A wonderful view of Friesland from an altitude of more than a hundred meters, with the Cultural Capital of Europe at your feet: the Abe Bonnema Experience 2018!

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At the Abe Bonnema Experience – located at the highest point in the north of the Netherlands – you can oversee a large part of Friesland. In fine weather, you can even see the ferries sailing to Ameland! The centre of Leeuwarden, the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018, lies literally at your feet.

This unique adventure takes place at the top of the 114-meter-high Achmea Tower in the heart of the city. The high-speed lift trip to the top is an experience in its own right. The Panorama Hall, on the 26th floor of the tower, exudes a sense of spaciousness and is a star attraction for all city visitors, big and small.

The exhibition Legacy of an Architect will open your eyes to urban planning and architecture, and offers insight into the work of the Frisian architect Abe Bonnema (1926-2001), who designed the Achmea Tower. Bonnema has meant a great deal for Leeuwarden. He also believed the Panorama Hall should be open to the public. And so it will be every Saturday throughout this Cultural Capital year!

With a room-wide aerial photograph at your feet, you will enjoy some inspiring views. On the floor, you can identify the buildings you see through the enormous windows. Interactive screens provide additional information, and tour guides will tell you some fascinating stories about the city.


Throughout 2018, the Abe Bonnema Experience 2018 on the top floor of the Achmea Tower in Leeuwarden has been open to the public every Saturday from 10:30am to 3:00pm.

This event is the result of a collaboration between Achmea and the Ir. Abe Bonnema Foundation, in the context of Leeuwarden-Fryslân Cultural Capital of Europe 2018.

Tickets are available online for the following time slots:

1. 10:30 am

2. 11.15 am

3. 12:00 noon

4. 12:45 pm

5. 1:30 pm

6. 2:15 pm

Entrance fee: €3
(€1.50 for children up to the age of 14)

Tickets are only valid for the selected time slot and cannot be exchanged or refunded. Please make sure you arrive on time, because you will only be allowed to enter the lift if accompanied by one of our tour guides!

Online ticket sales run via Schouwburg De Harmonie.
A limited number of individual tickets are available at the Tourist Office:

VVV Leeuwarden
Sophialaan 4
8911 AE Leeuwarden
[email protected]


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