Groningen: The Middle Ages 1200-1500
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
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.
Remember the guides work under donations. Only we ask €5 booking costs. Feel free to tip the guide after the tour!
Gertjan – 2018/08/01•Pros
Leuke en interessante tocht door Groningen. Naast de middeleeuwen ook veel achtergronden van de beide wereldoorlogen gehoord!
Els – 2018/07/22•Pros
Zeer geslaagde tour met Nick langs hofjes en oude straten in Groningen. Veel opgestoken!
Naomi – 2018/07/18•Pros
Hele leuke tour. Ook als je zelf uit Groningen komt weet Nick interessante dingen te vertellen en mooie plekken aan te wijzen die je nog nooit eerder waren opgevallen!
Franka Stas – 2018/05/09•Pros
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•Pros
Nice to listen, very interesting and usually I think this things boring but not with him!!!
Lea – 2018/03/28•Pros
Very friendly guide, even did the tour for our small group of 2 people. Interesting walking tour to places you wouldn’t find on your own. Totally recommended!
Axel J. Barradas – 2018/03/07•Pros
Amazing tour, very insightful. Nick was really knowledgeable, speaking in clear English and with lots of cool facts about the city. We also visited a couple of pubs in the are and Nick helped us pick some great beers.
Chris Brugman – 2018/01/29•Pros
Nick really knows hi’s stuff. He is a great guide. Very enthusiastic, interesting and kind. We have a great time on his tour.
Nick, glad to have you aboard. 🙂 Enjoy your free tours in Groningen.