Bolsward

Once a thriving port city, this lively town now boasts rich history, an array of fun cultural events, and a nice atmosphere.

The town is founded on three artificial dwelling hills, of which the first was built some time before Christ. Bolsward was a trading city with a port in the Middle Ages. The middlesea connected the port to the North Sea, but this connection was lost when the middlesea was reclaimed from the sea. As a trading city, Bolsward was granted city rights by Philip the Good in 1455. Bolsward was also a member of the Hanseatic league. It was the center of the former municipality named Bolsward, before that was merged into Sudwest Fryslan. Several annual festivals are celebrated in Bolsward.
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