City Hall and Antiquities Room

Stadhuis Bolsward moet museale topattractie worden

The City Hall is built in renaissance style and rich decorated with sculptures. The striking flight of steps in rococo stile was added to its front in 1768. The city hall became the venue for trading, administration of law and town council. Not only the exterior, but also the interior is really worth admiring. The Council Chamber and the Tribunal Room being treasures from the far removed past. The Antiquities Room gives an overview of the history of the city and houses many unique artefacts and paintings.

You can visit the City Hall and Antiquities Room on workdays from April 1st till November 1st. Free entrance.


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Gysbert Japicxhouse

The museum gives an overview of the live and work of Gysbert Japicx. Besides there are the expositions “The history of the language”, about the development and use of the Frisian language in the Netherlands and “Multilingualism in Europe” about the many minority languages in Europe.
The Frisian shop in the museum is unique. Next to translation you can buy books, poems and music, all in the Frisian language. Also the place to buy your Frisian souvenir. Entrance museum € 1,75, Text shop free.

You can also find the Tourist Information Point here. In the summertime the enthusiastic volunteers of the Gysbert Japicxhûs organizes city walks.


Us Heit - beer brewery and whisky stillery

Us Heit

In the brewery you also find a beermuseum with all kinds of machinery. In the cosy tasting room you can taste the different kind of beers. Nowadays the brewery also makes whisky.

Openings hours:
Thursday and Friday from 15.00 to 18.00 hrs., the tour starts at 16.00 hrs. Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs., tours every hour. To prevent disappointments, please reserve ahead. Groups can make appointments at any time.
Tour € 6,50 per person including a drink (children till 12 years € 2,00).



Without any doubt the most impressive church of Bolsward is the gothic Martinichurch, built between 1446 and 1466 on the most northern mound. The tower used to be a lighthouse at the time Bolsward was still in connection with the sea. The magnificent pulpit and the choir stalls with the bueatiful woodcarvings are real pieces of craftsmanship. The church holds a beautiful organ.

The church stands at Groot Kerkhof and is open on workdays from 13.30 to 16.00 hrs. From May to September on workdays also from 10.00 to 12.00 hrs and in July and August also on Saturday from 13.30 to 16.00 hrs.

Sonnema Distillery Visitor centre


You can visit the Sonnema distillery yourself. On your own or in a group. You get a tour through the factory, can have a look at the herb attic en in the tasting room you can try Sonnema for yourself.

Opening hours:
June, July and August every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon tours at 13.30  and 15.00 hrs.
For groups the visitor centre is open all year, please make an appointment.