Lonely Planet has chosen Friesland as number three of the ten ‘Best in Europe’ places to visit in 2018. This is unprecedented for the Netherlands, as it is the first time a destination in our country has ranked this high on the famous travel list. The Frisian Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site, played an important role in achieving this honour.
2018 European Capital of Culture
Unique Friesland may not yet feature on every traveller's radar, but this year the province will surely prove that it's a worthwhile destination. Together with its provincial capital of Leeuwarden, Friesland has been designated as the 2018 European Capital of Culture and will delight locals and visitors with a diverse program of art installations, festivals and many events. The Fries Museum is hosting a special exhibit about M.C. Escher, who was born in Leeuwarden. Also this summer, the city's historic streets will provide the setting for the (literally) gigantic Royal de Luxe parade. Other reasons to visit the modest Frisian capital include the yearly event of Welcome to The Village, one of Europe's most sustainable festival sites, and the many charming cafés and eclectic shops.
Ideal summer destination
Outside of Leeuwarden, spectacular nature beckons: from endless meadows to glistening lakes and the four Frisian islands in the Wadden Sea. This is the perfect summer destination for fans of endless beaches, rolling sand dunes and idyllic ocean views. Explore the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site with the eye-catching art exhibit, Sense of Place, that will take you to the most beautiful spots in the Wadden Sea region.