De oudste schriftelijke vermelding die bekend is, villa Cruoninga, dateert uit 1040, maar het staat vast dat de huidige stad Groningen al ver daarvoor een bewoonde plaats was.

Gronings: Grunn of Stad, Fries: Grins; is de hoofdstad van de Nederlandse provincie Groningen en de grootste kern in de gelijknamige gemeente. De plaats wordt in grote delen van Noord-Nederland ook kortweg aangeduid met Stad.

The walking tour named “Guesthouse tour”

The guesthouse is also called in other cities “hofje”, in the Middle Ages a guesthouse was a house where people who were ill, poor or pilgrims could find a place to sleep or to live for a time.

The oldest guesthouse in Groningen, “Pelstergasthuis” 1267 probably was built for pilgrims.

After 1600  a guesthouse got more and more the function of houses for aged people.

I would like to show you the most famous “hofjes” with there beautiful gardens.

  • Pelstergasthuis 1267
  • Pepergasthuis 1405
  • Jacob en Anna Gasthuis 1494
  • St.Anthony Gasthuis 1517

About me

Nick Landman 62 years old. I was a teacher of history for 12 years on a school for students of 12-17 years old.
This year I stopped and I would like to tell and share the story to everybody who likes to learn something about the history of my city Groningen.

I have offered this walking tour to my friends, they learned so many things about the beautiful city Groningen, they said to me after the tour.

The Middle Ages  1000-1500 is my favorite subject, the time of building many cities in the Netherlands, my students made short movies about the Guesthouses in Groningen and they liked it very much.

  • Price €1 per person
  • Country / Location Netherlands/ Groningen
  • Hotspots Martinitoren, Pelstergasthuis, Jacob en Anna Gasthuis, St.Anthony Gasthuis and Pepergasthuis.
  • Languages English, Dutch
  • Duration 2 hours


Remember the guides work under donations. Only we ask €1 booking costs per person. Feel free to tip the guide after the tour!


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  • Franka Stas – 2018/05/09

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Nick is a great story teller! He knows his city from the inside out. The information he provides is packed in anecdotes you will remember. A great guide to make you discover this beautiful city, with its car free center. Ask Nick how the city government managed to make that happen! And why there are so many bikes with blue tires!

  • Petra Klomp – 2018/04/11

    Rating: 4 / 5

    Nice to listen, very interesting and usually I think this things boring but not with him!!!


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