Elfstedenstad IJlst

IJlst is the undiscovered pearl of the Frisian eleven cities. Lyts mar krigel, or small but nice, is what the inhabitants of IJlst say themselves. Unknown, but not unloved, for this town has a good ambiance!

Irina, Polen Just stunning and beautiful place, the view, the silence. I cannot get enough of it.

Feeling at home & History

Whether you are seated at the cafe terrace at the Stadsherberg in IJlst watching the boats pass by, or taking a stroll along the centuries-old canals with their road-side gardens, you will recognise the historicity of the special place that is IJlst. The town and the direct surroundings can perfectly be discovered by bike, afoot, or by boat. Navigate through the narrow canal of the Eegracht with the road-side gardens, walk through the Ruterpolder or visit the saw mill De Rat, and you will lose your heart to this elfsteden city.


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Beautiful gardens

Farmhouse Stadzigt is surrounded by green fields and meadows, waterways and in summer a sea of flowers. Guests are welcome to enjoy themselves and relax in the front and side gardens. Authentic flower and grass species were planted with care in the adjacent walking garden.

Are you staying outdoors until twilight? Then you will undoubtedly have the pleasure of seeing the little owl that makes its round during the night.



Path through the Ruterpolder

The path starts behind the monumental chimney of the Nooitgedagt factory, where hikers can cross the water by way of a small cable ferry. At the other side, the path disappears into the Ruterpolder. Looking at IJlst from this place western of the town, it looks almost exactly as it did two centuries ago.

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Waking up because of the lack of sound?
That is what awaits you in one of the farm suites of Stadzigt at a historical location in the midst of the Frisian lake district.

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Centrally located in Friesland at barely a one and a half hour drive from Amsterdam you will imagine yourself placed back in time. Waterways and cycle routes traverse the old city centre of the elfsteden city of IJlst that lies in the midst of reclaimed land, fields and meadows.

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IJlst is located at a central place in Friesland: at a distance of a one and a half hour drive from Amsterdam, a short distance removed from Sneek, and in the midst of the Frisian lake district. Stadzigt IJlst is easily accessible by public transport, by car, by bike, and by waterway.

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