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Exploring 7 of the 11 Fountains

11 Frisian towns, connected by water. Preferably frozen water, in order to organise the legendary Elfstedentocht skating event. Now that Jack Frost often lets the side down, a number of alternatives have been devised for the 'Mother of all Routes': cycling, kick scootering, walking, sailing, supping and there's even a culinary route. In 2018, Olympic open water swimmer Maarten van der Weijden almost completed the Elfstedentocht swimming route, after falling just short at 163 kilometres of the 200 kilometres in total.

However, 2018 also saw the introduction of a totally new style of Elfstedentocht. Within the scope of 'Leeuwarden – Friesland 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe', 11 leading international artists designed fountains for the 11 towns, each one reflecting the history and the character of that particular town.

The result is a unique Elfstedentocht, in which the cultural unity of the 11 Frisian towns is underlined by the fountains. No less than 7 of the 11 fountains can be found in Waterland van Friesland.

Exploring 7 of the 11 Fountains

11Fountains is one of the most important art projects of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, Cultural Capital of Europe. This is a new form of cultural heritage: 11 fountains by 11 leading artists in the 11 towns of Friesland. The fountains and their designers are:

Bolsward - Johan Creten (Belgium) / Dokkum - Birthe Leemeijer (The Netherlands) / Franeker - Jean-Michel Othoniel (France) / Harlingen - Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (United States, Cuba) / Hindeloopen - Shen Yuan (China) / IJlst - Shinji Ohmaki (Japan) / Leeuwarden - Jaume Plensa (Spain) / Sloten - Jorge & Lucy Orta (Argentina & Great Britain) / Sneek - Stephan Balkenhol (Germany) / Stavoren - Mark Dion (United States) / Workum - Cornelia Parker (Great Britain).

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"MeAR Fryslân" is not simply a route app, but rather an app that allows you to visit all the beautiful aspects of Fryslân interactively. In "MeAR Fryslân", you'll find routes, including the 11fountains route, with an extra digital experience in the form of audio, photos, video and augmented reality.

Download the route of your choice, preferably using a Wi-Fi connection, so you're not dependent on an Internet connection when you're in the countryside. Once you've downloaded the route, it's available offline in the app under "mijn routes" (my routes).

The "MeAR Fryslân" app leads you to all the places where there is something wonderful to discover, using the GPS on your mobile phone and an easily readable map. A brief explanation is given of each point of interest, after which you can start the experience.

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