Villages Route| Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

Attributes

2 hour 30 minutes (45.0 km)
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  • Be surprised by the very authentic surrounding villages of the National Park De Alde Feanen. Each village has its own cultural history that is still clearly visible. With this route, you cycle through Eernewoude, Warten, Grou, Akkrum, Goengahuizen, De Veenhoop and Oudega. Get off for an art route or visit one of the churches or museums. With this route, you will experience a day full of pure nature and culture.

    Eernewoude
    The route starts in the cozy water sports village Eernewoude. In this village, there is a lot to do. Beautiful boat trips, rent a sup or walk along with the small boutiques at the end of this cycling route. 

    Cultural tips Eernewoude: 

    • Spot the eel fisherman. Eerne…

    Be surprised by the very authentic surrounding villages of the National Park De Alde Feanen. Each village has its own cultural history that is still clearly visible. With this route, you cycle through Eernewoude, Warten, Grou, Akkrum, Goengahuizen, De Veenhoop and Oudega. Get off for an art route or visit one of the churches or museums. With this route, you will experience a day full of pure nature and culture.

    Eernewoude
    The route starts in the cozy water sports village Eernewoude. In this village, there is a lot to do. Beautiful boat trips, rent a sup or walk along with the small boutiques at the end of this cycling route. 

    Cultural tips Eernewoude: 

    • Spot the eel fisherman. Eernewoude used to be mainly a village of fishermen, skippers, farmers and reed cutters. The image of the ielfisker reminds of the Earnewâldster ancestors. Ielfisker' is Frisian for eel fisherman. The statue is made of lava stone and can be found on the north side of the harbor. 
    • Make a selfie with the otter
    • Visit the church. The Reformed Church was built in 1906. The church has a very special pulpit in the shape of the bow of a skûtsje. Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1794, with a pulpit from 1699. In it the coat of arms of Earnewâld, an eagle with two heads, is carved. The starting times of the services are indicated at the entrance.
    • Rider statue. Earnewâld is in a real ice skating village, the sheltered watery environment lends itself in winter to ice skating on natural ice. Earnewâld often has the scoop when it comes to organizing tours on natural ice and when the ice is strong enough the village organizes one of the natural ice classics. In honor of this, there is the Riders statue. Riders' is Frisian for skaters. With three winners of the natural ice classic the "100 fan Earnewald" skating one after the other, this work of art floats on the water opposite the harbor.

    Warten
    Warten used to be only accessible by water. Only in 1953 the road to Grou was completed. Transportation, therefore, took place by the water. This is why shipbuilding is well represented in the village. Where formerly skouwen and skûtsjes were built, modern seagoing ships are now being built. Warten is now also called the gateway to the national park De Alde Feanen and that is not for nothing. There was and is a natural relationship between De Alde Feanen and Warten which is visible in the museum.

    Cultural tip Warten:

    • A beautiful museum in a beautiful part of the village that can almost entirely be called museum and therefore worth a visit.
    • The museum Warten tells the story of survival in an environment of reed, peat, grassland and water. The museum wants to show how in the past the people of Central Friesland in general but those of Warten, in particular, fought a permanent battle against the water and the elements. 
    • Are you hungry now? On the waterfront terrace, you can enjoy delicious dishes. Cheers!
    • Hidden among the trees, surrounded by meadows, is halfway between Grou and Warten the Mineralogical Museum. The large barn of an old farmhouse has been converted into a museum.

    Grou
    This village is also known for its many water sports opportunities. Step in between on a sup to discover this unique area from the water. What you certainly should not skip are the no less than 45 national monuments in and around Grou.
    Of these, 26 can be found directly in the center (you can find a booklet 'Paad troch Grou' in the Tourist Information Point).

    Cultural tips Grou:

    • Museum deer fan Fryslan
    • Walk past art in the public space of Grou with the free app developed by the municipality of Leeuwarden, which includes Grou, in collaboration with Kunstwacht. The app contains itineraries and background information about 13 Grouster artworks and their creators.


    Akkrum
    In the village of Akkrum you will find cozy terraces by the water for a snack or a drink. And for shoppers you have very nice boutiques here.

    Cultural tips Akkrum:

    • Bike especially along these two beautiful places
    • Coopersburg with mausoleum
    • Baptist Church

    Goengahuizen
    Goëngahuizen is a remarkable place of mills. There are three wooden spider head mills from the 19th century. They are mills with pyramid-shaped and pan covered hulls and they are equipped with mortars. All three have a name: Jansmolen, De Modderige Bol and het Heechhiem. They were restored in 1990, 1992/'93 and 1995 and are owned and managed by the De Fryske Mole Foundation.

    Oudega
    In Oudega you will find a beautiful Rest Point Brêgeham. Drink a cup of coffee here in a cozy place with a beautiful view to continue your journey. Also here are canoes waiting for you if you want to go a little bit from the water.

    Sights on this route

    Starting point: Koaidyk 8 a
    9264 TP Eernewoude
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    Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen

    Koaidyk 8 a
    9264 TP Earnewâld
    Bezoekerscentrum Nationaal Park De Alde Feanen
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    Toeristenbureau Earnewâld

    P. Miedemaweg 9 .
    9264 TJ Earnewâld
    Toeristenbureau Earnewâld
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    Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)

    Eernewoude
    Aan de ene kant van de pont staat Hin en Wer (Fries), aan de andere Heen en Weer
    Veerpont Hin en Wer (It Wiid)
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    Beeld schaatsers 'Marathonriders'

    Op het water, tegenover de haven
    9264 TM Earnewâld
    Beeld schaatsers 'Marathonriders'
    38 39
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    Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld

    De Stripe 12
    9264TX Earnewâld
    Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld
    40 41 37 36 35
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    Veerpont Zonnepont De Oerhaal (Eernewoude)

    Eernewoude
    De Oerhaal op de Lange Sloot met op de achtergrond het kerkje van Warten
    Veerpont Zonnepont De Oerhaal (Eernewoude)
    33
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    Museum Warten

    Museum Warten
    Hellingpad 3
    9003 LM Warten
    Museum Warten
    8

    De Kok en de Walvis

    Hoofdstraat 31
    9003 LC Warten
    De Kok en de Walvis
    32
    9

    Mineralogisch Museum

    Leechlân 22
    9001 ZH Grou
    Mineralogisch Museum
    10

    Molen Tjasker

    53.120747, 5.845353
    9001ZH Grou
    Molen Tjasker
    31 30
    11

    Water Sports ANJA

    Meersweg 9 a
    9001BG Grou
    Water Sports ANJA
    45 29 28 20 21 22
    12

    Feather Down Hoeve Meskenwier

    Meskenwier 2
    8491 MN Akkrum
    Feather Down Hoeve Meskenwier
    92 92 42 63 44 48 49
    13

    TOP De Veenhoop

    Kraenlânswei 1
    9215 VZ De Veenhoop
    TOP De Veenhoop
    TOP De Veenhoop
    14

    Kraanlannen Nature Reserve

    Kraanlannen
    Kraenlânswei 1
    9215 VZ De Veenhoop
    Kraanlannen
    Kraanlannen Nature Reserve
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    Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)

    Veenhoop
    Op de pont stappen aan de kant van Hooidammen
    Veerpont De Grietman (De Veenhoop)
    06
    16

    Brêgeham

    Headammen 2
    9216 XP Oudega
    Brêgeham
    14 16
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    Camping It Wiid

    Koaidyk 10
    9264 TP Earnewâld
    Camping It Wiid
    End point: Koaidyk 8 a
    9264 TP Eernewoude

    Directions

    Starting point: Koaidyk 8 a
    9264 TP Eernewoude
    • Skûtsjemuseum Earnewâld
      Old shipbuilding crafts such as forging and sail making are highlighted. Hundreds of parts of skûtsjes (Frisian boats) and tools are attractively arranged. Want to see it all for yourself?
    • Activity farm and Restaurant De Wartenster
      The perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the space in a rural setting. Very kid-proof because you can completely recharge here while the children have loads of fun in the playground.
    • 3 Museum Warten
      The story of survival in lowland between water, reeds and peatbogs in It Earmhûs and National Monument the Old Frisian Greid Farm.
    • De Kok en de Walvis
      In the middle of the picturesque village of Warten, next to the bridge, lies the cosy eatery 'De Kok & de Walvis'. A fantastic spot for lunch, drinks and dinner.
    • Mineralogical Museum
      Hidden among the trees, surrounded by meadows, the Mineralogical Museum is located halfway along the road between Grou and Warten. The large barn of an old farmhouse has been converted into a museum.
    •  Museum 't Hert Fan Fryslan
      Museum Hert fan Fryslân is located in the traditional Frisian village of Grou, in the heart of Friesland. You can see exhibitions on various interesting typical Frisian or Grouster themes, such as Water, the Halbertsmas and Sint Piter (Saint Peter).
    • Tourist Office Earnewâld
      Welcome to Earnewâld, a charming water sports village and bustling green wetland paradise that’s surprisingly versatile and centrally located in the De Alde Feanen National Park, with activities for young and old alike. The surrounding area is ideal for cycling, boating and hiking trips. We’re happy to talk about everything we have to offer.
    • Hotel Restaurant Princenhof
      On the outskirts of the village of Earnewâld, right in the heart of Friesland, lies Hotel Restaurant Princenhof. Have a delicious meal and a pastry while enjoying a dazzling view.
    End point: Koaidyk 8 a
    9264 TP Eernewoude
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