Gorredijk

Gorredijk (De Gordyk) is the largest village in Opsterland, and has a central function for the surrounding villages. Gorredijk has a large number of facilities, and is therefore a nice place to live and spend free time.

Gorredijk (De Gordyk) is the largest village in Opsterland, and has a central function for the surrounding villages.  Gorredijk has a large number of facilities, and is therefore a nice place to live and spend free time.

Gorredijk has a library, a swimming pool with a sunbathing lawn, sport facilities and De Skâns, a multifunctional centre and theatre. If you love shopping, you'll love Gorredijk: the centre has many nice shops.  A biannual fair, the Gordykster Merke, is held on the first Monday of May and the last Monday of October.  There is also a weekly market every Wednesday.  On a number of Friday evenings, Gorredijk organises  'Musyk op ‘e Gordyk', where live music is performed on a podium above the waters of the Opsterlandse Compagnonsvaart, the canal which runs through Gorredijk.

The Opsterlân museum, established in a monumental school building from 1887, is one of Gorredijk's attractions.  The museum tells the story of the village using often changing thematic exhibitions.  Gorredijke has a number of merchant houses and other old buildings, primarily along the Compagnonsvaart.

History

Gorredijk developed through peat exploitation.  Gorredijk is a so-called 'Vlecke' – not a town, but too large to be called a village – where in the past goods were imported, stored and traded.  Peat, above all, was transported through Gorredijk.  A clear and present reminder of the time of peat mining is the Opsterlânske Kompanjonsfeart (Opsterlandse Compagnonsvaart), the canal which runs straight through the village.  This canal is part of the Turfroute, a beautiful, green, recreational waterway, which ensures that that the village is lively, especially during the summer months.

Gorredijk has a rich Jewish history, and has a synagogue and a Jewish school. In a meadow to the south of Gorredijk, a historic Jewish cemetery is located on the Dwersfeart.  The latter is a tranquil place, which is well worth a visit during a hike or cycle tour.

You can find more information about Gorredijk on www.grootgelijknaargorredijk.nl.