Provincie Groningen Things to Do

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Provincie Groningen Things to Do

  • Martini Toren - Martini Tower

    Groningen Things to Do

    The Martini Tower is the eye-catcher at the heart of the town of Groningen. From april 1 till november 1 from 11AM to 5PM the tower is open daily.; entrance fee € 3.00. More info at the Tourist Office, telephone: 0900-2023050. Guided tours of the tower, call +31-50-313571350 to reserve a guide.

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  • Prinsenhof - The Court of the Prince

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    Beside the Churchyard we see and old house, this house is 400 or 500 years old. This house was originally used as a friary by the 'Broeders des Gemenenlevens' (Brothers of the Common Life), a strict order that was primarily engaged in translating and copying books. Later it became the Princes’ house when Prince Maurits and Duke Willem Lodewijk...

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  • Martinikerk - Martini Church

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    Quickly popped into the Martini church whose tower (Martini tower) is a landmark that can be seen from outside Groningen. They ask a 2.50 euro contribution per person (just for the church) but strictly speaking it is not an entrance fee. Mind you, here is one of the finest and oldest Dutch church organs in the country! Some of its parts are even...

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  • City Museum

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    This is the most expensive museum in Groningen, and in my opinion the least interesting. I paid € 13.00 for admission in 2012 and all I saw was a jumble of second-rate temporary exhibitions. Supposedly the museum has a large Collection of artworks and whatnot that they have been collecting for over a century, but hardly any of this was on display...

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  • Goudkantoor - Gold Office

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    The Goudkantoor was built in 1635 it was then called Collectehuis. It was a taxoffice for city and surroundings. In 1814-1887 the building was used as a test bureau for gold and silver works. Since then the building had many uses: a naval museum, VVV-office and info desk for inhabitants of the city Groningen. When the building was owned by the...

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  • Maritime Museum

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    On the Brugstraat (Bridge Street), one of the major bicycle routes into and out of the center of Groningen, there are two beautifully restored medieval buildings that house the Northern Maritime Museum – “Northern” because Groningen is at the northern end of the Netherlands. The museum deals with the history of shipbuilding and shipping from the...

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  • Synagogue

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    The design of the synagogue is from architect Tjeerd Kuipers from Amsterdam and IJ. van der Veen from Groningen. The building represent different styles with the spanish-moorish style being on the upperhand. The building was put in use 23 maart 1906. In 1952 it was sold and used as a drycleaner. The people of Groningen protested and in the 70s...

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  • Der-Aakerk Church

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    There used to be a chapel on this spot for a long time, but it was often rebuild, until the church as it looks now (more or less) was finished in the 15th century. The tower has been rebuild afterwards a couple of times, it's 76 meters high now.

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  • Provinciehuis

    Groningen Things to Do

    The Provinciehuis is the building where the government of Provincie Groningen is seated. The oldest part of the provinciehuis is formed by the former St. Maartensschool. In the 17th century this building became part of the Provinciehuis. The front (at the kerkhof side) is more recent (1916) and has a neorenaissancistic style. Picture is from this...

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  • Jozefkerk

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    The recently restored cathedral church of bisdom Groningen is a design by P.J.H. Cuypers. The church was consecrated in 1887. by the bishop of Utrecht mgr. P. Snickers. The six-sided tower has the nickname drunkmens tower, from every angle you always see two clocks. The church has a capacity of 1000 people.

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  • Korenbeurs

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    In the middle ages laws said all the grain from the entire province had to be brought to the city to be sold. But when cattle plague made it difficult for farmers to keep cattle most switched to grain around 1750. The amount of grain became to much and trading was done with a sample of the harvest only. For this purpose the first grain exchange was...

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  • St Josef Church

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    The Roman Catholic St. Jozef's church dates from 1886-1887 and was designed by P.J.H. Cuypers with the assistance of his son Jos Cuypers. In 1980 this neo-Gothic church became the cathedral of the Groningen diocese, after the previous cathedral (by the same architect) had been closed and demolished.

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  • Gardepoort

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    The Gardepoort is a gate that was formed in 1639 out of a small passage, and originally in use for soldiers. Throughout the ages it has been in use for several things, now it houses the local radio organisation (www.tvnoord.nl).

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  • Nieuwe Kerk - New Church

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    The Nieuwe Kerk ('new church'), finished in 1665, is more or less a copy of the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam, which in its time was often considered to be the perfect protestant church. The version in Groningen smaller but taller than its example in Amsterdam. Its ground-plan is shaped like a cross with short arms of equal length. In the corners...

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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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  • 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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  • 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’. In this centre sick, weakened or injured seals are taken care of and treated till they can be brought back to the sea. Beside this the people of the SRRC do a lot of research about the common and grey...

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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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  • Lutjegast - Abel Tasman village

    After our first visit to New Zealand and the 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...

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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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  • 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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  • Bourtange fortress – 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Appingedam - hanging kitchens

    Although almost nobody in the Netherlands would call Appingedam a city, it became its city rights already in the year of 1327. For sure the city is much older, but its date of origin is not known exactly. Together with the capital Groningen and Winschoten it is one of the three cities in the province of Groningen and located in the northern part of...

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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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  • 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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  • Groningen, real city life

    The capital of the province, also named Groningen, with its more than 180.000 inhabitants is by far the biggest city in the northern part of the country. It is also the main center, particularly concerning business, shopping, music, arts, education and cuisine. Groningen has a famous university, founded in 1614. The large number of students living...

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  • Visit some churches

    A certain must see when you visit the province of Groningen are the churches.Sometimes they stand alone on a little hill, a so called 'wierde' in the Groninger language.Often they are from Roman times.

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  • Expostion Helmantel

    In Westeremden lives the well known artist Henk Helmantel, his studio is situated next to the church. You can visit his exposition for a small entrance fee. But this also includes a cup of tea or coffee in the lovely garden. The exposition, which is in the farm part of the rebuild midieval parsonage, offers every summer season the possibility to...

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  • Expostion Helmantel

    You can visit the website of website van Helmantel to see some of his work. This painting is called "Stilleven met fruit en brood op Spaanse tafel" ("still with fruit and bread on a Spanish table"). The exposition is open between May and September. The picture is from the website of Henk Helmantel :http://www.helmantel.nl/index.html

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  • Winding road at Schaphalsterzijl

    I've driven a bit more to the south by now. We're in Schaphalsterzijl, and here you can see some lovely landscape. I love the old 'dyke' with the sheep on it, and the winding road next to it.

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  • Schaphalsterzijl

    Some sailing boats at the lock of Schaphalsterzijl. I love seeing these little spots in the Province of Groningen. The landscape is quite bare at times, but there are lots of small picturesque places to be found, like this one.

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  • Desolate

    I can't say that this is my favourite part of the province, but it is certainly different. The landscape of the polders is so bare. This little house behind the dyke looks so lonely, so desolate. The views are amazing though, you can't get a flatter landscape than this, and you the view is endless..... hahaha, except for this dyke of course which...

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  • The old sea dyke close to Westernieland

    The road seems to lead to no where, but this road goes over the old sea dyke. It's a typical sight in this part of the Province.

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  • The sea dyke close to Westernieland

    Somewhere in nowhere.... Westernieland. The picture has nothing to do with the village though, but with the landscape. Here you can see a beautiful landscape, old sea dykes going through the countryside, with the road on top of the dyke, which give you a nice view over the surrounding pasture.

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  • Mudwalking in Noordpolderzijl

    Noordpolderzijl is the starting point for mudwalkers ('wadlopers' in Dutch) to Schiermonnikoog. On low tide you can walk all the way to this island. I've been 'mudwalking' once and it a fantastic experience. I didn't walk all the way to Schiermonnikoog though, but explored part of the 'wad'. The start of the walk is very muddy, and you sink into it...

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  • Noordpolderzijl

    The "Waddenzee" at Noordpolderzijl. Noordpolderzijl owes its name to a lock dating back to 1811. Zijl is another word for lock. This lock is a connection between the inland waterway of the "Noordpolder' (Northern polder) and the sea (Waddenzee).Noorpolderzijl has picturesque fishing harbour. And when you are here on the right time, you can buy...

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  • The city of Groningen

    Last but not least I want to show you a picture of the city of Groningen. This is an absolute 'must see', it is such a beautiful city. On the picture you can see the Martini tower in the heart of the city. You can read all about Groningen and see many pictures of this beautiful city on my Groningen page :http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1c048/709b2/

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  • largest number of millionaires

    I am getting close to the sea in the area of 'Usquert'. This used to be a very wealthy part of the country, and even the largest number of millionaires of the country used to live here. And that is still visable in the farmhouses in this region. This house still looks like a typical farm, but some houses don't even look like farms anymore, but like...

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  • Windmill of Zeerijp

    On this trip I am going to the north west of the province. This windmill is located in the village of Zeerijp, called "de Leeuw" (= lion). The windmill is on the eastside of the village and was build in 1865. Previous to that there was a windmill on this spot from which was build in 1662.

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  • The windmill in Zeerijp

    But of course you can be lazy as well and explore the province by car. Hahaha, and that's exactly what I did after my bike and canoe trip. I was getting sore muscles, and sitting lazy in the car for a day was a welcoming change :-)

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  • Heavy traffic ;-)

    Hahaha, you have to watch where you canoe at times though, the traffic can be heavy on the canal. Before you know it you have the family duck crossing over in front of your canoe ;-)

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  • Coot

    A great advantage for exploring parts of the province in canoe is that you see everything in a different perspective and that you can see things that you normally wouldn't spot so easily. Like this coot for instance sitting on its nest. There are a lot of coots in the canals and you can approach them quite easily with a canoe. Only when you get too...

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Provincie Groningen Hotels

  • NH Groningen

    We were in Groningen for a concert and were going to stay for only one night, so we wanted something...

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  • Het Wapen Van Leiden

    Wijkstraat 44, Appingedam, 9901 AJ, nl

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel de Boegschroef

    Handelskade West 12, Delfzijl, 9934 AA, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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