The Essential
Bolsward (Boalsert in Frisian) was one of the eleven cities of Friesland. Once linked to the Zuiderzee, this was a wealthy and powerful city which had the right to mint its own coins from the 11C onwards and later became a Hanseatic League town. Today it is a peaceful town located at the centre of a rich rural area, which is enlivened every three years by the award of the Frisian Literature prize named after the writer Gysbert Japicx.