A tourist’s walking route from Sneek promotor Petra Miedema
SNEEK (NL) – On a Friday morning we take a short stroll with Sneek promotor Petra Miedema through the inner city that has been the commercial centre of Southwest Friesland since as far back as mediaeval times. The sun casts a glow on the prosperity that the city has never lacked.
1 At the city hall: ‘One of the most attractive rococo gables in North Netherlands. From the city hall on Marktstraat we proceed via Kleine Kerkstraat, de Leeuwenburg and the Suupmarkt to the Kleinzand.
2 ‘If you really want to know why Sneek has traditionally been such a splendid watersports destination, you have to take a look at the Frisian Maritime Museum (Friesch Scheepvaartmuseum) on Kleinzand.’
3 Also at Kleinzand you can find the 140-year-old distillery Beerenburg Weduwe Joustra, which has been maintained entirely in its original style. As a visitor to Sneek this is something you don’t want to miss! Pure craftsmanship in a nostalgic ambience. ‘It's wonderful that something like this still exists’, Petra says.
4 Grootzand - Korte Pijpsteeg - Sint Martinuskerk - Korte Pijpsteeg - Grootzand.
5 We proceed via the shopping street Grootzand along the city canal to the water gate. ‘The last vestige of the old fortress Sneek. Do you see that the clock is five minutes fast? This is an old custom. The gatekeeper did that in order to have everyone inside without any trouble, before closing time!’
6 Via Waterpoortsgracht and Martiniplein (square) we arrive at the church Grote Martinikerk. ‘Here is the church knoll at the edge of the Middelzee where Sneek was originally founded.’ The church is used for worship as well as for classical concerts and exhibitions. It can be visited during summer.
7 Via Martini square and the non-opening bridge over Waterpoortsgracht, we leave the fortress and cross Stationstraat toward the train station. ‘The model train museum is housed in this lovingly restored building."