Leeuwarden, Netherlands, is the capital city of the province of Friesland (Fryslân) in Netherlands. Friesland is an interesting part of Netherlands, as it has its own language -- West Frisian, a language more similar to old English than Dutch and most native Frisians learn to speak it from childhood. Leeuwarden also has a long history, having had inhabitants continuously for around a thousand years, but Roman remains have also been found from more than two thousand years ago. The landscape has changed dramatically in this time as well; initially, they were living on manmade mounds called terpen before reclaiming land for farming across the whole province.
Leeuwarden has recently been awarded the status of European Capital of Culture, so it's a city where you can find a lot of cultural activities and museums. The most popular museum is the Fries Museum, which is a great place to learn about the history of Friesland with lots of objects to see. Another great museum is the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, which is also the birthplace of Escher, Leeuwarden's most famous artist. Leeuwarden also has many historic buildings to look at, including the Oldehove tower, which leans more than that other famous leaning tower. You can also climb it for only a few euros for great views over the city. Leeuwarden has lots of restaurants and a few bars for people who want to enjoy the nightlife.
There aren't many hostels in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, as it still relatively unknown city for tourists, but what exists in Leeuwarden is unique, as the rooms are located in a prison cell block within the Blockhuispoort. This complex was still being used as a prison up until the late twentieth century, and is now the cultural heart of the city with art galleries, restaurants, a library, and boutiques taking up residence in the many buildings. Your Leeuwarden, Netherlands hostel is within easy walking distance to everything in Leeuwarden, as it is a very compact city.
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