Provincie Groningen Off The Beaten Path

  • The entrance of Stadspark Groningen.
    The entrance of Stadspark Groningen.
    by Jerelis
  • Stadspark Groningen and its beauty.
    Stadspark Groningen and its beauty.
    by Jerelis
  • Part of the arboretum.
    Part of the arboretum.
    by Jerelis

Provincie Groningen Off The Beaten Path

  • Ter Apel – Monastery Domus Novae Lucis

    In 1464 Jacobus Wilthingh donated his rural estate ‘Apell’ to the Order of the Holy Cross. To build the monastery of Ter Apel, they used almost 100 years till 1561. After the reformation in the Netherlands (1594) the latest prior of the monastery of the Holy Cross Brothers became the first Protestant clergyman. Between 1600 and 1930 the monastery...

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  • Zeerijp, reformed church or Jacobuskerk

    Zeerijp is a small village some 22 kilometres to the east of Groningen. Not much to see or do in this village, except a visit to the windmill and the impressive church. At certain days a year one can go up on the vaults.For more info on this church go to www.virtualtourist.com/OlafS or the website mentioned below...

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  • Niehove – a perfect ‘wierde’ village

    In the Dutch province of Groningen ‘wierde’ is the name for an artificial dwelling hill. These man made hills gave the people a dry shelter during high tides and floods. The ‘wierde’ of Niehove is inhabited for more than 2200 years. Its original name was Suxwort (which means ‘Zuidwierde’ – South’wierde’) and it was an island for many years....

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  • Eenrum – ‘wierde’ village

    Eenrum is one of the ‘wierde’ villages in this part of the province of Groningen. A ‘wierde’ is an artificial man made dwelling hill, which gave the people a shelter during high tides and floods in the past. As usual the church lies on the highest point of the ‘wierde’. During our bike trip we could see the high tower, the landmark of Eenrum, from...

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  • Pieterburen – not only seals …

    Of course Pieterburen is famous (at least in the Netherlands) for its Seal Centre. But the village in the northern part of Groningen has more to offer and is a pleasant village, close to the Waddenzee. Around the church (15th century) we walked through Netherland’s oldest botanic garden: Domies Toen. In the older days it was the garden of the...

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  • Pieterburen – the seals are so cute ...

    In the Netherlands the name of the village of Pieterburen is (almost) synonymous with seals, or even better with the ‘Zeehondencrèche Pieterburen’. Nowadays this Seal Rehabilition and Research Centre is renamed ‘Zeehondencrèche Lenie ‘t Hart’, as a tribute to the founder (and perhaps with a view to a coming move to another village). In this centre...

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  • Fransum – Roman Church

    Fransum is one of the smallest villages we ever have seen. This ‘wierde’ (an artificial dwelling hill, which gave the people a dry shelter during high tides and floods) has just three buildings: a farmhouse, a house and a small Roman Church. It is surrounded just by meadows and agricultural grounds.This church dates back from the beginning of the...

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  • Verhildersum – a 19th century visit

    We approached the ‘borg’ Verhildersum as it should be, which means we used the long stately drive way, lined with lime trees. It felt if we were visiting ‘our’ 19th century rich and wealthy uncle and aunt, who were living in their ‘borg’. A ‘borg’ is a kind of fortified mansion, surrounded by one or more moats, to defence the inhabitants from...

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  • Ezinge – from pub to church

    The first thing we noticed just after entering the village of Ezinge was the local pub (‘bruine kroeg’ as we say in Dutch), Café De Brug. It is a typical Dutch pub with a billiard table and outside a big terrace for visitors. Very pleasant service and a damned good home made apple pie.At the pub the main street of Ezinge - de Torenstraat - starts...

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  • Fortress Bourtange – back into the year...

    Although the first fortress of Bourtange dates back till 1580, when Prince William of Orange ordered to build the fortress along the road from Groningen to Hannover. It played an important role in the Eighty Years' War between the ‘Netherlands and the Spanish occupiers. Later the fortress was extended till it reached its maximum size in 1742. The...

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  • Allersma borg

    A small manor in a breathtaking landscape. The manor itself is just nice to have a look at yet it is situated at the Reitdiep river close to some old sluices (Aduarderzijlen), I have added a link to my page on the sluices here below.

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  • Fraeylema manor

    Another manor, the province of Groningen still has some nice ones left.This one sure is worth the visit.Have added the link to my VT page here below.

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  • Menkema manor

    This manor is in the northern part of the province, the part with the neverending views.Just across the road from the manor is an old Groninger farm which houses a museum about WW II. Uithuizen itself is a nice little village.

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  • Hamsterborg – a ‘borg’ from the 17th...

    The Hamsterborg or Piloersmaborg is one of the monuments in the northwest of the province of Groningen. There are more so called ‘borgen’ (a kind of fortified house surrounded by a moat), but this one is the only ‘farmhouse borg’ which is left. Coming from Aduard there is a turn off to the left just after the village of Den Ham. A tree lined drive...

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  • Aduard – interesting museum

    During our short stay in Aduard we walked around this pleasant village. Of course we had to visit the ‘only’ touristy sight: Sint Bernardushof, the museum about the monastery of Aduard, located in the oldest house of the village (ca. 1600).We had never heard of it, but we learned a lot about the history of this once very famous Cistercian abbey,...

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  • Lutjegast - Abel Tasman village

    After our first visit to New Zealand and Abel Tasman National Park we became interested in the history of this Dutch explorer. One day we decided to visit the village of Lutjegast where Abel Tasman was born in the year of 1603.In this small village in the province of Groningen (in the north of the Netherlands) are several memorials, which remind of...

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  • Biking - De Marne Route

    In my opinion biking is the best way to explore the countryside of Groningen. Of course you can do it on your own, but there are a lot of signposted routes like De Marne, Reitdiep and Waarden Route. Ask at your hotel or in one of the Tourist Information Centres and I'm sure they will help you.We followed the Marneroute, signposted by the ANWB and...

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  • Valom.

    Valom, drop down in English, is but some houses and farms but I just love it because it so typical for this part of the province.And of course the name, haha, gotta find who came up with that thought!Don t drive too fast when approaching, you might be passed it before you realize it ;-).

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  • Gaweg

    Just after leaving Zuidhorn, driving along side the canal, there s this road.Gaweg could be translated as go away and the fun part is it s a road to nowhere..Ah well , just my fun :)

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  • Woudbloem, right next to Schaaphok

    Next turn Woudbloem (translated that is forest flower). So straight on driver! We are on our way to the village of Slochteren to see the manor Freaylemaborg!!

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  • Former church of Schaaphok

    Since Schaaphok is no more than some farms and houses, there s no congregration that still goes to church. It was built in 1905 and for long it has been a private home now.

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  • Schaaphok, close to Lageland

    Schaaphok ... in English that would mean sheep pen ...haha thinking Caddy now, can t help myself, sorry girl! :-) ..... too bad there were no sheep and no pen ....that s why we settled for this ... drive thru pics ;-) In the old days a sheep pen of the manor Fraeylema in Slochteren was here, that is why this place is called Schaaphok.

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  • Lageland, east of the city of Groningen

    Lageland, translated it means something like low land. Nothing more than a road along a canal and some houses and an iron bridge, called 'De IJzeren Klap' (ijzeren means iron) and 'klap' is a Groninger word for bridge.

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  • Loppersum, reformed church

    More information on this church can be found on OlafS pages and his external page : http://archimon.bravepages.com/groningen/provgroningen.html.I will add something of my own later on.

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  • Matsloot

    Just a mark on the map. Very rural.The farm where I buy my weat and such is to the left. It is located along the Peizerdiep, and this always makes a good cycling trip.

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  • Roderwolde

    Little village known for its mill and the cafe 'Het roode hert' (The red deer).And every early spring the storks return 'home'!

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