Sneek, the watersport city of Friesland

Because of its central location in the Frisian lake area, Sneek is a real watersport city. This third largest city in Friesland has something for everyone, from cosy restaurants, cultural excursions, nice shops or relaxation on the water.

The city centre In downtown Sneek, there's always something to do. When the weather is nice, you can relax on the terraces on the Marktstraat. Sneek is also known for its cute shops and you can easily spend an afternoon shopping. And then we have the symbol of Sneek, the water gate, which is definitely worth a visit. The water gate consists of two pointed octagonal towers on either side of the bridge. The building was a gatekeeper's house, dating from 1785, although they have been rebuilt several times over the years. The symbol can be found, among other things, in the sails and clothing of the Gaastra brand.

Waterpoort Sneek, city center
Waterpoort Sneek

Sneekweek | Europe's largest sailing event on inland waterways On the Sneekermeer and the Poelen near Sneek, sailing regattas will be held in 42 different classes during the first week of August. Sneekweek has the motto: 'during the day you will compete for the honour and in the evening it’s all about the atmosphere'. Also in the city itself it is a big party, everywhere there are bars and 'live music' performances. If you are there by boat make sure to get a spot on time, both in the city and around the starting island it can be busy.

Activities The Frisian Shipping Museum is a nice excursion in the heart of Sneek. You can learn everything about the history of Frisian shipping but also about the city of Sneek. There is even a children's museum for children.

In addition, Sneek has a model railroad museum, which shows the largest collection of Dutch models in Europe.

If you are looking for a little more action, there is a waterski course near the Sneekermeer. Where you as a beginner or advanced are at the right place. You can also go wakeboarding here.

Would you like to visit Sneek with your own boat? Have a look at the charter fleet of Natural Yachts.