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Groningen, The Netherlands

Places of Interest

Groningen Estate Houses

In former centuries, Groningen estate houses were the magnificent country seats of local nobility. They usually originated as stone houses; a simple defense work from the 14th or 15th century with thick walls where farmers could flee in times of danger. The estate houses are Fraeylemaborg, Menkemaborg, Verhildersum and Borg Nienoord.

Lauwersmeer National Park

The Lauwersmeer National Park is ideal for walking, cycling and sailing. With a rich and varied flora and fauna, this is the favorite location for bird‑watchers. Visits can be perfectly combined with an excursion to the island of Schiermonnikoog.

Groningen City

This is the bustling cultural heart of the province with attention for art and architecture, design and the Hanseatic trade league. There are friendly cafés and restaurants, wonderful theaters and high‑profile festivals. The city center has charming shopping streets and historical buildings tell their own particular story.


The Groningen countryside is characterized by old churches. These historic places of worship with their austere architecture and modest interiors provide an image of the old days and some are internationally known: be sure to visit the tower that leans the most in Europe, which is located in Bedum.

Groninger Museum

Visiting the Groninger Museum is a unique experience. In the past, the Groninger Museum has devoted several exhibitions to Russian art. The Mendini Restaurant, right beside the Groninger Museum, is a unique location for a coffee, to dine, or to have a drink in stylish surroundings.