Get a breath of fresh air!

There is nothing like the province of Groningen, so they say, and that is true!  Groningen is one of the oldest man-made landscapes in Europe, an under-the-radar gem. Wilgenheerd estate lies to the north-west of the city of Groningen. The area borders the Wadden Sea and the Lauwersmeer National Park. The rugged landscape is criss-crossed by numerous footpaths and cycle paths, meadows and gullies and meandering ribbons of picturesque villages. The Hogeland breathes tranquility and purity.

The Hogeland

Hiking a stretch of the Pronkjewailpad, sailing to Pieterburen in our own boat, dining in the famous Café Hammingh on the Reitdiep, listening to a concert in the church in Ezinge, buying special plants from the Kleine Plantage in Eenrum, bird spotting in the Lauwersmeer National Park, visiting BorgVerhildersum, a high tea in the Houwerzijl Tea factory or a guided tour on one of the enormous potato farms in the area. Just a selection….

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Out and about

Many walking-, cycling- and boating routes start from Wilgenheerd. Download the routes to your own bike computer, smartphone or GPS via www.wikiloc.com. The routes have all been compiled by ourselves and can be found under Wilgenheerd. Download the Waddenland app for the nicest interactive thematic cycling-walking-sailing routes, with stories about the Hogeland and its inhabitants.

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Cities

Half an hour’s drive away is the old bursting city of Groningen, where you can enjoy a nice day’s shopping, visit the Groninger Museum or the remarkable Forum. You will experience Groningen in a completely different way if you take the city walk past old courtyards and through quiet places in the city. On the Frisian side of the Lauwersmeer lies the attractive town of Dokkum. A little further away, Leeuwarden with its beautiful old centre is also worth a visit!

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Wadden

Less than 10 km from Wilgenheerd estate, you are on the Wadden dike and have a view of perhaps the most beautiful nature reserve in the Netherlands: the Unesco Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. From the dyke, you can look over the salt marshes and sandbanks, discover the power of the tides and, in the distance, see Schiermonnikoog, a real must-do! Pieterburen is one of the starting points for a tough mud-flat walking adventure.

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Lauwersmeer National Park

This area is increasingly being discovered by nature lovers. There are beautiful walks to be made where you can spot the most beautiful birds in the meantime, even the white-tailed eagle! Visit the old fishing village of Zoutkamp or eat fish at the lively harbour of Lauwersoog. It is special to enjoy the darkness at night; Lauwersmeer is a ‘Dark Sky’ park. Would you like to go on the water of the Lauwersmeer? There are plenty of opportunities there too!

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