boat, and much more!

Foto van de strontrace in Workum, groot zeilboot op het water

Jopie Huisman Museum

The Jopie Huisman Museum is dedicated to the work and life of the Frisian self-taught master painter Jopie Huisman. The human dimension is the common thread in his oeuvre. You can see his love for nature, his compassion and also his ability to give value to the small, modest and discarded. Jopie was also known as a narrator of tasty anecdotes, often exaggerated. Jopie takes you into his world and makes you share in his passions.

Botervlootje met suiker Jopie Huisman

A city with a real beach

The beach at Workum, also called It Soal, can be found about 3.5 kilometers from the center of Workum. This beach is ideal for a day with the family. The water is shallow, so children can play safely. This beach is also very popular with water sports enthusiasts because of the shallow water and the wind always blows favorably. The perfect conditions to master kiting. You often see these colorful kites above the IJsselmeer, and that image alone is worth a visit.

Stand van Workum in zomer



Tourist Information Workum

At the Tourist Information in Workum 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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