Provincie Groningen Things to Do

  • Martini church, Groningen
    Martini church, Groningen
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  • Martini church, Groningen
    Martini church, Groningen
    by ATLC
  • Martini church, Groningen
    Martini church, Groningen
    by ATLC

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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  • 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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  • 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

    Groningen Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Provinciehuis

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Martinikerk and Martinitoren

    The tower of the church - Martinitoren – is with its height of 97 metres the most well known and remarkable landmark of the city. It can be seen from almost everywhere in town and will lead you (together with the signposts) to the main square ‘Grote Markt’. ChurchThe church got its name from Sint Martinus or Sint Maarten (Saint Martin) and still...

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  • Groningen - city walk(s)

    The best way to discover Groningen is making a city walk. The Tourist Information Centre (Grote Markt 25, opposite the Martinitoren) has a leaflet with two walks for just € 1,50.These ‘walks’ brought us to the highlights of the city like the Martinitoren and Church and the market squares - lined with old houses and buildings, but also to a lot of...

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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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  • 'Nieuwe Kerk' ... is an old one

    The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) was built just after the Reformation in the Netherlands (1660 – 1665) on a new development north of the ‘old’ city. As usual in these days the church was surrounded by a graveyard; now a nice green oasis in the city. The address is still Nieuwe Kerkhof (New Graveyard).Architect Coenraet Roelofs was inspired by the...

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  • Prinsentuin - hidden gem

    The ‘Prinsentuin’ (or ‘Prinsenhoftuin’) is the garden, which belonged to the ‘Prinsenhof’. It dates back from the year of 1625 and is now considered as one of the most authentic Renaissance gardens in the Netherlands.This walled garden has nice rose and herb gardens, as well as a small orchard with some old fruit tree varieties. One part of the...

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  • St. Anthony Gasthuis – one of these...

    Groningen still has about 30 ‘almshouses’ and they are literal and figurative hidden gems. Literal because these almshouses can be found behind a gate or door and figurative because these sites are oasis of quietness in the middle of the city life.During our city walk in Groningen we visited a couple, among them the St. Anthony Gasthuis. It was...

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  • Railway Station – fantastic architecture

    Coming from the city centre the main building of the Railway Station of Groningen is a little bit hidden behind a huge bicycle shed, part of the restored square. But once we stood in front of the building we were surprised by its beauty, although a little bit dark. This is the third station on this spot and was designed by architect L. Gosschalk...

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  • Have a pee against a work of art ...

    ... it is possible in Groningen. Pub-crawlers, walkers or just ‘stadjers’ who have to go badly, can have a pee against a work of art. Along the ‘Kleine der A’ an artistic urinal has been designed by the famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. This ‘building’ is made of milk glass, which is decorated with photos of Erwin Olaf.Of course I couldn’t...

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  • Pepergasthuis – one of the almshouses

    Although not as well known as other Dutch cities, Groningen has about 30 so called almshouses. Formerly poor, ill or elderly people were living in these houses. Nowadays they are oasis of quietness in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city centre and very often hidden behind a gate and walls.The ‘Pepergasthuis’ is one of the oldest...

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  • Aletta Jacobs, a special Dutch woman

    Coming from the ‘Academiegebouw’ just around the corner (turn to the right) you will find ‘De Harmonie’. In front of this former association building stands the statue/bust of Aletta Jacobs. Aletta Jacobs was a very special Dutch woman, born in 1854: she was the first woman at the H.B.S. (a kind of Dutch High School), the first woman to study at...

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  • Academiegebouw of the University

    Groningen has a famous university and with about 22.500 students it is a real ‘student city’. Unlike many other universities the buildings are dispersed from the historic city centre to the outskirts. The main building of the University of Groningen - the Academiegebouw (Academic Building) - however can be found in the city centre. In its...

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  • Der Aa-kerk - with the yellow coloured...

    This church is together with the ‘Martinikerk’ the second medieval church in Groningen. Although its tower with 76 metres isn’t as high as the ‘Martinitoren’ it can be seen almost from every place in town. Especially through the remarkable yellow colours of the octagonal wooden uppermost part of the tower. The church is located close to the...

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  • Goudkantoor – Gold office

    Just behind the Town Hall on the Grote Markt is a complex of modern buildings with shops, offices and homes. In the middle of this modern part of the city stands the ‘Goudkantoor’ (Gold Office); a café restaurant with a nice terrace for a drink, lunch of dinner. If you visit, don’t stay on the terrace, but take also a look inside the building with...

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  • Grote Markt

    The ‘Grote Markt’ (Big Market) is the main square and natural city centre of Groningen. It was one of the most beautiful squares in the Netherlands, but at the end of World War II during the liberation of the town a lot of the surrounding historical buildings were destroyed. To be honest nowadays it is quite a sorry sight. The buildings don’t fit...

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  • Martinikerkhof – the former graveyard of...

    The 'Martinikerkhof' is situated just behind the 'Martinikerk'. ‘Kerkhof’ means graveyard and indeed this was the place were the inhabitants of Groningen buried their deceased’s. It was used as graveyard till 1837. In the 20th century it was a car park, but nowadays a nice small peaceful city park, just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and...

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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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  • A house from 1706 in Appingedam

    One thing I like a lot about Appingedam these days is that every effort has been taken to restore the historic centre of Appingedam to its full glory. I can't remember it looked as good when I went to school here. But now, many years later, the city centre looks very picturesque, specially from the canals! Dozens of houses have been thoroughly...

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