New Welcome Walks routes: Oosterparkwijk and Haren
Want to get to know your neighbourhood? We've got all of the need-to-know and nice-to-know info on our Welcome Walks!
We've just added new routes for two areas in Groningen:
Our self-guided routes cover the basics you need in your daily life, plus the hidden gems that make your corner of the city unique! Read on to learn even more about these special spots in Groningen.
The Oosterparkwijk is a residential area, and was historically a working class neighborhood. Much of the area was built and developed after the 2nd World War. The neighborhood was once home to a football stadium on the Zaagmuldersweg, but when the Euroborg came along, it was torn down. Even though it’s one of the most charming areas of the city with a high concentration of Amsterdamse School-style homes, the area still has a bit of a reputation in Groningen as being a little rough around the edges (due in no small part to riots, led by local hooligans, on New Years Eve in 1997).
Many of the streets in the neighborhood are named for researchers and doctors at the RUG and hospital, flower species and types of birds. In addition to the hidden gems we uncover in our Welcome Walk for the neighborhood, here’s some bonus local inside scoops:
The Ripperdahuis building (on the Zaagmuldersweg) was among the first flat blocks specifically for elderly citizens. They were built in the ‘70s to replace the gasthuis system in the city center. And the Gorechtkade (kade means means wharf) was originally going to be a canal, but when the Van Starkenborgh canal opened and redirected boats outside the city, it became a residential street.
The village of Haren officially merged with the municipality of Groningen in 2019, and had been an independent municipality (gemeente) since 1811. Even though it has plenty to offer in its own right, Haren is often considered a bit of a commuter town, particularly for somewhat wealthier residents (as evidenced by the many beautiful villas along the main roads of the town).
One of its best known visitors spots is the Hortus botanical gardens, in particular the stunning Chinese garden. It was originally part of the University of Groningen’s facilities, but is now open to the public. And just outside of Haren, there are some great areas for long bike rides through the countryside (the beginning of the Hondenrug – Dog’s Back – hills), and for some train spotting. There’s even a traditional windmill in the heart of town, and the always popular Paterswoldsemeer is just a stone’s throw away.