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Welcome.in... Dokkum! A city in the municipality of Friesland and ideal for those who want to experience real history. In the Frisian language, the city is described as 'smûk,' which means cozy, beautiful, and well-maintained without being too large. The liveliness in the narrow shopping streets, charming terraces, and artisanal brewery make it a delightful place to stay. Have you become curious? Then read on, we'll tell you all about it!

Sights in Dokkum

Old Dokkum is a city filled with historical sights. There are several hotspots that are perfect for getting to know the city well:

  • Bonifatius: As a tangible tribute to the location where Bonifatius lost his life, a statue of Bonifatius stands next to the Bonifatius spring, measuring an impressive 2.50 meters in height. Around this spring, which serves as an important pilgrimage destination, a chapel has been built from monastery stones. You can also visit this chapel;
  • The ramparts: In 1581, Prince Willem of Orange ordered the construction of a hexagonal defensive work around the city with canals and fortifications: The ramparts. Here, you can enjoy a leisurely walk and take in other sights such as the Zeldenrust and De Hoop windmills, 19th-century cannons, and picturesque views;
  • The brewery: In 1705, Aafke Jelles purchased building number 15 on Diepswal and started the brewery 'Het Half Maentje' (The Half Moon). After ten years, she sold the brewery and its contents. Now, more than 300 years later, there are once again active breweries, and in honor of this history, a unique well seat was placed in 2020;
  • The Ice Fountain: In 2015, Birthe Leemeijer designed the Ice Fountain for Dokkum as part of the 11fountains project, a gift in honor of Leeuwarden-Fryslân as the European Capital of Culture in 2018. The fountain, installed in early 2019 after delays, symbolizes the relationship between humans and nature, climate change, and the Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), remaining a real eye-catcher due to its changing ice layers;
  • Admiralty: In 1597, the Admiralty established itself in Dokkum but later moved to Harlingen in 1645 due to the silting up of the sea connection. Captain Theunis Wolterz achieved successes, but prosperity disappeared with the Admiralty;
  • The Eleven Cities Tour: On January 2, 1909, participants of the first Elfstedentocht arrived in Dokkum, where Minne Hoekstra ultimately won after 13 hours and 50 minutes. The turning point in Dokkum is the first stamping post and remains a significant point. Since 1929, Dokkum has also been the last stamping post for safety reasons. Since 1997, everyone has been waiting for the next tour, and the longing for this legendary spectacle is great! It giet oan! (It's going to happen!)
  • City Rights: Count Jan I of Holland received a letter in 1298 signed by the city council of Dokkum, recognizing the city as the fourth in Friesland. The town hall, built in 1610, is still used by the Municipality of Noardeast-Fryslân, which includes 51 villages and 63 hamlets alongside Dokkum. 

Activities in Dokkum

In addition to the beautiful history, you'll naturally want to engage in some activities. But what to do in Dokkum? You just need to put on your shoes and make a plan. Stroll along the hotspots during a city walk with a guide full of stories.

Water Adventures and Relaxation

Looking for more adventure? Explore Dokkum by water! Rent a paddleboard, canoe, or enjoy a relaxing boat tour. These can be booked from April 1 to October 1. Outside the season, you can go on the water by request or on your own initiative. Keep in mind that the weather in Dokkum is similar to that of other places in the Netherlands. With a bit of luck, you can even brave the ice on the water in winter. Ice skating tours on the legendary Elfstedentocht route are then possible!

Culture and Relaxation in Museums

Have you filled your days with active pursuits and are craving relaxation? Then visit the museum in the heart of Dokkum's historic center. This museum offers a unique view of 2000 years of culture in Northeast Friesland, with special attention to Bonifatius. Admire old utensils, folk art, paintings, and Frisian pottery. 

Brouwerij Dockum

In the heart of Dokkum, at Brouwerij Dockum, artisanal specialty beers are brewed in the midst of their own tasting room. Here, flavorful dishes are paired with the best specialty beers from Kâld Kletske and Bonifatius. From tours and brewing your own beer to tastings and business meetings, Brouwerij Dockum accommodates every occasion.

Shopping in Dokkum

Dokkum is known for its excellent shopping opportunities. As a true shopping city, it offers everything you need for your outfit, household items, or accessories. If you're in town only on the weekend, no problem. Every first Sunday of the month is a shopping Sunday!

Tolhuisbad Dokkum

Bringing along younger company? Then visit Tolhuisbad, Dokkum's swimming pool. This pool offers both sports activities and relaxation for everyone. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned enthusiast, everyone can exercise and unwind at Tolhuisbad Dokkum. Moreover, this pool is also suitable for people with disabilities.

Dining Out in Dokkum

After all those busy activities, it's time to enjoy a nice meal out in Dokkum. From snack bars to fine restaurants, there's something for everyone.

Cafetaria De Lantaarn

Stop by Cafetaria De Lantaarn for a quick bite and savor delicious potato slices, croquettes, or half a chicken.

Stadscafé Artisante

Prefer a glass of wine? Then Stadscafé Artisante is the place for you! In this trendy and cozy establishment, you can taste the informal and Mediterranean atmosphere. It's a beautiful corner building where you can relax and enjoy dishes and fine wines.

De Halve Maan

A beer lover? At De Halve Maan, you're welcome seven days a week for a delicious lunch or a tasty dinner. This historic building was used as a brewery called "Het Half Maentie" in the 17th century. In addition to delicious dishes, they also have a wide selection of (special) beers. You'll feel right at home.

Renting a Vacation Home

Are you completely convinced after reading all this information and would you like to rent a vacation home in Dokkum? You can! At Welcome.in, we have an extensive selection to find accommodation that suits your and your party's wishes perfectly. Whether you want to stay in the city center or prefer something outside, it's all possible. Take a look at our vacation home offerings in Dokkum quickly.