Wednesday afternoon, July 9, the following tours will be organized during the conference.
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The Fortress of Bourtange.
Not to capture!
At 1 PM a luxurious coach will take you from the tower of Saint Martin (Grote Markt) to the south-eastern part of the province of Groningen. Under the supervision of a professional tourist guide you will enjoy the sightseeing of a region full of contrasts: from wide open farmlands and ‘park-like’ landscapes to rectangular parcels of land with straight canals of former fens.
We will enter the Fortress of Bourtange by crossing a drawbridge over a moat. Four-hundred years ago, Bourtange was one of the most important fortresses in the Northern part of the Netherlands. You will have plenty of time to admire the beautifully restored ramparts, parapets and fortifications. You can enter the historical Captain’s house, the old synagogue, the barracks and the powder magazines. It will be a day to remember: you get the opportunity to revive the past. A wonderful experience for people of all ages.
After a day of learning and relaxing we will head back to Groningen, we will arrive at the Grote Markt around 6 PM.
Costs per person: € 59,- (a minimum of 20 participants is required)
A walk through the City of Groningen
This tour will take you to the past, present and future of the so-called ‘City of Saint Martin’. Your professional tourist guide welcomes you at the base of the Tower of Saint Martin (Dutch: Martinitoren) at 2 PM.
You will enjoy the stories of the Tower of Saint Martin, the Grote Markt and the Town Hall. Your guide will show you the beautifully restored ‘Goudkantoor’ (Office of Gold), the historical Corn Exchange on the Fish Market, the ‘former city harbours’, where the sailing fleet used to have its moorings. And of course you get to see the famous buildings of the University of Groningen, built in prominent neo-renaissance style.
During the Middle Ages, Groningen was an important city for pilgrims who venerated the relics of John the Baptist. They found shelter in the ‘Peper Guest House’ (Dutch: Pepergasthuis), formed by a network of buildings with 2 courtyards. The Guest House is still open for visitors: you get to see the old church with its beautiful organ, the former asylum for the insane and the beautiful yards.
Around 4 PM the tour will be concluded with a drink at one of the many café’s of the Grote Markt. While you are enjoying your beverage, your guide will tell you all about the large construction site on the eastern side of the Grote Markt. That is where the ‘Forum’ will resurrect: a hypermodern and innovative building that will change the skyline of the city forever.
Costs per person: €19,-
The Wadden Sea: see the seals!
The Wadden Sea (Dutch: Waddenzee) is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea, located approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Groningen. In 2009 it was inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage List. It is famous for its rich biological diversity: this natural site provides shelter for a large amount of fish species. Millions of migratory birds use the area as a migration stopover or wintering site, and a considerable population of seals calls the Wadden Sea their home.
The unique Wadden Sea islands are marked by dunes and wide, sandy beaches towards
the North Sea and a low, tidal coast towards the Wadden Sea. Twice a day, during the period of low water, large parts of the Wadden Sea dry up. With the aid of a tide table, it is possible to walk and wade on the watershed of the mudflats, a spectacular and unforgettable experience.
At 1 PM we will leave Groningen (meetingpoint the base of the Tower of Saint Martin at the Grote Markt) in a luxurious coach. Under the supervision of a professional tourist guide we will arrive in Lauwersoog-harbour one hour later. Then you get the opportunity to discover the Wadden Sea by vessel. We are going to navigate alongside the island of Schiermonnikoog and hopefully you will be astounded by the beauty of both sea and land. No doubt we will encounter seals, who are usually sunbathing on one of the many sandbanks of the Wadden Sea.
On board you can enjoy coffee, tea and, if desired, an alcoholic beverage. We will arrive at Lauwersoog at 4.30 PM, and will then drive back to Groningen. We expect to be at the Grote Markt at 05.45 PM.
Costs per person: € 69,- (a minimum of 30 participants is required)
Wadlopen or mudflat walking
The Wadden Sea (Dutch: Waddenzee) is an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea, nearby the city of Groningen.
In 2009 it was inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage List.
Twice a day, during the period of low water, large parts of the Wadden Sea dry up.
It is possible then, to walk and wade on the watershed of the mudflats, a spectacular and unforgettable experience.
Under the supervision of a professional tourist guide, we will walk across the mudflats for two-and-a-half hours. You will smell the salty air, hear the birds sing and enjoy the beautiful view. You might get a bit dirty, but the possibility to see seals will make it all worth a while. Nowhere else you will get the chance to experience a more fluid transition between dry land and sea.
At 1 P.M. a coach brings you from the Tower of Saint Martin to Noordpolderzijl (approximately 30 kilometers/18 miles). You will be welcomed by our tourist guide who will make sure you have a wonderful afternoon. At the end of the mudflat hike you can wash off the mud. We expect to be back at the Grote Markt at 5.45 P.M.
We advise you to bring shorts and a warm sweater and dry clothes to put on after the hike. Also bring sunglasses and some suntan lotion.
We will provide suitable footwear, a towel and a raincoat, which will be yours after the excursion. You will also receive a ‘goodybag’ with something to drink, fruit and a savoury snack.
Costs per person: €69,- (a minimum of 20 participants is required).
Costs footwear/towel/raincoat/goodybag: €29,-
Please make sure to report your shoe size.
To get an idea of what to expect you might want to goole or YouTube: Wadlopen
Walking on the midflats is a bit af a challange and you get very muddy, especially if you fall