Hindeloopen

Hindeloopen

In an almost deserted, idyllic setting is the unique historic town of Hindeloopen. Hindeloopen is one of the eleven towns in Friesland province. It received town rights in 1225.

Although it never had a sea port, only an anchorage, Hindeloopen used to be an important Hansa town thriving on trade and shipping. It boasts many listed buildings from the 18th century, a period of great prosperity for Hindeloopen. Perhaps you will have heard of Hindeloopen folk costumes and traditional fabrics and more importantly their colourful painted wooden furniture with floral motifs. The latter was all the rage in “captains’ houses” around the year 1650. This folk art was influenced and inspired by trading contacts with the Baltic countries and Scandinavia. Until the end of the 18th century, Hindeloopen had little contact with its hinterland, instead it focussed exclusively on Amsterdam, England, Scandinavia and the Baltic for its trade and shipping contacts via sea. This explains why the local dialect differed so much from that of its neighbours. There are several places in Hindeloopen where you can admire Hindelooper folk art (traditional and new) including the Hidde Nijland Museum (housed in the former town hall  - 1683). In the museum you can also find out about the town’s history in shipping and fishery.