Things to do in Leeuwarden

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A Guide to Leeuwarden

Join one of the local guides of A Guide to Leeuwarden. They know all the city’s hidden places and love to tell you about its history, but they also know where to find the nicest shops and the best graffiti. Of course, they also know where to go for food or drink after the tour. Book a tour for your birthday, neighbourhood party, family weekend or staff outing. We offer several different walks with different themes. Check our website for more inspiration.

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  • 0.00km from the centre
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Comical, interactive tour through Prison De Blokhuispoort

Master Burglar Aage M. escaped the Blokhuispoort in 1974. Guards Waakstra and De Weg know all about this escape and will tell you about the Blokhuispoort and its inhabitants. Do you think you can escape just like Aage M.? Are you just as witty and can you knot sheets like no-one else? Walk and laugh with us, learn about two centuries of prison history in cultural capital Leeuwarden’s city centre. The theatrical tour is educative, impressive, and surprisingly entertaining. Many have gone before you. Usually, they returned.

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  • 0.05km from the centre
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The Tasty City Walk

After a warm welcome to our nostalgic establishment with some coffee/tea and orange cake, you are send off. We tour the city and its nicest streets. During the walk, your guide will tell you stories about Leeuwarden, past and present. Modern, nostalgic, and tasty stores have a treat ready specially for your company: from smoothies to Frisian cheeses, from Mediterranean snacks to sweet juices. Discover Leeuwarden in the tastiest way! We end the tour with an extensive tasting of local products... Enjoy this tasty discovery tour! Cost: € 27.50 per person (from 8 persons upwards)

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  • 0.06km from the centre
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Sherlock Holmes City Game

After an explanation with a drink, every team is send off with a tablet. Like a true Sherlock Holmes you combine logic and empathy with field work in order to reconstruct prior events and solve the murder mystery. Scour the city for clues about the murder weapon. Win the trust of witnesses; they often hold important information on the perpetrator’s appearance. And, last but not least, will you confer with your other detectives about your hunches – will you risk them taking the credit? Have you figured out where the murder took place or how? Take a picture. Afterwards, we will see which team is most Sherlock-like. Of course, this happens while enjoying a drink. Forget about crime novels, CSI, and Cluedo: this immersive City Game is the real deal. A first-class brain teaser that will turn any company outing, jubilee, and bachelor party into an adventure! Cost: € 29.50 (from 10 persons upwards)

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  • 0.06km from the centre
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Discover Historical and Culinary Leeuwarden

We start with coffee/tea in a nice establishment. Then: the most popular walk through historical Leeuwarden. A beautiful tour through the old city centre. This tour of discovery leads you past many interesting national monuments, streets, and alleys. The guide will tell you all about the city’s beginning and its tumultuous history. You walk across the canals by means of characteristic “pijpen” and view treasures such as the Oldehove tower, Princessehof, Prinsentuin, Gasthuizen, Waag, Grote Kerk, Stadhuis, and Stadhouderlijk Hof. Then you will be welcomed into the Beerenburg Museum. Here you receive an explanation about the process of brewing and the history of the brewery. Naturally, you will be given the opportunity to taste a bitter afterwards. Seeing the Frisian capital from the water might be the single best way to view it! A “praam”, a type of flatboat, and its captain/guide will be waiting for you and your company. An exploratory tour through the Naauw’s canals, the Kelders, the Voorstreek, the Ee neighbourhood, the Schavernek, and the Nieuwestad. We finish with an extensive three-course choice dinner: a well-deserved reward. Cost: € 59.50 per person (10 persons or more)

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  • 0.19km from the centre
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City walk with Anna & Us Heit

You can make a reservation for this unforgettable, theatrical city walk from just 2 persons or more! A walk you will not soon forget. You will come eye to eye with stadtholder Us Heit and his beloved Anna van Oranje. They will show you Leeuwarden in a cabaret-like manner. Walk with us past the palaces, gardens, stables, churches, and so on. You will experience Leeuwarden within 1.5 hours. Observant participants can even win fun Oranje-prizes. Starting and end point: Stadhouderlijk Hof Leeuwarden. A different place of departure is possible upon request. This walk fits perfectly into an active and educational day out. With a remarkable amount of humour and original finds. History has never been this much fun. Price: € 12.50 per participant. Suitable for age 10 and over.

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  • 0.20km from the centre
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Boating tour arrangements including coffee/lunch/dinner and ice-cream.

Experience Capital of Culture Leeuwarden’s historical past from the water in a De Wartenster praam, a type of flatboat. There are several available arrangements, among which combinations of coffee/lunch with a waterside dinner at Restaurant Onder de Kelders and a homemade ice-cream at Ice Cream Parlour MIN12.

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  • 0.21km from the centre
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Stadswandelingen van het Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden

Historische stadswandeling met een echte 'Liwwadder' gids is de ideale manier om de stad te ontdekken! Het Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden beschikt over een groep enthousiaste en deskundige gidsen die vertellen over de boeiende geschiedenis van de stad. De wandelingen voeren langs hoogtepunten van de stad, vele monumenten, oude grachten, schilderachtige hofjes en vergeten steegjes. Na een stadswandeling kijk je met andere ogen naar de stad. Je kunt met een eigen groep onder leiding van een gids een stadswandeling op maat maken of een themawandeling boeken. Stadswandelingen zijn ook mogelijk in het Engels en andere talen. De wandelingen duren circa 1.5 uur. De wandelingen zijn ook geschikt voor kinderen en minder validen. In overleg is bijna alles mogelijk! Een stadswandeling kost 45 euro.

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  • 0.22km from the centre
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Free (ambiance) tasting in the Boomsma Beerenburger museum!

You will find everything you want to know about Beerenburg in the Boomsma Beerenburger museum! This characteristically Frisian drink has been made in the heart of the inner city for over 130 years. Boomsma Beerenburg has put together an arrangement in cooperation with VVV Leeuwarden, which includes: – entry fee – Boomsma Beerenburg tasting You can enjoy this arrangement for free, when you pick up the voucher at VVV Leeuwarden.

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  • 0.23km from the centre
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Leeuwarden Stadswandelingen

The Team Leeuwarden Stadswandelingen (“Team Leeuwarden City Walks”) guide will lead you through the oldest part of our royal residence. The guide will show you beautiful facades, special places, and will tell you all about their facts. We walk through the Netherlands’ most fun shopping street, past Marijke Meu’s mural, her living and working palace, we “climb” mounds, and stand on the city’s highest point, and walk through beautiful courtyards and past special trees. We will also see where Mata Hari used to live and Maurice Escher’s house of birth, among other things. There is too much to mention. It is also possible to combine a walk with a boating tour on a praam through the canals and girths.

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  • 0.23km from the centre