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Section 1: Sneek - Stavoren | Eleven Cities Bicycle Route

(75.0 km)

The first four of the eleven cities you visit are: Sneek, IJlst, Sloten and Stavoren. All in the southwest corner of Friesland.

In all four you will see many water sports enthusiasts. Yet this is also excellent cycling territory.

You cycle from cycling junction to cycling junction, past charming little towns and villages separated by vast stretches of countryside. In the village of Langweer you cross the water on a ferry bridge. 

Along the way you will see the new signs for the Elfstedentocht bicycle route. If you are cycling the route in the clockwise direction, follow the green signs. If you are cycling the route in the anticlockwise direction, follow the blue signs.

This is also your chance to …

The first four of the eleven cities you visit are: Sneek, IJlst, Sloten and Stavoren. All in the southwest corner of Friesland.

In all four you will see many water sports enthusiasts. Yet this is also excellent cycling territory.

You cycle from cycling junction to cycling junction, past charming little towns and villages separated by vast stretches of countryside. In the village of Langweer you cross the water on a ferry bridge. 

Along the way you will see the new signs for the Elfstedentocht bicycle route. If you are cycling the route in the clockwise direction, follow the green signs. If you are cycling the route in the anticlockwise direction, follow the blue signs.

This is also your chance to discover Gaasterland: a landscape of rolling hills and forests on the shore of Lake IJsselmeer. The last part of the route takes you along the edge of Lake IJsselmeer where there are spectacular views! 

Sights on this route

Starting point: Grote Kerkstraat 10
8601 ED Sneek
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Sneek (Snits)

Sneek, or Snits as we say in Friesland, is the water sports city of the Netherlands. But Sneek is more than water sports and the Sneekweek. The city is bustling with events, culture, unique hotspots, and nice shops.

Visit Sneek

Waterpoort Sneek
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IJlst (Drylts)

IJlst (or Drylts in Frisian) is not only one of the famous 11 cities, but also a 'wood city'. For many years, tree trunks were processed here by the legendary wood trading companies Oppedijk and S.O. de Vries.

Visit IJlst

Molen IJlst
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Veerpont Langweerdervaart (De Brekken)

-De pont vaart op feestdagen volgens de zondagsdienstregeling.

Het veer is voor auto's, fietsers en voetgangers
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Langweer

Langweer is a true watersports destination. From this centrally located village in the Frisian lake area, you can sail in all directions.

Visit Langweer

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Sint Nicolaasga (Sint Nyk)

Sint Nicolaasga is a village situated amidst the woods, the Tjeukemeer, and the Langweerder Wielen.

Visit Sint Nicolaasga

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Sloten (Sleat)

Sloten (or Sleat as we say in Friesland) is the smallest Elfsteden town in Friesland. This walled mini-city is also called sipelstêd (Frisian for onion city) thanks to the unique shape of an onion.

Visit Sloten

Sloten gracht
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Balk

Balk is a large village with many amenities in Southwest Friesland; it is the main town of Gaasterland and is situated along the Elfstedentocht route.

Visit Balk

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Oudemirdum

Oudemirdum is a charming village located amidst the forests of Southwest Friesland in the Gaasterland region.

Visit Oudemirdum

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Stavoren (Starum)

Stavoren (or Starum as we say in Friesland) is very much the main city of the IJsselmeer, being enclosed by the lake on three sides. It is also the oldest city of Friesland, founded around 300 BC at a waterway, and gaining city rights in the 11th century.

Visit Stavoren

Fontein Stavoren
End point: Burgemeester Albertsstraat 1
8715 JE Stavoren

Directions

Starting point: Grote Kerkstraat 10
8601 ED Sneek

Bebording:
Onderweg volg je de Elfstedenroute bordjes. De groene bordjes zijn voor de route met de klok mee (zoals de route op deze website is aangegeven). De blauwe bordjes zijn voor de route tegen de klok in.

Openbaar vervoer:
Kom je met het OV naar Friesland? In zowel Sneek als Stavoren stopt de Arriva trein. Je fiets mag mee in de trein (koop wel een speciaal ticket hiervoor). 

Horeca onderweg:
Klik op de rode knoppen bij de plaatsnamen in de lijst onder 'dit ga je zien' om een logeeradres of restaurant voor onderweg te vinden.  

End point: Burgemeester Albertsstraat 1
8715 JE Stavoren
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