Netherlands // The North and the Frisian Islands //


Some 10km west of Sneek, Bolsward (pronounced bozwut) was founded in the seventh century and became a bustling and important textile centre in the Middle Ages, though its subsequent decline was prolonged and deep. It’s less touristy than the surrounding towns, with a busy and attractive central street, Marktstraat, bisected by a canal, and a couple of especially handsome old buildings.