our sailing routes in Friesland

The most beautiful sailing routes at a glance

top shipping routes friesland

In search of the most beautiful cruising routes of Friesland? Adjusted to the duration of your holiday? We have listed the best routes!

There are many boating possibilities in Friesland. To give you an impression of the possibilities and the duration of the tour, we have listed a number of examples below.


elfsteden sailing route

The tour of the tour!

Visit eleven cities in a fortnight? That is possible with the Eleven Cities Tour! The best of Friesland in one route. Navigate the journey that many have gone before you; the famous Elfstedentocht! Did you know that our king has done this route by skate?

Elfsteden sailing route

Aqueduct route
Aqueducts route

aqueducts sailing route

Enjoying Frieslands aqueducts for a midweek

Sailing through the southwestern part of the Frisian lakes has become even more attractive. The construction of five aqueducts gives the water sportsman plenty of room to manoeuvre: instead of waiting for bridges, it's now time to move on!
Anyone taking part in Stavoreninland navigation will feel free in the open landscape. At the Galamadammen this is no longer interrupted by the busy bridge. The aqueduct fits seamlessly into the landscape. With on one side the Koudumer forest and on the other side the lake, the variation in flora and fauna here Morrais great. The aqueduct therefore has special passageways for both land and water animals.

Forest Route
Forest Route

forest trail

The best route for your children! In a weekend or mid-week!

This route is named after the mill of the village of Terherne: the Wouda monkey. The village of Hielke and Sietse Klinkhamer. This is where the famous children's book series 'de Kameleon' comes to life.

Playing in Langweer
Na Terherne the route goes in the direction of Langweer. Its central location makes it an ideal base for sailing trips. The new harbour office and recreation building make the marina even more attractive. There is even a roof to enjoy a barbecue and children's play equipment has been installed at the renovated beach. From Langweer you can also make beautiful cycling and hiking trips with the family.

Discover Woudsend and Heeg
Op naar Woudsend. The passer-by spaces in the centre of the village have been improved. It'll make it easier to get ashore. Visit the Jager sawmill or take a look at the SKS skûtsje, the pride of Woudsend. After Woudsend the route leads to Heeg. You can easily moor here in the centre for an ice cream on one of the many terraces. Another tip: The best way to discover the centre of Heeg with your children is by canoe!

On the way to Sneek you'll come across one of the smallest Frisian 11 cities; IJlst. Take the children on a trip with the milkman or take a look at the local clockmaker. Further through the green land comes Sneek in sight.
Here, too, there is plenty to do with children. The Model Railway Museum and the Frisian Maritime Museum are highly recommended. In addition, the renovated day recreation area De Potten is an ideal place, with a real water playground for the little ones.

Small Eleven-city Tour

six or seven cities tour

Enough to see in a midweek!

Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, , , Sneek, IJlstand Locks. This route will take you to six of the eleven cities! Also an option to the beautiful town Hindeloopen ...with you! This route will surprise you. From the old historic buildings of the picturesque cities to the whisper-quiet brooks through which you will sail. You will get everything that South-West Friesland has to offer.

Small Eleven Cities Tour
Weekly route
Week route

along meadows, through cities and the most beautiful lakes.

The best of Friesland in one week!

Besides the beautiful cities of Friesland there are also many picturesque villages to be found, Terherne is one of them. Terherne is a well-known water sports village. Thanks to the various marinas, surfing facilities and many fishing spots. In the Klassieke Schepenhaven you can admire vessels from the last century and browse through the nice shops and the Schepenhal. Echtenerbrug is also on the list that should not be missed. Every year during the summer months the Dolle Donderdagen are organized in Echtenerbrug. Events such as bagging, hanging jeans, canoe racing, live music take place here.


Mill route
Mill route

Mill route

Sail along the historic mills from Friesland a weekend or midweek

This route takes you past the historic villages and towns and a number of beautiful mills that are still in operation. Mills, driven by water and wind, used to play an important role in the Frisian business world. Some of these monuments are open for viewing. 

Locks -

Scharsterbrug corn mill - Skarren

mill Joure - de Groenen mill

Joure - Penninga's mill

Langweer - Sweach mill

IJlst -

Wood sawmill Woodend- Wood sawmill The Hunter

Two-week route
Two-week route

two-week route

Discovering Friesland and a bit of Flevoland in a fortnight!

This route will take you past many well-known towns and villages in Friesland, but you can also make a trip to Giethoorn. In Giethoorn, a typical Dutch village in Overijssel, you can perfectly see how the Dutch like to live with and on the water. In an environment full of lakes, reed lands and woods, you will find this beautiful village with its many beautiful farms with thatched roofs and characteristic wooden bridges.

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