Visit the outdoor 'Noorderzon' theater festival. Every year at the end of august the picturesque park called 'Noorderplantsoen' is turned into a festival terrain were all kinds of music and theatergroups perform. There are streetperformers, outdoor cafes, artworks etc.
An admissionprice is asked for the bigger events, and sometimes you have to reserve in advance. But, even if you only go there to have a beer, the people and the atmosphere are simply the best. Ohhh I miss Groningen!
The dates and info about the 2001 festival are expected around may this year. Check out their Dutch Website for foto's of this years festival.
PS 'Noorderzon' means 'Northern sun'
Annual Rithm & Bluesnight in de 'Oosterpoort' Cultural Centre. Many well known bands play on multiple (smaller and larger) stages in the building. Exellent music and atmosphere. Must go there...I will.
In 2001 the Rithm & Bluesnight will be on Saturday April 28. Cost around Dfl 40,- with no additional costs (exept for the beer of course!). PS the dog is last years 'Noorderzon' logo.
Go to the island 'Schiermonnikoog'. Take a bus to 'Lauwersoog' and a boat from there. It is OK for a daytrip, but if you really want to enjoy it, stay overnight. Again, rent a bike, or stroll along the stretched beaches and take a hike in the sand dunes. One of my personal favorites.
Appingedam, De Hangende Keukens (the Hanging Kitchens).
Appingedam is a unique town with its 'Hanging Kitchens' The houses with their fronts right on the street offered little in terms of expansion. A little creativity gave the owners a unique solution to the problem. The result is what you see on this picture. One can almost picture many years ago, the first guy building one of these puzzling construction projects. His neighbours wondering what he is up to but then amazed at the ingenious result. Well if he can, I can. Before you knew it a few more of these hanging rooms appeared. Appingedam is a beautifull town nestled just off the main road between Groningen and Delfzijl. Not far from Garrelsweer which is so well described by my cousin Jacob on his page.
Groningen has several former almshouses which, even in the heart of town, offer an oasis of peace and quiet. Since people are living here, not all are free to visit. Ask at the Tourist Office (VVV at the Grote Markt) for a self-guided walking tour.
This is the Nieuwe Waagstraat complex . It replaces the "Nieuwe Stadhuis" from the 50's (thanks VT member Jaap).
Just look up once in a while and you most probably will see some great facades. Especially in the citycentre. This was in the street leading form the station to the Vismarkt.
Check out the harbour when you have the time. Right next to the harbour is the Café Peter Pan. Great place to enjoy a beer when it's sunny!
When you visit Groningen, you should cycle through the beautiful rural environment.
You then could have seen this blue heron, standing in the middle of a green field.
Another beautiful sunset whilst driving home.Next turn right please!
One of the best shoppingstreets is the Zwanenstraat (Swanstreet) you can find lots of clothes, perfume, souvenir and musicstores here.
Visit the Groote Markt Square. You can see the Martinitoren (Martini Tower) here, the City Hall, the shoppingstreets, the market and the nightlife.
Rent a bike and follow one of the well signed out cycling routes. You will get to know the beautiful landscape around the city.
North of the province Groningen lies the Wadden Sea, an internationally protected wetland with sand banks, islands, lots of birds, seals and so on. I took this picture some years ago.