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Walking below the duckweed TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | IMAGES: NATUURMUSEUM FRYSLÂN
Located in the heart of Leeuwarden, in a gorgeous national monument, you will find the award-winning Frisian natural history museum, a place to discover nature like nowhere else. The museum combines information with entertainment, anticipating on kids’ fascination for everything that lives, grows and flourishes. Though adults will have the time of their lives as well. “We focus on co-education,” explains general manager Gerk Koopmans. “Kids learn by pressing buttons and jumping on things, while adults read the information. They’re learning from each other while they’re making their way through the museum.” The eye-catching permanent exhibition Friesland under water is a great example of the experiences the museum has to offer. “You’ll descend into the underwater world of a typical Frisian farmer’s ditch: you walk below the
duckweed, meet diving cormorants and a dangerous-looking catfish. But your feet stay dry!” Besides these interesting experiences, the museum offers many temporary exhibitions and their extensive and scientifically valuable permanent collection of over 300,000 exhibits keeps growing. “Every day a taxidermist is at work in the museum. Visitors can see how he stuffs the animals, from the dissection to weighing the stomach contents and the actual stuffing. It’s very real and very fascinating.” This combination of science and experience has gained the museum the award for best childcentred museum of the Netherlands. “That award is like the Oscar for museums,” says Koopmans happily. And they won it rightfully. “This is the only museum where parents ask their kids whether it’s already time to go home,” he laughs. www.hetnatuurmuseum.nl
Uber-cool cubes in a characteristic country landscape TEXT: CATHY VAN KLAVEREN | IMAGES: WEIDUMERHOUT
Discover ancient Dutch villages and magical rural landscapes at this friendly boutique hotel in Friesland. With traditional farmhouse rooms and quirky Outside-Inn cubes, it is a unique place in a fairy tale location. With endless canals, mature orchards and historic architecture, this area is bursting with true Frisian character. The WeidumerHout hotel is an authentic Frisian farmhouse dating back to the 19th century and has three and a half acres of private countryside. With a large sloping roof and restored brickwork, the manor has a distinctive exterior which is characteristic of the era. Inside, there is an exquisite blend of old and new with exposed beams and rustic features complemented with stylish, modern luxuries. Outside, there are also five inventive cube rooms that have their own exclusive spot amongst the lush fields. Made from natural
wood and with clean, minimalist lines, they are standalone pods that are one of a kind. Floorto-ceiling windows look out over the peaceful scenery, while king-size beds are matched with deluxe en-suite bathrooms. With sensational views and a cosy, intimate vibe, they are perfect for couples who want to unwind. WeidumerHout also offers a restaurant, with daily varying lunch and dining options. The chef, who has previously worked for several exclusive restaurants, makes sure to offer a novel culinary experience by using fresh, local and seasonal produce every day. Make sure you book ahead, as the restaurant is popular with guests. So, if you would like to experience an unforgettable and unique stay in the countryside of the Netherlands, visit WeidumerHout or find out more on their website. www.weidumerhout.nl Issue 28 | April 2016 | 39
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