2018 : Leeuwarden, cultural capital of Europe

Day 1

Amsterdam

Full day visit Amsterdam with a guided city tour, visit of the Rijksmuseum and tasting of some local cheeses at a local producer

During this extensive city tour you will see most of Amsterdam's sights: the old and new parts of this beautiful city, many historical buildings and places of interest, including the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the National Monument, the Skinny Bridge, the Albert Cuyp market and the beautiful 17th century merchant houses along the canals.

Netherlands' national museum, the Rijksmuseum is dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum has a total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200-2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer.

At the end of the day transfer to your hotel in Leeuwarden

Day 2

Leeuwarden 2018

Guided city walk in Leeuwarden - the capital of the province of Friesland is a mixture of shopping areas, cultural highlights and an exciting nightlife. Leeuwarden boasts over 600 monuments! The absolute highlights of Leeuwarden are Mata Hari, Princessehof and Oldehove (the Dutch ‘tower of Pisa’). More than forty major projects form the backbone of the cultural program in 2018. Eight mega-events are its heart. And there are exclusive scoops, such as the gigantic puppets of the famous French group Royal de Luxe: giant puppets that take over the city centre of Leeuwarden during the summer

 

Visit of the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden and the temporary expo Escher (28/04-28/10/18) – the Fries Museum will devote an exhibition to the former Leeuwarden artist MC Escher (1898-1972). His birthplace, the current Ceramics Museum Princessehof, will put his works on display. Our vision deceives us constantly. We do not see what we see. Escher plays with that idea and implements it in his impressive artwork.

or the temporary expo Alma Tadema (dates tba) - The Frisian painter Lawrence Alma Tadema, trained in Antwerp, caused a furore as a painter in England. During his lifetime he was a celebrated artist. Alma Tadema is considered to be an important inspiration for the designers of posters in the early film industry. In 2016 a retrospective of his work will be shown in the Fries Museum. The exhibition will follow the footsteps of Alma Tadema in the world. Some aspects of the exhibition will be shown until 2018.

or the temporary expo Mata Hari (dates tba) - Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during WWI

 

Day 3

Sneek

Guided city walk in Sneek - with its central location in the lake area of Friesland it is clear that Sneek is a real water city. It bears a central role in the southwest region and even used to be the Capital of Friesland during the 15th century. The city of Sneek is versatile! There is plenty to do and see. The nice culture, the monumental buildings and the canals make the city a source of attractions.

Boat tour on the Lake of Sneek and typical lunch on board

Visit of the Scheepvaartmuseum in Sneek - the Frisian Maritime Museum is also a must see! You’ll learn more about the history of Frisian shipping.

Guided visit of a local gin distillery and tasting

Day 4

Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen

Drive by coach via the afsluitdijk towards Hoorn

These days, the Afsluitdijk is more than just protection against floods. It is also a motorway used by thousands of people every day. The 32-kilometer-long Afsluitdijk, built between 1927 and 1933, is an important part of the Zuiderzee Works and connects the provinces of Friesland and North Holland.

In the Golden Age, Hoorn was as one of the six bases of the Dutch East India Company, a prosperous and powerful trading town. This prosperity can still be seen in the historical town centre with its atmosphere of bygone eras.

Trip by museum steam tram from Hoorn to Medemblik – the tram meanders from village to village passing windmills and rich farmhouses on this typical, flat Dutch countryside.

Short city walk in Medemblik and

Sailing trip by historic steamer to the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen and visit of the museum

The Zuiderzee Museum is oriented toward the history, the current situation and the future of the lake area, thereby focusing on the major themes of water, crafts and communities. This story is visualized in the Outdoor Museum with a great number of historical buildings, and in the Indoor Museum with various thematic exhibitions. Heritage, visual art, photography and design play an important role in this context.

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