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.
old court building
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.
corps de garde
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.
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.
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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.
On this pic the 5 pipes,...
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.
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.)
When you walk around you...
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.
Go to the island...
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.
Visit the outdoor 'Noorderzon'...
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...
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.
Museum De 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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Appingedam, De Hangende...
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...
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.
Stadspark Groningen – Beautiful Park indeed.
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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