Tours past the treasures of northeast Friesland

    Markant Friesland Cycling Tours with luggage and breakdown service

    Admiraliteitshuis, Dokkum
    Admiraliteitshuis, Dokkum
    Admiraliteitshuis, Dokkum

    DOKKUM (NL) - The Markant Friesland Route is the most enthralling cycling route in Friesland, second only to the route of the Elfsteden­tocht (Eleven Towns Skating Race). The Elfsteden­tocht route is 254 km long and takes you past all the province’s famous highlights. By contrast you should regard the 170 km long Markant Friesland route as a comfortable ‘expedition’ along almost completely unknown, but utterly unique places of interest. It is a trip full of pleasant surprises and one which gives you an insight into how Friesland and its rich cultural history came into being.

    You will come across palaces of the landed nobility, meadows surrounded by timber embankments, romantic villages on top of knolls, the Lauwersmeer National Park, the Wadden Sea UNESCO world heritage site, Dokkum which is on the famous eleven towns skating route, medieval churches and remnants of monasteries, and more than twenty unique museums. Art, nature and culture - that is Markant Friesland.

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    13th Symposium Waddenacademie Wadden Sea Research

    10 and 11 December 2014, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

    The Wadden Sea
    The Wadden Sea
     

    The Waddenacademie and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO; the Dutch research council), organise a symposium focussing on Wadden Sea research.

    On December 10, we start with a key-note presentation by John Dagevos (Researchcoordinator/Project manager Tilburg School of Economics and Management) about the Wadden barometer, which is being developed by the University of Tilburg and IMSA Amsterdam. After his presentation, the scientific pro’s and con’s of the Wadden barometer will be discussed.

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    ‘Stinzen’ and ‘staten’

    From a medieval tower (‘stins’) to a palace (‘state’)

    Dekemastate, Jelsum
    Dekemastate, Jelsum
    Dekemastate, Jelsum

    The first buildings to be built in Friesland using natural stone or bricks were stone refuge towers, known in Friesland as ‘stinzen’. ‘Stins’ means stone. These squat towers with rounded peaks served as a refuge for their owners, the farming gentry. These people were the rural aristocracy in Friesland, which had no earls or counts before 1500.

    Natural stone
    The first ‘houses’ in Friesland were made from wood and reeds because of a lack of readily available natural stone in the region. However, churches were built of natural stone, primarily tuff stone from the Eifel mountain range in Germany. The stone was transported to the North of the country along the river IJssel via the towns of Deventer and Kampen.

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    WaddenzeeLand Info Centre at ‘De Seedykstertoer’

    Recreational farm with camping site serves outside of the dyke pleasures

    ‘De Seedykstertoer’, a tower silo with a view to the island of Ameland.
    ‘De Seedykstertoer’, a tower silo with a view to the island of Ameland.
    ‘De Seedykstertoer’, a tower silo with a view to the island of Ameland.

    MARRUM (NL) – The north of Friesland is actually a silted middle sea which was dyked by monks in the early Middle Ages. North of the line Minnertsga, Berlikum, Beetgum, Stiens and Hallum there was in the late Middle Ages a vast marsh. The inhabitants of this ancient land called this ‘uytland’ [lit. outside land’] ‘Bil’, in the fourteenth century.

    The ‘Bildt’ was from 1505 dyked by labourers from the provinces Holland, Brabant and Zeeland, and this is why in this part of Friesland one speaks ‘Bildts’: much old Dutch with little Frisian. Their work camps were given the names of the villages where they came from: Wijngaarden, Altoena and Kijfhoek. When Roman churches were established in the villages which were in the making, these were successively named Sint [Saint] Jacobiparochie, Sint Annaparochie and (Onze Lieve [Our Lady]) Vrouwenparochie ( a ‘parochie’ is a parish).

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    Harlingen: a pleasant surprise on the shores of the Wadden Sea

    A delightful monumental harbour town with a wealth of unique shops, restaurants and cafes

    Harlingen Noorderhaven
    Harlingen Noorderhaven
    Sea cruise port Harlingen

    “This town is always in motion,” explains Albert Hendriks, managing director of Friesland Holland Tourist Information. “Things happen here. There is always something to do, even on Sundays.” That motion can indeed be interpreted quite literally. The location of this harbour town in the northwest of Friesland, on the shores of the Wadden Sea, means it is affected by the tides every twelve hours. The change in the water level in the harbour in the town centre is clearly visible and is at least 2.20 m. Additional motion is provided at set times of the day by the ferries to Vlieland and Terschelling and the water launches.
    Harlingen is also the home port of around 70 traditional sailing charter vessels and hundreds or sailing and motor yachts. A lot of effort is being put into creating additional facilities for pleasure cruising vessels.

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    Students from World Maritime University visited the Wadden Sea

    Students from World Maritime University visited the Wadden Sea
    Students from World Maritime University visited the Wadden Sea
     

    Visits of student groups of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, became a welcome tradition at the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat over the years. From 19 March to 21 March 2014, a group of eight students from four countries (Liberia, Myan Mar, South Africa and Sri Lanka), currently studying within the programme on “Marine Environmental Management”, experienced, together with their Canadian Prof. Larry Hildebrand, a series of presentations and excursions on and in the Wadden Sea area.

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    Publicatiedatum: 23 februari 2016 - Reporter: Albert Hendriks

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    Ameland heeft zelf schuld aan wegblijven Duitsers

    Amelander bedrijven en de eilander VVV hadden en hebben geregeld forse kritiek op de activiteiten van de officiële marketingbureaus op het vasteland, Friesland Marketing en Merk Fryslân, maar ze blijken zelf niet tot de ijverigsten en slimsten te behoren.

    Het gaat al een tijdje minder met de Amelander groepsverblijven. Onder andere Duitse schoolgroepen blijven steeds vaker weg. Het European Tourism Futures Institute, het ETFI in Leeuwarden, heeft een en ander onderzocht op verzoek van de Vereniging Groepsverblijven Ameland en de gemeente Ameland. Dit zijn de veelzeggende bevindingen van het ETFI: http://www.etfi.nl/site/download/F0v3IBUB538p?type=open

      Een impressie van de Friese deelname aan de Didacta in Köln en de omgeving van de stand.De Friese deelname aan de Didacta in Köln.

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    Symposium 'Sense of Place'
    12th symposium Waddenacademie

    Terschelling, Jun 11 &12 2014

    Wadland workshop
    Wadland workshop
     

    In 2018, Leeuwarden will be the European Capital of Culture. The title of Lwd 2018 is Iepen Mienskip. Iepen is the Frisian word for ‘open’, whereas Mienskip represents the Frisian sense of community.

    One of the main events of Lwd 2018 is Sense of Place. Initiator of Sense of Place is Oerol, the international theatre festival of Terschelling which attracts for over 30 years more than 50,000 visitors. In 2013, Oerol organized the first Sense of Place seminar on cultural landscape development.

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    Constructed ecosystems reduce risk of flooding

    Constructed ecosystems reduce risk of flooding
    Constructed ecosystems reduce risk of flooding
     

    In many locations throughout the world, protection against increasingly severe flooding can be improved by the construction of large ecosystems (e.g. tidal marshes and mangroves). In comparison with conventional flood-prevention methods, this new concept is more resistant to climate change, in addition to being more cost-efficient and having many additional social benefits.

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    Prior 12th symposium Waddenacademie "Sense of place", Terschelling, 11th and 12th of june 2014

    Sense of place
    Sense of place
     

    In 2018, Leeuwarden will be the European Capital of Culture. One of the main events of LWD 2018 will be Sense of Place, a voyage around exiting works of land art and land architecture in which the Wadden Sea landscape plays the leading role.

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    Trilateral Governmental Conference 2014

    Trilateral Governmental Conference 2014
    Trilateral Governmental Conference 2014
     

    The Trilateral Danish-German-Dutch Government Conference on the Protection of the Wadden Sea was successfully concluded in the town of Tønder, Denmark on 4-5 February 2014.

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    Wadden hiking: 1200 km of hiking trails along the Wadden Sea World Heritage

    Sexbierum
    Sexbierum
    Sexbierum

    The Wadden Sea is a remarkable nature reserve. It is the world's largest continuous system of sand- and mud flats, having retained its largely undisturbed natural dynamics. These conditions are vital to the 10 to 12 million birds that land here for shorter or longer periods during their annual migrations. It is only in the Wadden area that they encounter enough nourishment to be able to endure the thousands of kilometers of flight lying ahead. At the end of June 2009, the Wadden Sea was added to the UNESCO world heritage list.

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    The new Wadden Sea World Heritage Brand

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    waddenzee
     

    PROWAD has developed a description of the "World Heritage Brand" which translates the "Outstandind Universal Value" defining the essence, values, core characteristics and mission of the brand. It outlines the benefits of using the brand conistently across the Wadden Sea for stakeholders and visitors.

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    PROWAD Tourism Strategy signed at Ministerial Conference

    The joint strategy for “Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination”, which was approved  as an Annex to the Council Declaration which was signed by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of the Environment Mikkel Aarøe-Hansen, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture Sharon Dijksma (photo left), and the German State Secretary for the Environment Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (photo right).
    The joint strategy for “Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination”, which was approved as an Annex to the Council Declaration which was signed by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of the Environment Mikkel Aarøe-Hansen, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture Sharon Dijksma (photo left), and the German State Secretary for the Environment Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (photo right).
     

    The strategy on "Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Destination" was adopted at the Trilateral Ministerial Council at the 12th Trilateral Governmental Conference in Toender (Denmark) on 5 February 2014.

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    PROWAD- Protect and Prosper
    Sustainable Tourism in the Wadden Sea

    waddenzee
    waddenzee
     

    The Wadden Sea is a worldwide unique natural area, situated along the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. It is the largest coherent system of intertidal flats and barrier islands in the world. It is an essential stoppover for migratory birds along the East Atlantic and African-Eurasian Flyway. Biodiversity on a worldwide scale is reliant on the Wadden Sea.

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    In the land of the Frisians – coastal identity in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands

    The presentation of a transboundary study at the 12th Trilateral Ministerial Conference on the Protection of the Wadden Sea, in Tondern, Denmark.

    The Wadden Sea arouses the same feeling of regional identity in people living on the German coast as it does in their Dutch and Danish counterparts. This is the conclusion reached from an online survey of the inhabitants of the Wadden Sea in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands which was carried out by the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Geesthacht, in cooperation with the Wadden Sea Forum.

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