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Discover the province of Groningen

From the bustling city of Groningen to the rugged Wadden Sea and from the watery Lauwersmeer National Park to medieval Appingedam, the province of Groningen shines at the top of the Netherlands. Because of its location in the far north, this region is still unknown territory for many holidaymakers. A shame, because Groningen has so much to offer! A rich history, lots of green, space and tranquillity: discover the province of Groningen!

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Beating heart Groningen

Whoever thinks of Groningen thinks of the capital of the same name. Indeed, this atmospheric student city is the beating heart of the province. With its centuries-old streets and cosy squares, the city centre is a picture. Climb the Martinitoren for a phenomenal view, visit the artistic exhibitions of the Groninger Museum and stroll along the quays of Hoge der A and Lage der A. Groningen also has many hidden gems, such as art on the streets, small-scale restaurants, vintage shops and cosy boutiques. Peace and quiet is never far away here. In places like the Noorderplantsoen, the Prinsentuin and the various hidden courtyards lurk an oasis of green.

From the bustling city of Groningen to the rugged Wadden Sea and from the watery Lauwersmeer National Park to medieval Appingedam.

The endless nature of the Far North

Outside the city, you will find beautiful natural areas. National Park Lauwersmeer is a paradise for nature and bird lovers. In 2016, this wetland area was officially declared a Dark Sky Park. This is a park where it is still really dark at night. There is no light pollution, allowing visitors to enjoy a magical starry sky. Did you know that with a bit of luck, you can even see the Milky Way? In nature reserve the Valley of the Ruiten Aa, the stream is allowed to meander again and animals have all the space they need. There is also plenty to see and do on the rugged coast of Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. A hidden gem is bird-watching hut de Kiekkaaste, located a stone's throw from the German border. From this photogenic hut, bird lovers have a wonderful view over the Dollard's mudflats. Hundreds of dunlin and sometimes seals and porpoises are often seen here.

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Impressive history

The cultural-historical side of the province of Groningen is also hugely diverse. Vesting Bourtange was built in the 16th century as a defensive fortification in the Eighty Years' War. With success, because of its strong bastions and swampy landscape, it withstood many attacks. Many of the buildings that were there then can still be seen inside today. The school, the church, the red bridges, the windmill and the historic canals: a visit to this fortress is a wonderful trip back in time. Apart from Groningen, Appingedam is the only place in the province with medieval city rights. The wealth from the days when Appingedam was a trading centre is still visible everywhere. Special features are the hanging kitchens above the Damsterdiep. As there was little room for a kitchen, these were built floating above the water. Stroll through the streets or sail along the canal for a complete picture of this centuries-old city.

Green holidays in Groningen

Fancy discovering the vast, green Groningen? Then book a holiday at one of the many campsites, holiday homes, Bed & Breakfasts or group accommodations of In Het Groen!

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