Going abroad in our own country
Hindeloopen Travel Blog› entry 14 of 16 › view all entries
And where to go this day? Friesland was on our list for awhile, so we headed north for the Afsluitdijk towards this province where they do have their own language: Frisian (Frysk). However, if the Frisian people talk to me slowly I can understand quite of lot of it, because it has some affinities with the dialect I grew up with, a.o. the grammar. (Sadly this is not spoken anymore). Dutch visitors should not worry, because the Frisian people can speak Dutch perfectly well ofcourse.
After a coffeebreak at Bolsward (Boalsert) we toured the country and ended up at Hindeloopen (Hylpen). This is located the the coast of the former Zuiderzee, and is one of Frieslands oldest towns, it got the town privilege in the year 1225. The town got great prosperity by the shipping trade, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Today it is a lovely little town with picturesque streets, many of them too narrow for cars. Nice buildings too, the Big Church (Grutte Tsjerke) was founded in 1632 on the remains of its predecessor. The former townhall (1682/83) is now turned into a museum. Near the bridge and locks is the lockmaster's house (sylhús), which dates back to 1619. At the streetside of this building is a so-called liars bench, a meeting point for the locals to exhange the news, which could be a bit (or more) exaggerated at times.