Walking route 11 fountains: Dokkum

Attributes

40 minutes (2.8 km)
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  • About the city walk
    Centuries ago, Dokkum was located directly by the sea, and thus a very important town for trading and defence. But over time, the direct connection with the sea silted up, and Dokkum lost its function as a coastal town. Nature and climate continue to influence this northernmost part of Friesland, but nowadays Dokkum is mainly known for being a surprisingly hip hidden gem. Shop in the many boutiques, have lunch on the waterfront... This 40-minute walk will take you past Dokkum’s natural highlights.

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    About the Ice Fountain
    The Ice Fountain is a plaything of the ele…

    About the city walk
    Centuries ago, Dokkum was located directly by the sea, and thus a very important town for trading and defence. But over time, the direct connection with the sea silted up, and Dokkum lost its function as a coastal town. Nature and climate continue to influence this northernmost part of Friesland, but nowadays Dokkum is mainly known for being a surprisingly hip hidden gem. Shop in the many boutiques, have lunch on the waterfront... This 40-minute walk will take you past Dokkum’s natural highlights.

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    View the route in Google Maps

    About the Ice Fountain
    The Ice Fountain is a plaything of the elements and looks different every day. Ice draws patterns on the copper skin of the sculpture. The extent to which the fountain forms, or does not form, layers of ice depends on the sun, humidity, temperature, wind and precipitation. The energy for the Ice Fountain is generated by solar panels. The surrounding trees turn red in autumn. They refer to Boniface and his followers who were murdered in Dokkum. For an optimal shadow effect, the sculpture makes use of the natural, systematic arrangement of leaves around a centre point. The result of over 100 million years of evolution in the plant world.

    Sights on this route

    1

    11Fountains Dokkum

    De Markt 28
    9101 LS Dokkum
    11Fountains Dokkum
    2

    Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum

    Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum
    Markt 30 a
    9101LS Dokkum
    voorzijde
    Hotel de ABDIJ Dokkum
    3

    Grote kerk of St-Martinuskerk Dokkum

    De Markt 2
    9101 LS Dokkum
    Grote Kerk Dokkum
    Grote kerk of St-Martinuskerk Dokkum
    4

    Dokkumer Bolwerken

    Centrum
    9101 MG Dokkum
    Dokkumer Bolwerken
    38
    5

    Molen Zeldenrust Dokkum

    Baantjebolwerk 3
    9101 NH Dokkum
    Molen Zeldenrust Dokkum
    6

    Molen De Hoop Dokkum

    Zuiderbolwerk 2
    9101 NE Dokkum
    Molen De Hoop Dokkum
    31
    7

    Dokkumer Admiraliteit

    Centrum
    9101 LA Dokkum
    Dokkumer Admiraliteit
    14 39
    8

    Sint-Bonifatiuskerk

    Koningstraat 26
    9101 LR Dokkum
    Sint-Bonifatiuskerk
    9

    Trekschuit De Herinnering Dokkum

    Diepswal 27
    9101 LA Dokkum
    Trekschuit De Herinnering Dokkum
    10

    Museum Dokkum

    Diepswal 27
    9101 LA Dokkum
    Museum Dokkum
    11

    Bonifatius Brewery

    Diepswal 5
    9101 LA Dokkum
    Bonifatius Brewery
    12

    Elfstedentocht Turning Point

    Vleesmarkt 1
    9101 ML Dokkum
    Doorlopers bankjes bij Keerpunt Dokkum
    Elfstedentocht Turning Point
    63
    13

    St Boniface Chapel

    Bronlaan 12
    9101 VS Dokkum
    St Boniface Chapel
    14

    11Fountains Dokkum

    De Markt 28
    9101 LS Dokkum
    11Fountains Dokkum

    Directions

    1

    11Fountains Dokkum

    De Markt 28
    9101 LS Dokkum
    11Fountains Dokkum

    City of seamanship and coastal defence

    The organically formed Ice Fountain is unique in the world. Because of a combination of mist and freezing, the ‘fountain’ is always covered with a small layer of ice. Beautiful to see and exciting to touch. This is the starting point of the route through Dokkum.

    After your visit to the fountain, walk past Hotel de Abdij and turn right at Eric’s Café, towards the fortifications of Dokkum: the Dokkumer Bolwerken. Walk along the water, surrounded by trees and picturesque houses. In the distance you can already see Zeldenrust, one of the two flourmills that adorn the bulwarks. Once you’ve arrived at the mill, don’t take the turn right away, but walk around this beautiful building. Continue your route along the water, on top of the bulwarks, to the second mill. These days, flourmill De Hoop houses a pet shop. Walk around the mill by following the narrow footpath around it.

    Continue the route. Just before the bridge Woudpoortbrug, you will see one of the cannons that was used to defend Dokkum against siege. Coastal towns often had to deal with sieges, which were an unfortunate part of the sea trade.  You will encounter more impressive cannons during this route. This part of the bulwark takes you to the bridge Kettingbrug (chain bridge). A lovely pedestrian bridge, adorned with fragrant flowers. In the old days however, it smelled different here, as this is where the city gallows were erected. Pirates were hung here as a warning to the locals and visitors.

    Continue northwards to explore the last part of the green bulwarks. Turn left at the Aalsumerpoort, towards the city. Follow the canal through the historic centre, past the gorgeous Waag (weigh house), which today houses a lunch cafe.

    Continue straight ahead to reach Het Grootdiep. Don’t let yourself be tempted yet by the lovely café terraces on your left, but turn right first. Here you will find Museum Dokkum, which tells the history of Dokkum through archaeological finds, traditional Frisian clothing and Dokkum art. Across the water, you can see the centuries-old buildings of the Dokkum Admiralty, the organisation that used to protect the coast and fought pirates. The green barge is a historic towboat, that is also used for round trips.

    Further along the water you will find the cosy terraces of the cafés that are housed in the old canal houses. In the summer this is a very lively place and during the Elfstedentocht, the Eleven Cities Ice Skating Tour, this is always the turning point of the skaters. On the other side of Het Grootdiep, you can often see ice cream lovers lining up in front of the ice-cream parlour. Turn right there and walk - with the water on your right - towards the Wortelhaven. All restaurants and cafés of Dokkum can be found here.

    At the Wortelhaven, cross the tall white pedestrian bridge on your right. After you have crossed the bridge, take the first street on your left and then the first street on your right to arrive at the Ice Fountain. Your walk ends here!

    14

    11Fountains Dokkum

    De Markt 28
    9101 LS Dokkum
    11Fountains Dokkum
    38
    31
    14
    39
    63

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