De Friese Elf Steden

Date: 23 februari 2015
Reporter: Albert Hendriks - Friesland Holland Nieuwsdienst - www.friesnieuws.nl

The Eleven City Skating Race put Friesland on the world map

Leeuwarden

The fact that Friesland has eleven cities is a coincidence. There could have just as easily been twelve, thirteen or fourteen. The city charters were in fact granted in the Middle Ages, and no more were granted to cities which developed after 1500. In Friesland these charters were granted to the eleven cities which existed at the time.

The Elfstedentocht was originally a skating marathon which passed through the eleven cities in Friesland. The start and finish are in Leeuwarden.

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Publicatiedatum: 2 februari 2015
Reporter: Albert Hendriks - Friesland Holland Nieuwsdienst - www.friesnieuws.nl

Sloten in Friesland is the smallest town in the world!

Sloten
Sloten

DURBUY (B) - The fortified town of Sloten in the Dutch province of Friesland (Fryslân) is the smallest town in the world and not Durbuy in the province of Luxembourg in Belgium.

This is the claim made by journalist Albert Hendriks, who is also director of the Friesland Holland tourist office. He ended up in Durbuy by chance during a working visit to the Ardennes. He could not help but notice the huge advertising hoarding in the town square proclaiming ‘Durbuy, the smallest town in the world’. After having wandered around the town making photos for four hours he was convinced that Sloten in Friesland was both smaller and also much more authentic.
The Frisian town, with its moat, fortifications and water gates as clear boundaries, measures just 350 by 350 m. Hendriks claims that the less clearly demarcated town of Durbuy is many times larger. Sloten would also seem to have the edge when it comes to the number of residents. About 350 people live in the town centre, while a lot more people appear to live in Durbuy. In addition, Sloten has a well-preserved urban structure and historic buildings, with a minimum of modern premises.

Slotermeer
Slotermeer

“Sloten is so well preserved, it could easily function as an open air museum. Durbuy has a lot of modern elements, such as a long, wide promenade with shops and restaurants. Such developments have not taken place in Sloten. Sloten looks like an old town, complete with bulwarks and cannons, water gates, a town hall, a pillory and a real town crier.”

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Publicatiedatum: 2 februari 2015
Reporter: Albert Hendriks - Friesland Holland Nieuwsdienst - www.friesnieuws.nl

Hindeloopen, a small city and port, water sports centre with international appeal

Rich sea captains impressed a colourful imprint on the cultural life

Hindeloopen
Hindeloopen

HINDELOOPEN (NL) – The well-preserved history and the houses of the commodores of Hindeloopen captains who plied their trade by sailing to Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the United Kingdom, the lock keeper’s house from 1619 and the adjacent old lock, the city harbour, the large pleasure marina with expensive motor and sailing yachts, the Hindeloopen art of painting and woodcarving and the maritime atmosphere at the IJsselmeer [Lake Yssel]. These are the ultimate highlights of Hindeloopen, a city since 1225 and one of the smallest Frisian Elfsteden [Eleven cities ice skating route]. Less than 900 people live in Hylpen, Frisian for Hindeloopen.

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