1 The Eleven Towns

Touring this historic chain of towns in southwest Friesland is really one of the best introductions to the region – and overall they are as enticing a group of places as you’ll find anywhere in the country.

2 Sneek Week

This prosperous shipbuilding town of old is now famous as the location of the annual Sneek Week sailing regatta, held every August.

3 The Frisian Islands

The most popular spots can be busy in high summer, but for much of the year these offshore dunescapes can feel as remote and unspoilt as anywhere in Europe.

4 Groningen

Dynamic university town in the far north, with a great nightlife and the memorable Groninger Museum of art and culture.

5 Wadlopen

The best way to experience the northern landscapes is to copy the Dutch and take a guide for wadlopen – mud-flat walking.

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