Culture in the city

Discover Leeuwarden in the winter: the capital of Friesland, start and finish of the Frisian Eleven Cities Tour (Elfstedentocht), city of the House of Orange-Nassau, Mata Hari and the European Capital of Culture 2018!

Discover Leeuwarden!

Not only is Leeuwarden a beautiful city to see in the autumn and winter, but there is also plenty to do. Why not go skating on Leeuwarden’s ice rink, the Elfstedenhal or take an ice hockey- or curling lesson instead. Rather not find yourself on thin ice? Then discover the city on foot by joining one of the many city tours on offer, such as the Street Art Tour.

If you fancy something cultural, visit one of Leeuwarden’s many museums. Get to know Rembrandt & Saskia in the Frisian Museum, or visit the Pier Pander Museum or the Princessehof Museum of Ceramics. Lovers of theatre and music can visit venues such as Neushoorn, The Harmonie, Podium Asteriks or Blokhuispoort. Here, you can enjoy one of the many exhilarating performances and shows.

Rembrandt & Saskia- Love in the Dutch Golden Age

Friesland's most famous bridal couple forms the leitmotiv of the exhibition. Through the couple’s experiences visitors discover the ins and outs of a high society marriage during the seventeenth century. From the early stages of courtship, fairytale-like weddings and the founding of a family to the pitfalls of marriage such as child mortality and adultery. Marriage portraits, intimate sketches and personal objects tell the story of how love and suffering were shared in the Dutch Golden Age.


Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, Saskia en profil in rijk gewaad, 1633-1642, olieverf op paneel Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister