"Groningen, rural countryside" Provincie Groningen by vtveen
Provincie Groningen Travel Guide: 879 reviews and 2,622 photos
Groningen is the most northern province of the Netherlands and is adjacent to the provinces Friesland and Drenthe and on the east side to Germany. Groningen has also three uninhabited islands in the Waddenzee.
Groningen has about 585.000 inhabitants (2014) and is one of the less densely populated provinces of the Netherlands. No wonder, because main parts of the province exist of meadows and other agriculture land.
Groningen has just three cities with so called city rights (Groningen, Appingedam and Winschoten), a couple of smaller towns (like Delfzijl, Stadskanaal and Veendam) and a lot of typical rural villages spread all over the province.
Groningen is easy accessible by car from the rest of the Netherlands along very good motorways. The distance from Amsterdam is about 190 km’s and will take (depending of the traffic) at least 2 hours.
The city has also very good connections by train with the main cities in the Netherlands. From Amsterdam every half hour there is a train to Groningen, which takes almost 2 ½ hours.
See for more info: www.ns.nl
The province has several train services to: Delfzijl, Roodeschool, Nieuweschans and Leeuwarden. Most of these trains do stop on other stations as well. Information: www.ns.nl or www.arriva.nl
Most of the towns and villages can be reached by a dense net of bus services, sometimes running not too often. If you want to visit the touristy sights by bus, better check first with your hotel/host or check at: www.arriva.nl
The easiest way to explore the province is by (rental) car, or just try to bike around as we Dutchies do often. It is by far the best way to discover the many ‘off the beaten path’ sights and the natural scenery of the province.
See official website of the province: http://www.provinciegroningen.nl/
Or wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groningen_%28province%29
Tips about the capital of the province, see my City of Groningen page.
- Pros:spacious countryside, friendly people
- Cons:(for Dutchies) far away, sights in the province a little bit difficult to visit
- In a nutshell:unexpected beautiful with a lot of interesting sights
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