Friesland: quirky and free

From the Afsluitdijk the Wadden coast stretches out from Friesland in a gentle curve to the Lauwersmeer lake area. Man created this land behind the dikes with its old fishing villages and a few simple harbours as gateways to the islands. You’ll find salt-tolerant nature outside the dikes and a whole lot more on offer inside the dikes: wide open landscapes, horizon, mound villages with medieval churches, darkness and glorious silence. Here was once seabed. Villages well-known from the Elfsteden (Eleven cities) such as Workum, Harlingen, Franeker, Leeuwarden and Dokkum are also located here.  Wayward and free. A Wadden land of excess you simply must see to believe.

Makkum en omgeving

World heritage

Water heritage

Taste of the Wadden


The old coastal fishing

Learn all about the old coastal fishing and the life of the residents of the double-sided Paesens-Moddergat.

Afsluitdijk Wadden Center

Walking on the edge of salt and fresh water

Living on the edge of salt and fresh water? Explore the area with a guide from the Waddenvereniging and It Fryske Gea.


At the top of the highest mound

Discover everything about how the dwelling hill was created and then dug away in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Hegebeintum visitors centre.


Taste, walk and marvel

Walk on the mudflats, eat from the sea, mudflat excursions or maybe even prepare a saline delicacy? It’s all possible at Oan ‘y Dijk in Paesens-Moddergat.

Admiralty of Friesland

In the neighbourhood? Take a walk through the city of Dokkum and visit the 17th-century building of Admiralty of Friesland and Groningen.