The city of Groningen is a shining pearl in the far north of the Netherlands. The beautiful historic city center is within walking distance, there are many cozy pubs and the city has a lot to offer in terms of culture. With the cycle route you explore a small part of the city, if you want to see more, you can do cycle route number 309498'Enjoy authentic Groningen\\\'. Both routes start at the Martini Hotel Groningen. This attractive hotel with a view of the famous Martini tower has been welcoming travelers with open arms since 1871.
In the Grand Café with 1930s decor, you can start the day with a nice cup of coffee or tea with something delicious. If you're on your bike, you'll already have two major Groningen attractions at the start of the route! Groningen Station, one of the most beautiful station buildings in the Netherlands, and the Groninger Museum are almost opposite each other. You can visit the station in a relatively short time, just walk in and take a look at the decorative ceiling of papier collé (a special form of paper stucco with paper pressed in moulds). The Groninger Museum is architecturally a special building. You should allow more time to visit the extensive art collection inside. Maybe an idea for after the bike ride.
The cycle route continues through the south side of the city, along the oldest city park in Groningen, the Sterrebos. This was created in 1765 and was originally actually a forest of stars, a forest with eight paths that ran in different directions from a central point. Via the large residential areas of Groningen you cycle into the chic Haren in what is called the'Wassenaar of the North\\\'. The buildings of Haren are characterized by the large number of villas and spacious semi-detached houses, the most characteristic of which were built between 1880 and 1940. This happened partly under the influence of mayor Boerema. He had the ambition to let the village grow into a location for the better-situated commuters from the city of Groningen.
At the village of Glimmen you cycle along the vineyard Domein de Tarquinius, one of the northernmost vineyards in the Netherlands. The Zuidlaardermeer is located on the border of the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. You pass the northern bank of this beautiful, quiet water, where there are recreational beaches, but on this side, there is a special nature reserve, the Kropswolderbuitenpolder. This in turn connects to Foxholster Lake, also a popular area for bird watchers. The waters here were created by peat excavations in earlier centuries.
Along the water is Molen De Hoop, an old buckwheat mill. You cycle back to Groningen via the so-called MORE cities. A major urban expansion of Groningen is planned around Engelbert and Meerstad. It is the intention that the old villages retain their identity. The Hunzehaven and the Oosterhaven, along which you cycle into the city, are located on the Eems Canal. This is an important shipping route for the city. As a Hanseatic city, Groningen was part of the North German trade network. Various canals have been dug to connect the city with other important waterways. Groningen has always remained an important trading city and is now a center for the food industry: sugar, tobacco and coffee.
|Martini Hotel Groningen (Gedempte Zuiderdiep, 9711 HG, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)||0.00 km|
|88 (9711EC, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)||0.39 km|
|86 (9711ME, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)||1.13 km|
|85 (9727GA, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)||1.78 km|
|84 (9727BG, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)||2.12 km|
|4 (9728SN, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)||5.27 km|
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 8
9711 HG Groningen
9761 EC Tynaarlo