PRINSENTUIN – The city park PRINSENTUIN on the north side of Leeuwarden’s inner city was commissioned by Prince Willem Frederik of Nassau in 1648. It was once a private garden for the ruling Nassau family. Hence the name, Prince’s Garden, when translated.
Prinsentuin is a great place to tune-out the bustle of the city nearby whenever you fancy a quick green oasis scenery change. Enjoy the park with your lunch, a picnic basket or check out the Grand Café Restaurant De Koperen Tuin [http://www.dekoperentuin.nl/] for some ‘broodjes’ (translation: sandwiches).
This park is a popular local hangout in the summer months and it is the main performance stage for music events during those days. A small museum, Pier Pander Museum, is located among the sprawling greenery. Other than that, the park is rather quiet. Not a touristy place of interest.
Address: Prinsentuin 1. 8911DE Leeuwarden.
PIER PANDER MUSEUM – situated in the Prinsentuin is a tiny museum dedicated to the life and works of Pier Pander (1864-1919).
Pander was born in Drachten, the second largest town in the province of Friesland. He was the son of a poor Frisian skipper. His talent for wood carving was recognized at an early age and he was given the opportunity to study in Amsterdam sponsored by wealthy patrons.
He was a celebrated artist, winning the Prix de Rome for sculpture in 1885 and spent most of his time living in Rome. Pander was famous for his portrait of Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962) which was on the previous currency, guilder (fl), coins.
After Pander’s death, the entire collection was bequeathed to the municipality of Leeuwarden with one condition for a museum. Pier Pander museum was eventually opened in 1954. It was the first museum in the Netherlands dedicated to one single artist.
This place of interest is managed by the Historic Center of Leeuwarden.
For Dutch information: https://historischcentrumleeuwarden.nl/pier-pander
For (short) English information: https://historischcentrumleeuwarden.nl/english/239-english-articles/2072-pier-pander-museum-and-temple
It is now October and this museum is open only on Sundays. Soon it will be close till June next year. I would not recommend a visit if you can not in any way relate to Pier Pander. Your entrance tickets to the nearby De Oldehove tower grant you free entry to Pier Pander Museum. Otherwise, the museum entrance fees itself is cheap at €2.00 per adult. FYI for next year.
There is a circular building a stone throw away from this museum known as the Pier Pander Temple. Pander designed this building and it was realized in 1924, five years after his death. The temple is famous for its concept of five sculptures that symbolize the state of mind of the creative artist’s mental state: courage, feeling, strength, thought and inspiration. I did not visit due to time constraints.
Address: Prinsentuin 1b. 8911DE Leeuwarden.
Opening Hours: From June till September on Saturdays and Sundays 1pm – 5pm.
Entrance Fees: €2.00 for adults and €1.00 for kids age 7-16 yrs old. Free for kids 0-6 yrs old.
Getting There: About 10 minutes walk from Leeuwarden train station.