Attractions

Top Choice Square in Groningen

Nieuwe Markt

This dynamic city's most ambitious redevelopment project to date, the gleaming 'New Market' square is slated to become an A-lister hub for al fresco lounging when it finally takes shape in 2019. Its eastern side wil…
Top Choice Museum in Groningen

Groninger Museum

Those arriving by train can't help but notice the Groninger Museum. Occupying three islands in the ring canal in front of the station, the museum is, at the very least, a striking structure that will draw an opinion…
Top Choice Museum in Groningen

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum

This engaging tour of the lives of seamen and the ships they sailed unfolds through the set of buildings that once comprised a 16th-century distillery. Going through the labyrinth of 18 rooms is a navigational feat …
Fortress in Bourtange

Bourtange Fortress

One of the best preserved fortifications in the country stands at tiny Bourtange near the German border. With its flooded moats, solid defences and quaint houses protected from all sides, it is a sight to behold, ta…
Tower in Groningen

Martinitoren

A climb up 251 steep and spiralling stone steps to the summit of this elegant, 96m-tall medieval tower (1482) rewards with grand views – and worrisome proximity to its giant bells which ring every 15 minutes most da…
Cultural Centre in Groningen

Forum Cultural Centre

Groningen's landmark cultural centre - home to the city's tourist office, library, five cinemas, exhibition spaces, the Nederlands Stripmuseum and a fabulous pavement cafe - will open its doors in 2019. Towering 10 …
Historic Building in Hoogeland

Menkemaborg

Some 25km northeast of Groningen, in the town of Uithuizen, is one of the Netherlands' most authentic manor houses. Originally a fortified castle dating from the 14th century, Menkemaborg received its present gentri…
Museum in Groningen Province

Museum De Buitenplaats

In Eelde, 5km south of Groningen, this space is devoted to figurative art from around Europe. The main organic structure, which blends into its natural surroundings, features paintings from some of the Netherlands' …
Wildlife Reserve in Hoogeland

Zeehondencreche Pieterburen

Devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured seals, this centre houses 20 to 30 sea mammals, which can be seen lounging and swimming in various pools. The centre also leads seal-watching cruises on t…
Harbour in Hoogeland

Noordpolderzijl

The tiniest harbour in the Netherlands is 29km north of Groningen and 4.5km northwest of Usquert. Its desolate beauty is striking and is best appreciated from the mudflats. Used until recently by shrimpers from the …