IJlst is a small city in Southwest Friesland. It is located about 3 km from Sneek.
IJlst received city rights in 1268 and is one of the eleven cities in Friesland.
The city was always known for its shipbuilding and trading position.
The city thanks its name to a river that used to run through IJlst, the old Ee.
A place to visit in IJlst is the windmill 'De Rat'