Leeuwarden (Dutch: [ˈleːuɑrdə(n)] (listen); West Frisian: Ljouwert [ˈljɔːʋ(ə)t]/[ˈʎɔːw(ə)t] (listen); Town Frisian: Liwwadden; Leeuwarder dialect: Leewarden) is a charming city and municipality in the Friesland province of the Netherlands, with a population of 123,107 (2019). The city boasts a rich history, dating back to the 10th century, and is home to many historically significant buildings and landmarks. As the provincial capital and seat of the Provincial Council of Friesland, Leeuwarden is also the main economic hub of the region, situated in a green and water-rich environment. In 2018, Leeuwarden was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture, further cementing its status as a must-visit destination for travelers. One of the city’s most famous events is the Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), an ice-skating tour passing through the eleven cities of Friesland, which begins and ends in Leeuwarden. The city’s historic center is also home to a large shopping district, as well as numerous restaurants and squares. Whether you’re interested in history, art, or simply want to soak up the unique atmosphere of this incredible city, Leeuwarden is the perfect destination for your next adventure.

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