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Best trails in Friesland

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Trying to find the best Friesland trails? AllTrails has 86 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Appelscha, West-Terschelling or Midsland, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 56 easy trails in Friesland ranging from 1 to 24.6 miles and from -65 to 131 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Ameland
Ballum, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 24.6 mi • Est. 10 h 10 m
Ameland as one of the Wadden Islands is known for its tranquility and nature. According to some the island is bare, others can enjoy the extensive dunes with distant views and the birds as the only air traffic. The villages on the island are intimate and old. Characteristic of Ameland is the lighthouse, which you can see from almost every point on the island. Wagenborg organizes the ferry service to Ameland: https://www.wpd.nl/ameland/Show more
#2 - De Alde Feanen Circulaire
De Alde Feanen National Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
Note: The ferry does not run during the winter season, so you must take a detour at the waypoints on the map. The Alde Feanen is a contiguous low peat bog complex with a total surface area of around 2500 hectares, of which more than 1500 hectares are owned and managed by It Fryske Gea. The area consists mainly of lakes, peat lakes, petholes, reed lands, scarce lands, roughlands, thickets and swamp forests. There are also trilvenes, peat moss cane lands, blue grass lands and dotterland haylands. The latter types of landscape are rare from a national perspective and are threatened in their survival. Low peat bogs are counted among the richest and most varied nature reserves in North-West Europe. The variety of species of plants and animals is particularly large, as is also the case in De Alde Feanen. There are about 450 different plant species in De Alde Feanen. That is more than half of all plant species occurring in Fryslân. Due to its location and variation, De Alde Feanen is enormously important for water, marsh and meadow birds. Many birds breed in the summer half year. More than 100 species have been observed so far. The wet area is an indispensable stopping place for numerous migrants and winter guests. Characteristic of De Alde Feanen are the wide ponds and the intimate waterways and passages. Almost all waters bear witness to the past dyeing activities; in some watercourses you can still recognize the situation prior to painting. The face of De Alde Feanen is largely determined by reed land. Most are mowed annually.Show more
#3 - Vlieland Loop
Vlieland, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 18.9 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
The group of islands on the north coast of the Netherlands are called the Wadden Islands, and Vlieland is the smallest of the lot. Still, you can find nearly any Dutch landscape mingled together on this tiny island: forst, heath, dune, wad, sea and the tiny old village. Vlieland is perfect for a day or two of hiking or cycling all around the island. To get to the island you can take the boat from Harlingen, which takes around 1,5 hour. There’s several campgrounds and hotels on the island if you wish to stay the night. IF you need more information about Vlieland or the boat there, check out: https://vlieland.net/enShow more
#4 - Second World War Trail
Schiermonnikoog National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Although the island Schiermonnikoog always looks peaceful, that was not always the case. During the Second World War, the Germans occupied the island. They built several bunkers on Schiermonnikoog. This route takes you past the memorial sites on the island that commemorate the war, the Bunkermuseum Schlei, housed in a bunker, and the Wassermann.Show more
#5 - Bakkeveense Duinen Green Trail
Bakkeveen, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
This trail follows the green markings through the Bakkeveense Duinen and nature reserve 't Mandefjild. A varied route through dunes, heaths and forests, with here and there a small fen.Show more
#6 - Duurswouderheide
Wijnjewoude, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
The Duurswouderheide is the largest remaining heathland in the province of Friesland. The area measures approximately 150 hectares. It is part of an almost 1000 hectare continuous forest and nature area of the Staatsbosbeheer around Bakkeveen. This is a beautiful loop trail over the heathland.Show more
#7 - Leeuwarden Stadswandeling
Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Leeuwarden has a city center with canals and mounds, dating from the Middle Ages. Old facades and beautifully restored monuments adorn the city. The leaning tower “De Oldehove” and the monumental Waag are good examples of this. But a city walk through the center of Leeuwarden is more than a tour of old buildings. Remarkable facades and streets, cozy shops and interesting museums. A day stroll in the Frisian capital has many highlights. Get to know the present and the past. You will get a nice overview of Leeuwarden if you first climb the old leaning Oldehove. That leaning tower without a spire has been a beacon of Leeuwarden for centuries. At about 40 meters, it is now nothing compared to the large office giants of Avero (75 m) and Achmea (114 m). The architect once intended to make this colossus a higher tower than the Utrecht Dom. But ... something went wrong with the foundation during the construction of the Oldehove. The streets around the Oldehove have been enriched in recent years with various restaurants and eateries. This way you can relax on a terrace or at the regular table after this city walk. The city center of Leeuwarden is still in a reasonably good historical condition. If you look at a nostalgic picture map from 1603, you will recognize almost all streets, squares, canals and buildings. In the twentieth century, several canals were filled in, but the typical character of the streets around them has fortunately been preserved. As in every city, the billboards and glass fronts of the large retail chains predominate. But he who looks up is rewarded. The store of Auke Rauwerda, on the Westerplantage, at the foot of the Oldehove, is striking. A historic 'Shop in Paint, Brush and Ironware. For many decades, the saying has gone through Leeuwarden: 'If you don't have it, forget it!' For the layman, a whole series of linked buildings contains an innumerable and incomprehensible inventory in which the employees always know how to find what you have been looking for for so long.Show more
#8 - Appelscha - Aekingerzand
Drents-Friese Wold National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
This trail takes you from the center of Appelscha through the beginning of the Drents-Friese Wold National Park. The route largely runs over the Aekingerzand, a vast area with sand drifts.Show more
#9 - Schiermonnikoog Harbor - Beach 6 - Lake Westerplas
Schiermonnikoog National Park
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
According to some, Schiermonnikoog is the most beautiful of all Wadden Islands. The small island is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna. The island is ideal to walk around. The dunes with the beaches in the north and the salt marshes in the south can be recognized from afar. There are two lighthouses on the island, the old white and the new red. The trail is ideal to see birdlife and there are many wild flowers.Show more
#10 - Lemmer - Mirns
Lemmer, Friesland, Netherlands
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 6 h 37 m
Start this trail in the old harbor town of Lemmer. Some houses and harbor parts date from the Middle Ages. Lemmer's fleet consists of almost 150 ships, so a good port is necessary. After picturesque Lemmer, the path runs along the coast of the IJsselmeer. First you pass the Ir. Wouda pumping station, one of the most famous pumping stations that keeps the Frisian country dry. In Gaasterland you can see the highest hills of Friesland, with 12.7 meters. During the goose breeding season you are not allowed to get too close to the coast. You walk through a number of forests to Mirns.Show more
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