Groningen, Netherlands

According to electronicsmatter, Groningen is a province in the far northeast of the Netherlands. Groningen is located in a sparsely populated area, which means that there is only one large city within the province: the capital of the same name, Groningen. The city of Groningen is mainly a student stronghold, making Groningen the youngest city in the Netherlands if you look at the average age. The province offers a lot of space. Anyone who wants to relax from the busy life in, for example, the Randstad, will be able to enjoy the peace, space and the no-nonsense attitude of the local population in Groningen.

Top 10 sights of the province of Groningen

#1. The city of Groningen

Groningen, the capital of the same name, is by far the most visited destination within the province. This student city uses the advertising slogan ‘There is nothing like Groningen’. Quite a few tourists visit the city to see if this figurative expression corresponds to the truth. Whether you should visit Groningen during the academic year or during the summer holidays, that depends on your personal preference. If you want to experience the cheerful hectic caused by the many students, go to Groningen in the spring, preferably during a pleasant spring day. In the month of July there is a different mix of people. This also creates a different dynamic.

There are two highlights in the city of Groningen that we highlight. For a complete top 10 sights, please refer to the relevant page:

On the Grote Markt of Groningen stands the symbol of the city: the Martinitoren, followed by the Martinikerk. Its current form was obtained in 1627 after earlier examples were destroyed by fire or lightning. The fact that the current tower survived the Second World War can still be seen from the bullet holes near the clocks. It has the largest bell tower in the Netherlands, after the Dom of Utrecht. For the most beautiful and impressive view of the bustling city of Groningen, it is recommended to climb this tower.

In 1847 the Groninger Museum becamefounded by Hendrikus Octavian Feith. The aim was to exhibit Germanic Antiquities. This was then passed on to relatives after his death, who continued to expand it. And so the Museum of Antiquities for the Province of Groningen was created around 1900. Both the building and the collection on Praediniussingel were continuously expanded. Nevertheless, in 1994 a new and very modern accommodation was built for the museum. It is located on an island in the Connecting Canal. The appearance cannot be compared at all with the historic building on the Praedniniussingel. One of the three participating architects was the well-known Philippe Starck.

#2. profit sum

Groningen has many beautiful villages. There is one we want to highlight and that is Winsum. In the year 2020, the ANWB, you probably know them, declared this Groningen village the most beautiful village in the Netherlands. The first selection of 50 villages was made based on the recommendations of 30,000 Dutch people. Subsequently, five villages remained on the shortlist: Hollum in Friesland, Urk in Flevoland, Oisterwijk in North Brabant, Elsloo in Limburg and the eventual winner Winsum. A visit to the picturesque Winsum will quickly make it clear why people are so charmed by this village. The combination of a natural waterway right through the village, beautiful monumental houses and special buildings such as the Torenklok make Winsum a sight to behold.

#3. Fraeylemaborg

Enjoy a beautiful mansion and a great museum in one visit. That is perfectly possible once you visit the Fraeylemaborg estate. Although the location was already inhabited by members of the Fraeylema family in the early 13th century, this Groningen castle dates from the 18th century. The Fraeylemaborg is now a museum in which you can see the time as it was in the middle of the 20th century. There is also an adjacent park which covers a total of 23 hectares. This Slochterbos is a beautiful example of the English landscape style.

#4. Fortress Bourtange

The fortified village of Bourtange in Westerwolde was created during the Eighty Years’ War. Around 1594 it was part of the border defenses of the provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe. Fortunately, the striking pentagonal shape created by the defensive walls has been well preserved over all the years. There are still many historical sights to be seen. For example, there are still very old lime trees on the Marktplein, there is an old mill and there are about five museums to visit.

#5. Hortus Haren

With its twenty hectare garden, the Hortus Haren can call itself the largest and also the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. The diversity of landscaped gardens is magnificent. For example, there is a Celtic garden, a rock garden, floriade gardens and a Chinese garden. There are regularly changing exhibitions or activities are organized.

#6. Peat Colonial Museum

The Veenkolonial Museum can be found in the Groningen city of Veendam. This museum tells the history of a part of the Netherlands where people were once looking for peat. The history of inland shipping is also discussed. This was of great importance to remove all the mined peat. At that time, almost every house could be reached by boat. For example, there were ship hunters in those days. They helped a horse to pull the boats forward through the canals.

#7. Lauwersmeer National Park

After the Lauwerszee was closed off from the Waddenzee, it became a lake: the Lauwersmeer. The huge lake and the surrounding area now form a beautiful piece of nature that has been given the status of a national park. The total area of ​​this national park covers just under 60 km². Since the waters were closed off from the Wadden Sea in 1969, the area has undergone some changes. Slowly the Lauwerszee turned into a freshwater lake. As a result, new flower species have also emerged and it has attracted many birds that have now created their breeding grounds there. In winter, special bird species can be found such as the Barnacle Goose, Eurasian Widgeon and the Tundra Swan that come to spend the winter. New and special specimens are discovered every day in the many bird hides.

#8. Open Air Museum Het Hoogeland

In the village of Warffum there is a small open-air museum where you can see how it was around the twentieth century: Open Air Museum Het Hoogeland. Life in the countryside was not always easy or simple in those days. The old crafts and themes such as education and care are on the program. The approximately twenty old buildings give you a good idea of ​​what life must have looked like here a hundred years ago.

#9. Seal Center Pieterburen

The name Lenie ‘t Hart is still a household name in and around Pieterburen. For years this special lady from Delfzijl was committed to taking care of sick and/or washed ashore seals. Her work is now continued by a large number of volunteers in the seal center she set up in Pieterburen. Sometimes the little ones have just lost their mother or sometimes they are too sick to continue. In all respects they try to be there for these often defenseless animals. The seal center clearly shows how care is taken and what problems the animals and sometimes the caretakers encounter. Activities are regularly organized or there are possibilities to book packages.

#10. Rottumeroog

The Wadden Island of Rottumeroog belongs to the province of Groningen. It is also popularly referred to as ‘Rottum’. Rottumeroog and Rottumerplaat are both protected nature reserves where many birds find their habitat. In the summer months they are even only accessible to bird watchers. During the periods when Rottumeroog is open to the public, special walks can be taken on this smallest Wadden Island.

Groningen, Netherlands