Trips and Itineraries for Groningen
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Destra-Sinistra through the North of Netherlands
Top Places To Visit in Groningen 24 Spots
Housing modern and contemporary art, the Groninger Museum is made up of three main pavilions that when put together create a radically modernist, attention grabbing venue. Finished in 1994, the building boasts the internationally renowned Alessandro Mendini as head architect, a striking spiral staircase and an assortment of colours, shapes and materials throughout. Originally costing 25 million Guilders (approximately 11 million Euros), the building was paid for mainly by Gasunie, who in celebrating their 25th anniversary wanted to give a gift to the city of Groningen. And even if you aren’t a fan of art, this museum is still well worth a visit – because the building is one of those places you just have to see.
De Gulzige Kater
De Gulzige Kater in Groningen, had come as a recommendation, so it was almost certain that we would be on the right side of the food dividing line. At first glance the old granary, while on the small side, was full of comfort. Wooden tables set for plates of food and chairs that invited diners to sit and relax were surrounded by warm-coloured furnishings and an ample supply of cat statues. Yet, when we first arrived the restaurant was almost empty – a worrying sign in most circumstances – but it turned out that we only had beaten the rush. While cutting into our main course, De Gulzige Kater came to life with music and chatter from dinner guests both up and downstairs. Portions were large, well presented and delivered by friendly staff who were so busy you never saw them stop for a moment’s breather. We were wise to start thinking about our dessert choices before taking our first bite of our meal as with so many tantalizing options, the choice was not an easy one. De Gulzige Kater, which can mean either “the greedy tomcat” (that explains all the cats) or “the greedy hangover” has a well stocked alcohol selection, including a plentiful wine list. Even if you don’t go for the alcohol, you’ll be sure to leave with a full stomach – and perhaps a new appreciation for cats.
Weekend Getaways from Groningen
213 Kms from Groningen
I have always been in awe of wooden windmills, from the first time I, as a child, attempted to paint a Dutch country side with a windmills-dotted skyline to the time when I visited a windmill-turned-brewery (Browerij’t IJ) in Amsterdam on my student trip in 2011. My short time in Amsterdam had not given me the scope to visit any other windmills around the area and my awe persisted. In my recent Euro-trip, I decided to get a closure on my infatuation and visit the Dutch countryside teeming with these imposing wooden structures. The visit turned out to be much more than windmills and alas, my love for the Dutch countryside continues…In Netherlands, there are two very popular neighborhoods which have been protected and preserved to display the Dutch way of living and trades and crafts from rural Netherlands. One is Kinderdijk (near Rotterdam) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other is Zaanse Schans (near Amsterdam). We decided on Zaanse Schans because it was easier for us travel-wise. We took a bus from Stuttgart to Amsterdam and then bought an Amsterdam & Region Travel Pass, which covers a lot of neighborhoods around Amsterdam including the famous Keukenhof tulip gardens and Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is a short 45 mins trip from Amsterdam Central by bus.We had booked an Airbnb accommodation in Zaandijk, very close to the site of Zaanse Schaans. After freshening up, we took our bicycles and made our way to the site. It was very windy and our hair was windswept. As we neared the place, a strong odour accosted us. We were to find out later that it was the emissions from the chocolate and starch factories in the region.We had a preconceived picture of a few windmills and wooden houses that we would get to see at the site. But the scene that welcomed us transported us immediately to the industrial age in Netherlands. It is like an open-air museum with bakery, cheese factory, clog-making warehouse and wooden houses with barns and working-windmills on the banks of river Zaan that flows in the area. It indeed looked like a painting.