Johan Bosma Fotostijl - Martinitoren 2

Taking a breath

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Taking a breath; places to calm down, walk


In the southwest of the city, you will find the "Stadspark". The park was donated to the citizens of Groningen in 1913 by Jan Evert Scholten, then one of the wealthiest Dutchmen. He wanted the park to be the place where everyone could go for sports, fun and relaxation. We are now over a hundred years later and everyone can still come here for a wonderful afternoon. Relax completely during a walk through the greenery. Or cuddle goats at the petting zoo. Stadspark is a green oasis in the middle of the city.

Address: Concourslaan, Groningen

Distance from Grote Markt: 2.5 km


In the northwest corner of the Stadspark, you will find the Heemtuin. Many unusual plants and flowers grow in this botanical garden. The garden is divided into different areas, such as a herb garden, a sandy area, and a wooded area. The natural character of the garden makes it a popular place for birds: you can hear them whistling from the trees. Strolling through the different areas you'll find yourself relaxing for a while. The Heemtuin is always freely accessible.

Address: De Heemtuin, Groningen

Distance from Grote Markt: 4.2 km


In the city center you will find the Noorderplantsoen. An oasis of peace created exactly 140 years ago as a recreational area for "Stadjers". Ever since, it has been a beloved spot among students, families, sports enthusiasts and recreational walkers. Even though it is centrally located, a walk here will give you a moment to completely unwind.

Address: Kruissingel 1, 9712 XN Groningen

Distance from Grote Markt: 1.3 km


When you visit Groningen, you see it standing far above the city. The Martinitoren. For centuries, d'Olle Grieze has looked over the city center, with the Grote Markt at its feet. So if you're in downtown Groningen, a visit to this tower really shouldn't be left out. Climb up behind the bells and enjoy an incredible view across the city.

Address: Martinikerkhof 3, 9712 JG Groningen

Distance from Grote Markt: 64 m


Groningen's courtyards used to offer free shelter to the poor, widows and sick. Nowadays, all kinds of individuals live in these oases of peace in the city centre. At a handful, you can drop by for a moment of silence. Visit Groningen's oldest guesthouse, the Pelstergasthuis, for example. In the tower of the church you will find the oldest bell in town.

Address: Pelsterstraat 43, 9711 KJ Groningen

Distance from Grote Markt: 500 m


There may be a wall around the Prinsentuin; during the day you can just walk in for free. You won't be the first and certainly not the last to sit down on a bench and completely forget about time. The rose garden, herb garden and beautiful foliage passages give a special picture of how the Princes used to sit here for an afternoon in the sun.

Address: Prinsentuin, 9711 VV Groningen

Distance from Grote Markt: 400 m


Located in the citycentre you will find the avenues of Groningen. These were built where the city's 17th-century defences once stood. Today you will find long avenues with lots of greenery and imposing buildings. During a walk, gaze at the luxurious buildings around you. It's okay to dream a little.

Distance from Grote Markt: 900 m