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The city of Groningen arose on a strategic site at the end of the Hondsrug. Already in prehistory this was the only reliable route between the Hondsrug region and the clay soils of Groningen along the Waddenzee. On both sides of the city lay impassable swamps. If you wanted to reach the wealthy farming villages to the north, the only way was through Groningen.

Map of the fortress Groningen (south is on the right)

Fortress city

From Coevorden the most important routes over the Hondsrug and the Ridge of Rolde led to the city. Not only friends, but enemies also were happy to make use of these roads to the rich trading city of Groningen. All too quickly the people of Groningen became accustomed to defending themselves against unwanted visitors. The first walls around the city of Groningen were built as early as 1040. The greatest expansion of the defences took place at the beginning of the seventeenth century.

A peek trough the Noorderplantsoen

The Noorderplantsoen

The Noorderplantsoen public gardens were laid out in the nineteenth century on and around the northwestern defence walls of the city. In designing the park, garden and landscape architect H. Copijn made good use of the bits of old walls and defensive ditches which still existed. In summer the park is packed with locals who come to relax on the historic traces of warfare which still stand here … The city map shows the remains of other defence works which are also worth visiting. The Groninger Museum, for example, stands in the former moat around the city walls.

Location data

Coordinates: 53°13’23.7″N 6°33’18.8″E

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