Dokkum is often jokingly referred to as ‘moordstad’; in Dutch this means both murder city and a city to die for. The latter because Dokkum is a friendly fortified town with many distinctive shops, restaurants, hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and terraces on the waterside and in the town centre. However, the northernmost of the Eleven Cities (city privileges awarded in 1298) is also known as the place where the missionary Boniface was murdered in 754. As a result, Dokkum has become a pilgrimage site for thousands of pilgrims and others who visit the source at the Bonifatiuskapel hoping to be cured by its healing powers. Also, all sorts of beverages, such as locally brewed beer (two of the breweries double as tasting rooms), and dishes carry the monk Boniface’s name.