A quick introduction to the Netherlands’ northernmost province. Get a glimpse of the Wad, the seawall, mound villages, churches, gardens, ‘borg’ villas and the bustling city. Then take a relaxing peaceful day at the end. And be sure to leave a few highlights for your next visit.
Arrive in Pieterburen and settle in at your accommodation. Then jump right in with a visit to the seal centre or stroll the seawall for a view of the ever-changing mudflats.
Wake up to a peaceful morning in Pieterburen and the excitement of starting your trip. Ride to Kaakhorn among huge fields of grain and potatoes discovering ‘unknown’ villages like Westernieland and Den Andel, secrets known only to artists. Roll onward to Onderdendam’s beautiful spot on the Damsterdiep and follow the water’s edge to Winsum, recently voted the Netherlands’ most beautiful village. Wind through unique waterscapes along the Reitdiep / Hunzedal, then take a short boat journey for lunch at Cafe Hammingh or Garnwerd 'aan Zee'. Pedal into the city of Groningen on the Pieterpad pilgrimage route and relax on a Grote Markt terrace or the Forum rooftop.
Take in a bit of the city then ride off into peaceful green countryside. The busy university vibe gives way to wide open space and marvellous mound villages like Middelstum and Kantens appear. This is the real Hogeland, all lush and green. From Usquert far-reaching views reveal Noordpolderzijl on the dike with the Wadden Sea just beyond. Pause for some refreshment at ‘t Zielhoes then cycle a section outside the dike, testing your legs against the wind. Then take some time to rest and relax in Pieterburen before you depart.
Is it already time to go? Make time, if you can, to tour the Hogeland via Zoutkamp and linger in Lauwersmeer National Park. Celebrate with a fresh fish lunch at the harbour, just where boats depart for Schiermonnikoog. Perhaps an idea for your next visit?
|Single room, breakfast||339.00|
|Double room, breakfast||249.00|
|Extra night (breakfast only)||70.00|
|The Market Hotel, Groningen||25.00|
|Surcharge per person||€|
|Stay in Pieterburen on Friday||10.00|
|Stay in Pieterburen on Saturday||10.00|
|Bike Breakdown pass||€ 4.67 x 3||14.00|
|Child seat||€ 5.00 x 3||15.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 3||9.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 3||18.00|
|Tag-along bike||€ 6.00 x 3||18.00|
|Child trailer||€ 17.50 x 3||52.50|
|Bike helmet||per piece||10.00|
|Boat Schiermonnikoog||per piece||30.00|
3 overnights included
3/4 Star Hotels
Tourist tax included
Breakfast included, half board optional
Detailed roadbook with maps and tourist information
Rental bikes are available
7-day service hotline
Luggage transport to your next hotel
Parking available at the hotel
GPS tracks available
Option to book the ferry to Schiermonnikoog, €30,- per person