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Groningen: City Canal Cruise

1. Groningen: City Canal Cruise

Discover the canals of Groningen in an hour with Rondvaartbedrijf Kool, a family business which has provided canal tours for more than 50 years. Float past the tall steeple on the Martinitoren and other old buildings. Buy some snacks, beer, or prosecco to enjoy throughout the cruise. Come to the meeting point, then jump aboard the boat to begin exploring the canal. Marvel at the many beautiful towers, bridges, and buildings which you will see along the historic canals. Sit back and relax to see the wonders of medieval and modern architecture along the way. Let the friendly staff take care of you and purchase a drink or snack. Choose from a variety of coffees, teas, sodas, Heineken or Belgian beers, wine, or prosecco to buy aboard the boat. Then, sip on your drink and take in the churches and scenery that you will see during the cruise. Encounter the well-known Martinitoren, a famous tall church steeple. Then, sail past the Groniger Museum, which displays modern and contemporary art. Also, look at the Tasman Tower. Finally, finish up your tour at the starting point and get off the boat.

Groningen: Open Boat City Canal Cruise

2. Groningen: Open Boat City Canal Cruise

Join the most entertaining open-air canal cruise of Groningen. Where personal contact and authentic stories about Groningen are held in high esteem. Enjoy the Groningen canals, interesting information and unlimited beverages for one hour long. We navigate along the Old Museum (Westerhaven), warehouses Hoge and Lage der A, AA-church, Hoek van Ameland, Noorderhaven, the Prinsenhof, the Stadsschouwburg and of course the famous Martinitoren Our experienced and enthusiastic skippers will tell you all about the history, architecture and culture of the city while you enjoy the view.

Groningen: Climb the Martinitower

3. Groningen: Climb the Martinitower

In the last 500 years, the Martinitower tower has endured fire and lightning, and has nearly collapsed. Wars have been won and lost on its steps, but the tower has stood firm and, at 97 metres, it is still the highest building in the city. Climb the tower to experience some tangible history and a stunning view. Over 250 steps Because there is no lift, climbing the d’Olle Grieze – Old Grey One – involves some unremitting labour. Most visitors take about an hour for their visit. But rest assured that your work-out will be handsomely rewarded. After every so many steps, take in the Martinikerk church vaults, centuries-old ornaments, heavy bells or giant flagpoles. On the first gallery, step outside to walk around the tower at a height of 39 metres. And on this gallery you can also find a small cinema where you can watch a short movie about the history of Groningen through the eyes of the tower, High above the city A considerable number of steps higher will take you to the bell tower. After the narrow and somewhat damp passages, you may experience a feeling of space. This is where you can hear gulls above and people at the market while you stand between the clock dials. After enjoying the beautiful view of the city and environs the time has come to go back down. Any sore muscles the following day will be well worth the effort.

Amsterdam: Unlimited EU Internet with eSIM Mobile Data

4. Amsterdam: Unlimited EU Internet with eSIM Mobile Data

Enjoy your unlimited data plan with eSIM access to the web throughout the Amsterdam, Netherlands and Europe. Avoid expensive data roaming charges or connecting to unsecured public internet points. Save yourself the time and hassle of looking for free Wi-Fi every time you need an internet connection. Benefit from a service where you won’t have to change your sim card or buy a new one during your vacation. Enjoy the peace of mind of an unlimited package at truly 4G and 5G speed which is secure and works everywhere in the Europe. Keep in touch with family and friends back home with no speed limitations at any level of data usage. Watch movies, play games, make online calls, stream your playlists, share your memories, use live navigation, and more. The following devices support the eSIM product: Apple iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Max iPhone 12 Max Pro iPhone 13 mini iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 14 iPhone 14 Plus iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 14 Pro Max iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone SE (2020) iPad Air (3rd Generation) iPad Pro (3rd Generation) iPad Mini (5th Generation) Samsung Samsung Galaxy Fold Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 ultra Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Samsung Note 20+ Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ Ultra 5G Samsung Galaxy Fold Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Google devices that support eSIM Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL Google Pixel 4 & 4 XL Google Pixel 4A 5G Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL Google Pixel 5 Google Pixel 5a Google Pixel 6 Google Pixel 6 Pro Motorola Motorola Razr 2019 Huawei Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P50 Pro Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Groningen: Walking Tour with Local Guide

5. Groningen: Walking Tour with Local Guide

During your 1.5 hour walking tour (max. 25 guests per group) you will see, feel, smell, hear about the history, present and future of the city of Groningen. With your guide you will explore the historical city-centre. The 1000-years old metropolis of the North of the Netherlands will embrace you. Be amazed by this vibrant student town. See Renaissance combined with modern architecture. Look around and enjoy the green squares, the tower, the people, the stories you will be told. You will make unforgettable memories during your visit! The tour starts at the brand new Forum Groningen where you will learn all about technical innovations, modern culture and actuality. Your guide will take you on a walk and to see the New Market Square and de Martini-toren. Continuing your tour you will see so much more, like the office of the Commisionar of the King, the Palace of the 17th and 18th century Regents, the City-Hall situated on the Grote Marktsquare, the Gold-office and the Academic Building. Enjoy the beautiful yellow tower of the A-church and step back 800 years when you are exploring the oldest harbour of Groningen. Of course, you can not miss the old Folkingestraat with it's Jewish history and (not part of the tour on Sundays) the impressive Pepergasthuis, the shelter place for pilgrims who came to worship until the end of the 16th century, the relic of Saint John the Baptist. At the end of the tour, ending at the Forum Groningen again, use the electric stair-cases to discover the 45m. high platform yourself. The view is breath-taking. When you have seen this all, and don't worry because this all can be seen in a 1.5km walk, you will always remember your visit to this warm, welcoming, lovely place with its 235.000 inhabitants, including the 70.000 students. We look forward to welcome you.

Groningen: Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App

6. Groningen: Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App

Explore Groningen on your terms with this self-guided audio tour, accessible on your smartphone! Immerse yourself in the beauty of this historic city at your own pace and in your preferred language. This self-guided audio tour offers you the flexibility to choose your destinations and decide how long you wish to spend at each site. Groningen is the city of vast polders, the Martinitoren, narrow streets and a bustling student life. Although the word "city" is used, Groningen never received city rights, did you know that? However, according to the modern definition, we may just call Groningen a city. Experience Groningen at its best through this self-guided city audio tour. You will get to know impressive sights, such as the Forum, the Martinitoren, the Grote Markt, the Groninger Museum, but also hidden courtyards and narrow streets. Are you already impressed by seeing the Dronkemanstoren? We have carefully crafted the most beautiful walking route for you and gathered more than 38 captivating and interesting stories. You'll pass by all the well-known landmarks but will also be surprised by new discoveries and hidden gems. Explore Groningen's rich history, embrace its vibrant present, and be delighted by its captivating legends and stories. Whether you're embarking on a solo adventure, enjoying a romantic city stroll with your partner or exploring the city with friends or family, our self-guided audio tour caters to all preferences. Plus, you'll receive a nice discount when you do the tour with companions.

Groningen Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

7. Groningen Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

The Sherlock Holmes City Game is a self-guided tour that gives you a fun and interactive way to walk around the city. All you need is a phone with an internet connection. As soon as you book the game, we will send you all the information you need via email. By moving around the city, you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photo challenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder of Balthasar. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: easy – also suitable for families with children - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only need to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people) - Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like. - *NOTE: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field but DOES NOT provide any information about the city! HOW TO PLAY: Book the City Game, check the email we send you with the instructions, download the Loquiz App, and begin your gaming experience! Explore the city at your own pace while playing the Sherlock Holmes City Game, a self-guided tour that offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can play when, where and with who you want. Whether you want to play alone for personal excitement or with a group of people this is the game for you! Playing with more groups will turn into a competitive experience, perfect as a teambuilding activity. This game is a fun activity you can do while visiting a city with your family and friends or as a couple. Our City Game offers the maximum independence, you can play pause & continue whenever you want!

Pieterburen: Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre Ticket

8. Pieterburen: Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre Ticket

Sealcentre Pieterburen is the place where you can see the care of the seals and their habitat, the Wadden Sea. Every day, a team of seal nurses, vets and volunteers from all over the world look after these animals. They are sick, wounded, disturbed by humans or entangled in plastics. With your visit, you support our work. A healthy seal can’t live without a healthy sea. That is why we let you see beyond the individual animal. In our centre, researchers are studying the connection between animal, sea and ourselves. So that we continue to improve not only our centre, but also ourselves. And you can play a part in that, too. You will get a unique look at the sealcare during your visit. Walk around and learn all about how seals are taken in, cared for and released again. Besides our colleagues from the visitor centre, you will also meet seal guards, seal nurses, vets and, of course, volunteers from all over the world. Ask your questions directly to them. They would love to answer them.

Groningen Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

9. Groningen Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Groningen at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Martinitoren", "Groninger Museum", "Papengang" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Peerd van Ome Loeks” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Papengang. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Groningen: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

10. Groningen: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

Every city has its own special stories, including Groningen. The disappearance of Bommen Berend is one of them. The criminal Bishop miraculously managed to escape from Groningen in 1672. To this day, the mystery has not been unraveled. Catering magnate Sjoerd Kooistra also just didn't succeed. With his notes you will search for the secret exit of Groningen. Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the University, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

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4.3 / 5

based on 11 reviews

It was a brilliant idea to take a sightseeing tour of Groningen by boat, as you get a relatively inexpensive overview of the city's highlights with the best service!

This was a great experience. The value was amazing. The view was great as well. It is cool to go to the top of the forum and see the church and then climb the tower.

Was super fun! The city looks particularly beautiful from the water. The onboard hospitality was also great and very friendly.

The signs describing what you can see provide a good overview and helpful orientation.

Awesome!! Had a lot of information about Groningen.