Photos of Central Friesland, the Netherlands

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Central Friesland

Central Fryslân is characterised by lakes, and shallow pools that are a result of the extraction of peat in the Middle Ages. Canals and ditches traverse the meadows and it is said that any place can be reached by boat. It isn't surprising that this region is very popular with boating enthusiasts.

Sint Nicolaaskerk, Swichum
Sint Nicolaaskerk, Swichum
Commemorative plaques
View to Bears
Uniastate construction
Ald Poarte, Uniastate
Jellum church
View to Oosterwierum
Church on a terp
Churchyard in Easterwierrum
Zwette river
Village of Raerd
View near Raerd
Sailing, Alde Feanen
Mooring, Earnewâld
View to Grou
Street in Jirnsum
View from the Grienedyk
Sam on the Grienedyk
Sailing, Sneekermeer
Sailing harbour
Boating to Sneekermeer
“Klokkestoel” church
Small ferry, Goingarijp
On the Houkesloot
Church of Offingawier
House in Offenwier
Boats, Sneekermeer
Tersoal Syl
Fields, Tersoal
Church of Tersoal
Church, Tersoal
Farm house, Tersoal
House in Tersoal
Mother and daughter
Typical house, Tersoal
Canal in Tersoal
Children's games
In Tersoal (Terzool)
House across bridge
Meadows at Ysbrechtum
Stadslaan, IJlst
Church bell, IJlst
Wilddraai, IJlst
Canal in IJlst
Galamagracht, in IJlst
Galamagracht, IJlst

The Sneekermeer (Snitser Mar in Frisian) is one of the most popular. Connected to this lake, just to the south, are the Goingarijpster Poelen; the village of Goingarijp (Goaiïngaryp in Frisian) has a church with a "Klokkestoel", a free-standing clock tower, typical of the region. Further to the north east is a complex of small lakes called "Oude Venen" (Old Peats, another reminder how these were formed) with its aquatic centre of Earnewâld (Eernewoude in Dutch).

The Sneekermeer is named after and linked via the Houkesloot canal to Sneek (Snits in Frisian), one of Friesland's eleven cities; it has around 33,000 inhabitants. Small picturesque farming villages surround it, like Tersoal, a Frisian speaking community of around 300, with a rustic old church, and Offingawier (Offenwier), just to the east of the city. It is a region that is ideal to explore on a bicycle - like much of Fryslân.