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Harlingen is a municipality and a city in the northern Netherlands, in the province of Friesland at the Wadden Sea. Harlingen is an old town with a long history of fishing and shipping.
Harlingen is served by two stations on the NS line from Leeuwarden. From 1904 to 1935 there was a passenger service on the North Friesland Railway, freight being carried until January 1938. The ferries to the Wadden islands of Vlieland and Terschelling depart from Harlingen.
The famous Dutch writer Simon Vestdijk was born in Harlingen and used to depict his hometown in his writings as Lahringen.
The town of Harlingen, Texas, in the United States is named after this city because many of the original settlers of the Texas town came from Harlingen.
The Admiralty of Friesland was established in Dokkum in 1597 but moved to Harlingen in 1645.
The famous Dutch writer Simon Vestdijk was born in Harlingen and used to depict his hometown in his writings as Lahringen. You can walk up the sidestreets with the captains's houses and the mainstreet with it's shops and restuarants up to the Brandaris, the lighthouse built in 1594, visit the museum Behouden Huys with its beautiful exhibits of the history and the culture of the island. Walking the sands, specially when the tide is out you can head endlessly towards the sea. There is more to see going East by bus and lose yourself in the dunes and the nature reserve. - Wikipedia
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