Friesland is a unique and characterful province which is especially renowned for its lakes. But Friesland is so much more. Landgoed Lauswolt is situated within a landscape of streams and valleys. The Eleven Cities of Friesland all have their own unique character. Some are tiny, but their charm more than makes up for their size.
Few sporting events speak to the imagination as much as the Elfstedentocht. You can experience the Elfstedentocht yourself from our estate, with a stunning drive incorporating some (or all) of the Frisian cities. There you can see the new fountains that were built in each of the cities in 2018.
During a stay in Friesland, a visit to Leeuwaarden is not to be missed. This vibrant city was Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018 and has a thriving cultural heart. And, it's just a 20 minute drive from Landgoed Lauswolt.
The provincial capital is a fantastic place to be. Beyond the city limits you will find the peace and tranquillity that Friesland is famous for. In the centre of the city are a wide variety of shops, café terraces and interesting local sights. It is clear why, in 2011, Leeuwaarden won the title for best shopping street in the whole of the Netherlands!
Student city Groningen is known as the vibrant Hanseatic city of the far north. You will be surprised by its unique atmosphere and lively character. Wander through the centre past the many shops, cosy cafés and terraces. Beautiful canals meander through the city, with old, historic buildings and packhouses everywhere you look.
And all this just a 20 minute drive from our estate.
There are a variety of museums in the surrounding area. Be inspired by the Frisian Museum, which takes you on a journey through the history of Friesland and the Frisian people. Or visit the Groninger Museum in Groningen.
This is an flamboyant and colourful museum with a range of collections and presentations in the area of art and antiquities.
In Lemmer, around 25 minutes' drive from Landgoed Lauswolt, is the Woudagemaal Pumping Station. The Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal is the largest steam pumping station still in operation in the world. The Woudagemaal was opened in 1920 by Queen Wilhelmina and was tasked with pumping out surplus water from Friesland into the Zuiderzee, and later the IJsselmeer. It is still used today for this same purpose, several times a year. In 1998 the Woudagemaal was designated as one of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sights in the Netherlands.