Are you coming to Balk?

Discover this nautical events that take place in South-West Friesland

Are you coming to Balk?

If you visiting or already are in Friesland, you can also drop by in Balk. This town is beautifully situated at the waterfront and in a wooded area. Are you coming?

The Town

Balk is located in the province of Friesland in the municipality The Frisian Lakes. Nearly 4,000 residents live in the town that lies between Harich and Wijckel. The word goes that the name of this town is formed because of the way the village was established. The canal the Luts flows through this village. The town owes its name to the story that the village was created after a beam had been laid over the canal .

Points of interest in Balk

Balk has a so called protected village panorama and is one of the protected town- and villagescapes of Friesland. In this town you will find several national monuments which are well worth a visit. Also discover the beautiful churches, such as the Sint-Ludgeruschurch, It Breahûs and the Paadwizer.

Activities in Balk

Nowadays Balk is known for the many water sports opportunities. You will find several sailing schools in Balk where you can learn how to sail. One of the sailing schools, Ulepanne, is even a multiple winner of the Dutch Sailing Championships! From Balk it is easy to get to the Slotermeer where it is very nice to sail. Between Balk and Heeg you can sail with a traditional Skûtsje and you have the opportunity to see the town from a completely different angle. But even people who love cycling and hiking will have a wonderful time in Balk. The place is not just situated at the water shore, but there are also possibilities to make nice hiking and biking tours in the wooded areas. You can also explore the area on horseback through different riding trails. Explore the forests of Gaasterland on horseback, by bicycle or on foot.

Spending the night in Balk

In and around Balk you will find several campsites and holiday parks. Many of them are at the waterfront and have places to dock your own boat . You prefer to have a campsite or holiday park surrounded by nature? These are also to be found around Balk. Rather stay in a hotel or B&B?
Book a well rated hotel or B&B in Balk and enjoy your multi-day visit to this place.
Enjoy the place and area and also visit the towns nearby which all have a lot to offer.

Events in Balk

In the winter months a yearly boat race takes place in Balk. The Berenburg Cup crosses the Slotermeer and starts in Balk. An incredibly fun event to attend! The games take place in the months of November, December and January and Sonnema is the main sponsor of the event. The exciting races are fun to watch for the whole family.

Culinary Balk

During your stay in Balk good food and drinks are of course very important. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to dine out in Balk. Enjoy the Frisian specialties like nowhere else to be found; so delicious! At the waterfront dining is also possible and the menus of the restaurants offer more than enough variety

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