Stavoren was a member town of the German Hanseatic League. This was a powerful association of trading towns that negotiated with the kings of Norway, Sweden and Denmark on behalf of the different member towns and tried to ensure that these nobles kept their promises.
Currently Stavoren is the busiest water sport area in Friesland thanks to its good location on the IJsselmeer and a good water connection with the Frisian lakes that are so well-visited, especially in the summer.
On our way to Makkum we first rode along the dike, later through pasture land. Then we pass two compact old towns with rich trade histories, Hindeloopen and Workum. Both places offer several interesting museums and attractions and in the summer it is pleasantly busy here.
Hindeloopen. Hindeloopen is situated on a peninsula in the former Zuiderzee and is very well-known for its woodcutting and painting crafts, its beautiful captains’ homes and traditional costume. Hindeloopen is great to visit on foot. You cross narrow bridges and walk through small passageways.
Then we continued to Workum used to be a thriving harbour town. The two canals in the centre of town have been filled in and now form a lovely marketplace. There is a earthenware factory here too, that still supplies the real Frisian farm earthenware in green and brown.
The Jopie Huisman Museum is a special museum. Jopie Huisman was born in 1922 in the town of Workum. In his daily life he was a rag-and-bone man, but at the same time he improved himself on producing realistic paintings. His subjects always had something to do with his main job. Rags, old shoes and other discarded things were depicted by him in an arresting way. Besides he also made portraits of people among his acquaintances. Huisman never sold his paintings, but would give them away to people who he thought deserved them! In 1986 he founded his own museum in his place of birth, Workum. He died in 2000.