Groningen is the northeasternmost province in the Netherlands. It is mainly agricultural with its capital, also called Groningen, as the only big city around. Although the flat countryside may seem uneventful at first glance, there’s plenty of heritage and typical scenery to discover. This area was the stage for one of the oldest human efforts in Europe to conquer the water and shape the landscape through ditches, terps and pastures. There are picturesque villages, historical mansions and ample opportunities to just enjoy the laid-back countryside life in this most northern part of the Netherlands.
|Groningen city (incl. Haren, Ten Boer)
The provincial capital and by far the largest city in the Northern Netherlands. It is a vibrant student city where historical buildings and modern architecture go hand in hand. Combined with an excellent museum, good shopping opportunities and its nightlife, this is one of the prime destinations of the region.
|Westerkwartier (Zuidhorn, Leek)
Wetland and bocage area in the Western Quarter of Groningen province.
|Het Hogeland (Winsum, Roodeschool, Loppersum)
The northern clay area with picturesque villages on artificial dwelling mounds.
Small city with busy port and industrial area.
Very picturesque canals with the famous “hanging kitchens”.
Centrally-located in the province, this region is known for the largest natural gas field of Europe. The 16th-century Fraeylemaborg manor house is here.
|Veenkoloniën (Stadskanaal, Veendam)
Groningen’s Peat District, with a landscape characterised by long, straight canals with linear settlements, and vast agricultural areas in between.
The eastern region, known for its rapeseed fields, Oldambtmeer lake, ‘windmill city’ Winschoten, and Bad Nieuweschans spa town.
|Westerwolde (Ter Apel, Vlagtwedde)
In the southeast of the province, this region is famous for the fortified villages of Oudeschans and most notably Bourtange.