European Capital of Culture
Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland, has been designated European Capital of Culture 2018. The capital city of Friesland has a splendid historic city centre, which is ideally suited for a pleasant day’s shopping. For instance, Kleine Kerkstraat in Leeuwarden has already been voted the Netherlands’ Best Shopping Street twice. In addition to offering branches of the major chains, Leeuwarden has a range of small regional retail establishments which render it such a particularly pleasant and special place to shop.
It is not only a delight to stroll and shop in Leeuwarden, but its numerous museums are also well worth a visit. For instance, the Fries Museum, which is the Netherlands’ largest provincial museum.
Leeuwarden is just a twenty-minute drive from Franeker on the A31 motorway, or a fifteen-minute train journey.