Just outside of Leeuwarden you can find the Poptaslot (Popta Castle), aka Heringa State. The history of this manor goes back to the 15th century, when it was founded by the Heringa family as a fortified manor house. In 1603 the van Eysinga family acquired the manor by inheritance, converted it and gave it the appearance it still has today. Following the death of the last member of that family living at Poptaslot, in 1687, her heirs sold the manor to Dr. H. Popta. Up to his death in 1712, Dr. Popta used Heringa State, chiefly as a summer residence. Ever since then the house has never been lived in.
As a museum Poptaslot welcomes visitors to look round the various rooms, which are still fully and delicately furnished in 17th and 18th century style. On the upper floor are the finely worked oak box beds dating from about 1540. Also the ‘Almshouse’ founded by Dr. Popta in 1712 to offer widows in need and single elderly women a carefree old age is certainly worth visiting. From July to August you can visit the Poptaslot and get a guided tour!