Groningen Off The Beaten Path

  • The entrance of Stadspark Groningen.
    The entrance of Stadspark Groningen.
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  • Stadspark Groningen and its beauty.
    Stadspark Groningen and its beauty.
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  • Part of the arboretum.
    Part of the arboretum.
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    Stadspark Groningen – True melting pot.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 24, 2013
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    On May 19 1926 the Stadspark Groningen had its official opening right at the spot where now the City Park Pavilion is situated. This immediately meant the ending of the construction of the park, which had lasted thirteen years. While planting and land form in much of the park appear natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially. The park is made up of several parts. At the entrance to the park, to the Paterswoldseweg is the Arboretum. Right at the main part of the Stadspark Groningen nice events are helt, like the famous Siege of Groningen. Maybe a bit of more international status is that there are helt a lot of pop concerts including performances by the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner.

    The Stadspark Groningen is definitely not Groningen’s most visited landmarks and that truly is such a shame. I love and have always loved the Stadspark Groningen, it is a little oasis in the middle of the daily madness of the city. It is full of history, stunning plants and quacking ducks, on a fine day (few and far between!) thronged with some tourists but mostly office workers. So I can honestly state that it is a real melting pot in the middle of this beautiful city.

    Address: Stadspark Groningen, Groningen.
    Location: at the South West tip of the city and is actually located between the neighbourhoods called Vinkhuizen and Stadsparkwijk.

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    Stadspark Groningen – The arboretum.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 24, 2013
    Part of the arboretum.
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    The Stadspark Groningen was built at the beginning of the twentieth century. The construction of the park was an initiative of the Groninger industrial Evert Jan Scholten (1849-1918). In tribute was in 1931 a monument to him was placed in a prominent place in the city park at the so called Concourslaan. The park was designed by landscape architect Leonard Springe , along with the Groningen director of public. The Stadspark Groningen is a huge area of open space and is provided for recreational use. It is completely owned and maintained by the local government. Maybe you need some fantasy, but this park resembles a savannah or even open woodlands, both the types of landscape that people find most relaxing. The grass is typically kept short to discourage insect pests and to allow for the enjoyment of picnics and sporting activities. There are a lot of trees and they are chosen for their beauty and to provide shade on a beautiful sunny day.

    One of the most typical spots to visit is the so called Drafbaan Groningen (the horse race track of the city of Groningen). This huge race track is great to visit and not only at racing days. Just feel the atmosphere and you know why. Don’t forget to visit he arboretum located at the entrance of the park at the Paterwoldseweg. Right here you will find a living collection of many different types of trees and shrubs. They are constructed with the goal to gain the knowledge for several educational purposes.

    Address: Stadspark Groningen, Groningen.
    Location: at the South West tip of the city and is actually located between the neighbourhoods called Vinkhuizen and Stadsparkwijk.

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    Stadspark Groningen – Beautiful Park indeed.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 24, 2013
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    At some point of being a VT member it amazed me that I never took time to write a tip about this beautiful park called the Stadspark Groningen in the city I used to live for over 5 years. I have quite some footsteps in this particular park. About a month ago I was in Groningen again for business and once again I walked down the beautiful lanes. At that time I immediately said to myself “I must write some tips about this beautiful park.” And finally today (as you can read) I took time to actually do it!

    Around the world the first parks were deer parks, land set aside for hunting by royalty and the aristocracy in medieval times. They had walls or thick hedges around them to keep game in and people out. As cities became crowded, the private hunting grounds became places for the public. With the Industrial revolution parks took on a new meaning as areas set aside to preserve a sense of nature in the cities and towns. Sporting activity came to be a major use for these urban parks. Groningen kept on growing, but the Stadspark Groningen remained and that for sure is very good thing. You will find the Stadspark Groningen at the South West tip of the city and is actually located between the neighbourhoods called Vinkhuizen and Stadsparkwijk not too close to the city center. Another nice fact is that the Stadspark Groningen is located along the old and historical Drafbaan Groningen (Trot course of the city of Groningen).

    Address: Stadspark Groningen, Groningen.
    Location: at the South West tip of the city and is actually located between the neighbourhoods called Vinkhuizen and Stadsparkwijk.

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    Museum De Buitenplaats

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    EELDE/GRONINGEN MUSEUM BUITENPLAATS

    Museum 'De Buitenplaats'. Just south of the city of Groningen in the village Eelde.

    Museum for figurative arts. Amazing architecture in the organic style. The building is integrated with the garden around it, one does not exist without the other.
    Picture taken from website.

    Lia Laimböck had an exposition at this musem in 2002. www.lialaimbock.com

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    Salsa Classes

    by peaceness98 Updated May 14, 2005

    It's very in to go for Salsa Classes..
    every Friday from 11 to early AM hemmingway (a trendy eatery around here) have salsa nites, where you can go and dance your feet away for free (and eat/drink for $)

    Salsa roy is one of the best Schools there are around here... their website is below, u can use www.freetranslation.com to translate the dutch to english, or drop them an email for details

    It's fun, new, and better than the gym!

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    30 April -Queens Day

    by peaceness98 Written May 1, 2005
    university students putting a free show-shake it!

    the night of 29 April, and All day 30 April is KoningDag (Queens Day)
    All accross Holland people are celebrating, partying out in the streets; with open air concerts, open markets, lots of people drinking and dancing and acting silly
    You'll see alot of orange clothes and quircky hats

    The biggest party is in Amsterdam, but Groningen is one of the fun places to be too considering most kids here are university students

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    Old hospital building

    by tompt Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    Old hospital building

    A part of the old hospital building is still standing and worth looking at. It can be seen at the Oostersingel. Look for the old inscriptions above the doors.

    Since in 1614 the university was started and dr. Nicolaus Mulerius came to teach one can study to be a doctor in Groningen. End of the 18th century dr Evert Jan Thomassen à Theusink started an academic hospital in order to give practical lessons 11 november 1797 the Nosocomium Academicum is opened. It soon is too small. And in 1803 another hospital is opened.
    In 1817 the city Groningen is threathened by a tyfoid epidemic. And the citycouncil also starts a hospital. In 1852 the Nosocomium Academicum and the city hospital become the Algemeen Provinciaal Stads- en Academisch Ziekenhuis. The succes is great and a new building is located at Oostersingel. It was opened in 1903.The buildingcomplex is very modern, there is light, space and hygiene. The hospital is a huge succes and the university devellops new technics. 8 may 1957 the first openhart surgerie in the Netherlands is performed in Groningen. The hospital is growing and soon there is no garden left, all buildings.
    In the 70s a discussion starts about a new building. In 1997 the new AZG is opened. The building is adjacent to the old hospital.

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    Hospital

    by tompt Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    art in the hall of the hospital

    Normally you would keep away from the hospital as far as possible. But the AZG (Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen) is a great building to visit. The huge hallways give it a sort of covered city look. All around you will find art objects. In august 2003 there also was an exhibition on 100 years hospital in Groningen. At the informatiebalie near the entrance, you can obtain a free art and architecture brochure.

    Adres: Hanzeplein 1

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    corps de garde

    by tompt Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    corps de guarde

    In 1624 the old city gate at the Boteringestraat was broken down, together with the old earthen wall. Major Heerdt asked the citycouncil to built a place where his soldiers could be stationed on the open space that was created. And so it happened. The building was put here in 1634. Originally it were only soldiers, but later also firemen and parts were in use by the university.

    Today it is private property and turned into an inn.

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    old court building

    by tompt Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    old court house

    Some of the most beautifull buildings can be found just outside of the centre.
    This very wide building in the Oude Boteringestraat dates from different centuries, but is made to one building through renovations. The oldest part is from the 15th century. Since 1755 it was the provincial courthouse untill the court moved to the Guyotplein. The building is now in use by the university.

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    delftsblue bridge

    by tompt Written Sep 7, 2003

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    delftsblue drawbridge, groningen

    Sitting on the terrace of the Groninger museum keep your eyes on the water. If a boat is passing get your camera out, the attraction is to come.......

    When the drawbridge is opened you can see the downside, it is entirely filled with delftsblue tiles.

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  • Groningen Harbors

    by jheller Written Aug 5, 2003
    The East harbor in Groningen

    Located at the points of the compass, three of the four original harbors in Groningen still exist. They are worth a visit. The harbors are located on the edge of the city center: the East harbor (also the guest harbor), the North harbor (where sometimes tall ships are docked) and the South harbor (now the location of the famous Groninger Museum). The West harbor has been filled in several decades ago and is now a shopping mall.

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    Nieuwstad

    by OlafS Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    Guess what? Groningen has its own 'red light district' so there's no need to go to Amsterdam to see scarsely dressed ladies sitting behind windows. Oh boy, how spectacular. This is for those who like this sort of thing of course. If you don't like it don't go, or if you hate it do go and make sure the ladies are out of business soon thanks to the tourists scaring away the customers.

    (Hey, I don't care about these things, but apparently the average tourist does. This tip is just a little service to those people.)

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    On this pic the 5 pipes,...

    by nighthawk Written Sep 12, 2002

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    On this pic the 5 pipes, welcoming sign when travelling back home. They were from the electricity company, some years ago they were thorn down. Many people still regret that they are no longer there.
    Next to it the new building of the Gasunie (Gas Company (?), now the highest building of Groningen.

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    When you walk around you...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    When you walk around you sometimes get to see funny things. My friends and I discovered that the usually plastic models that are in windowshops for clothes that stood here were quite real :) It was done for a campaign stunt.

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