Sneek

Sneek

Sneek/Snits is located in the heart of the Frisian lakes. It is officially the second city of the eleven-city tour. Like Leeuwarden, Sneek,founded in the eleventh century, has a rich history. The first buildings of the city arose on the spot where the large Martinikerk (Martinichurch) now stands. Early in the sixteenth century, fortifications were built around Sneek, ensuring  it was well protected against invaders and, in the centuries that followed, Sneek grew rapidly. Unfortunately, during that period the city walls and fortifications were demolished. The famous water gate is the only one of the five gates that remains standing. This gate from 1613 is now the symbol of Sneek.

Nowadays, Sneek is a pleasant town that attracts many water sports enthusiasts. This is due to its location directly on the Sneekermeer (the lake). In the city there is often a cozy atmosphere. You can enjoy strolling through the streets, shopping in specialty stores and occasionally resting on a terrace. There are many events in the city, which provide even more fun. Sneek is located at a junction of bicycle and hiking routes, so there are plenty of activities for everyone.

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Where to get the stamp?

You can get your stamp at Camping de Domp. So take your stamp card with you when you check in and nothing can go wrong.

Camperplace Sneek

There are a number of Campsites and Camper Places in Sneek, one of them is Camping and Marina de Domp. This campsite is located about 500 m from the center of Sneek. On this camper place, that is open all year, you will be kindly received by the harbor master. An overnight stay in the main season is €27.70 for 2 persons incl. electricity/water/wifi/sanitary/waste and tourist tax. At the campsite there are about 40 paved places for campers, each with its own 16A power pole, water and disposal. The sanitary facilities are clean and well maintained. There is also a restaurant at the campsite with a terrace on the water. Here you can enjoy a delicious snack. It is an oasis of calm with the sound of birds as a background. You also have a beautiful view of all the passing boats.

What to do in Sneek?

In Sneek there is a lot to do, especially in the summer. We have listed the best things to do in Sneek.

Tip: before you leave Leeuwarden, stock up on groceries at the Jumbo in Zuiderburen in Leeuwarden. For groceries over € 25, – you get a free traditional Frisian sugar bread of Tije de Boer when showing the stamp card.

1. Fountain

Also in Sneek you will find one of the 11 fountains. This fountain is called ‘The Fountain of Fortuna‘. The statue of a man holding a Horn of abundance stands on a golden ball in the middle of the water. Water flows from the horn, symbolizing the material prosperity of the one who comes into contact with it. Yet this prosperity can easily be taken away from you by an incalculable force. Like it happened to Sneek. Combine a visit of the fountain with a city walk through Sneek. This will take you past the highlights of Sneek.

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2. The Fries Maritime Museum

The Fries Scheepvaart Museum is all about the history of the Frisian shipping industry. You’ll learn all about skûtsjes and tjalks: the trucks and buses of the past. You can also learn more about seafaring, fishing, pleasure cruising and sailing. Unfortunately, it was impossible to sail during the winter, so there was plenty of skating on the frozen waterways. Skates, sleds and the prizes of the Elfstedentocht are exhibited in the ice room. Besides all the information about shipping, part of the museum is also about the history of Sneek. The collection of Sneker silver is also impressive. Are you driving the Elfstedentocht my motor home with children? For them there is the children’s museum within the Fries Scheepvaart Museum! Until September 5, 2021 they are showing the exhibition Blood, Sweat and Whale Oil. About Dutch whaling after the Second World War.

You will find the Fries Scheepvaart Museum on Kleinzand 16, 8601 BH Sneek. The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

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3. Restaurants

Restaurant de Kajuit
Restaurant de Kajuit is the restaurant of the Jachthaven and Camping de Domp. The restaurant offers a cozy and maritime atmosphere. The terrace has a beautiful view over the water and passing boats. The menu is extensively varied,  with different fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. You can also visit the Kajuit for a delicious lunch, drinks or just a cup of coffee with cake. You can even rent a boat, using the sup – and boat rental of the restaurant

Buur
Want a nice cup of coffee or a tasty lunch? Then go eat at Buur! The food is not only very tasty, but also healthy. On nice summer days, you can sit in the sun all day on the terrace.

Restaurant Aan de Gracht
Restaurant Aan de Gracht was voted the best lunchroom in Súdwest-Fryslân in 2020, and that alone is a good reason to sit down on the terrace for a nice lunch. You can also get a High Tea, a tasting with Jopen beer, or just order something from the menu. In addition, they often organize fun promotions with Cinesneek (the local cinema).

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4. Various monuments

The Waterpoort (Watergate) is the symbol of Sneek. A fun fact about this gate is that the clock is always 5 minutes early. This used to be handy because it gave people enough time to leave or enter the town before it was locked.

The Martinikerk is also called the Great Church. The church is over a thousand years old and has been through a lot. The church is regularly open for visits in the summer and services are still held there. Inside the church Grutte Pier, Friesland’s most famous freedom fighter is buried.

In the city you will also find the monument ‘Lapkepoep and Frisian Farmer’. This is a gift from C&A because the German textile sellers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer opened their very first store in Sneek. The artwork represents a conversation between a Westphalian textile merchant and a Frisian farmer’s wife. Westphalian textile traders were called lapkepoep in Friesland.

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5. Weduwe S. Joustra & ZN

A visit to Friesland is not complete without tasting the only real Frisian drink: Beerenburg! For generations, Weduwe S. Joustra & ZN has been brewing one of Friesland’s most famous Beerenburgs (Jenever with different herbs). Be sure to visit the museum where you can have a taste of the drink.

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6. Filsen

During your walk through the city, make a stop at tea and vintage store FILSEN on the Grootzand in Sneek. In the tea room you can enjoy delicious fresh loose tea (or coffee) and sweet treats. Meanwhile, in the store you might find that one vintage treasure you’ve always been looking for. You can find more information on Facebook and Instagram: @filsen.nl.

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7. Biking and hiking

In addition to a walk through the city, it is also lovely to walk in the surroundings of Sneek. Take a walk around the lake and wander through the beautiful countryside. You can take various walking tours, which you can find at the VVV tourist office or online. You can also find many beautiful routes via friesland.nl. This also applies to bicycle routes!

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8. Events in Sneek

Just like in Leeuwarden, Sneek has plenty to do on a regular basis. Sneek hosts many entertaining events every year. The best known is Sneekweek. This is a major sailing event, during which all kinds of competitions are held. Not a sailor yourself? Then take a look from the shore or go to the party at the end of the afternoon. During the Sneekweek, the last competition day of the Skûtsjesilen also takes place. On this last day of Skûtsjesilen, the winner will be announced!

You can also enjoy culture in the Sneek Cultural Quarter. Here you will find a theater, pop stage and arts center, all within walking distance from one another.

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