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Leeuwarden is a dynamic and vibrant capital city, located in the Northern part of the Netherlands in the prosperous, agricultural province of Friesland, with many lush meadows and open water. With 107,000 inhabitants, Leeuwarden was once a royal residence and has a beautiful historical centre, a wealth of listed buildings, fun shops and relaxing terraces and canals.
European Capital of Culture 2018
It comes as no surprise that Leeuwarden has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018. In the run-up to 2018, Leeuwarden is working to create a culturally vibrant climate to mobilise the city, region and people.
The city of Leeuwarden is the start and finish of the Frisian Eleven-city long distance skating tour (Elfstedentocht) with fascinating museums, over 1000 monuments, special boutiques and spectacular events. An extraordinary church tower, the ‘Oldenhove’, originated in 1529 and has its story of why it leans more than the tower of Pisa in Italy.
Another important feature as a center of trading in the north is the ‘Waag’, which was built in 1590. This is a historical building where products were weighed before being sold on the market.
Leeuwarden also hosts the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, the Water Campus for Research and Development of Water Technology, and the Dairy Campus, thus confirming it as the perfect location to hold the first International Precision Dairy Farming Conference.
Many historical figures originate from Leeuwarden, such as M.C Escher, Mata Hari, the ancestor of the current Dutch Royal family Princess Maria Louise, poets, novelists, romantic authors and more.
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