This is Achmeatoren (translation: Achmea Tower) in Leeuwarden. It is a commercial office built for Achmea Vastgoed, one of the largest supplier of financial services (mainly insurance) in the Netherlands.
Completed in 2002, this imposing structure is designed with black and gray granite tiles detailed with lots of glass. It is standing at 114.6 meters highand has 26 floors.
Since its completion the building has ‘lost’ its granite plates three times but fortunately no one has ever been injured.
For all the tourists visiting Leeuwarden city for the first time, make this building your first stop. The Tourist Information Centre (Dutch: VVV) is located on the ground floor of this superstructure. Walk in and get yourself a free map, brochures and some discount coupons. Also available are walking route map (chargeable) and local souvenirs.
The opening hours are:
Monday – 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday-Friday – 9:30am-5pm
Saturday – 10am-3pm
And every last Sunday of the month from 12pm – 3pm
VVV website: touristic thing you can do is to ‘climb’ this tower! Well, by taking a super speed lift to the observatory level located on the 26th floor.
It is open for public every second Saturday of the month with four allotted viewing time; 10:30am, 11:15am, 12:00pm and 12:45pm. Tickets are available at the VVV Leeuwarden desk; € 3.00 for adults and € 1.50 for children. Something I would like to do the next time around.
Check site for exact dates:–3272a636-54c6-46f0-8252-26857d39f86f

Achmeatoren is Leeuwarden’s highest skyscraper and the tallest high-rise building in the province of Friesland.

Address: Sophialaan 4.
Getting There: 2 minutes walk from Leeuwarden train station.

#mooilwd #leeuwarden #friesland


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