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Municipality of Smallingerland

Smallingerland is found in the east of the province of Friesland, and its capital is Drachten. Drachten is the second largest town in Friesland. It has a fine reputation for its diversity and provides a pleasant living and working environment. If you enjoy the theatre, movies or public events, Drachten is the right place for you.

Town Centre
In the town centre and nearby areas you will find a surprising variety of shops, delightful cafes with pleasant terraces. A market is held at this square every Thursday afternoon and Saturday. Free Wi-Fi is available in the town centre.

Things To Do
Drachten organises many cultural events during the year, Simmerdeis and the Easter fair for example. The Naturij is the largest children’s farm in the north. With a playground, an indoor playhall, a traffic yard and of course many animals. Theatre De Lawei provides a large variety of shows and concerts from all over the world.

Surrounding Area
Drachten is located centrally between De Alde Feanen National Park, an area called Drents-Friese Wold with woods, heaths and drift sands and the Frisian lakes. The country estates of Beetsterzwaag are also within easy reach.

Drachten was originally a peat-land village colony. For transporting the peat people depended on the water and used ‘skûtsjes’ (Frisian flat-bottomed cargo boats). Many of the skûtsjes still being sailed were built in Drachten. One shipyard still exists.



For more information visit: https://www.smallingerland.nl/