Hoogeland (NL) February 2014

Hoogeland is an area with a long history. The whole region was reclaimed on the sea, a process which started in Mediaeval times. All over the region traces of the process can be found like characteristic flood hills, churches, dikes and waterways. The result a very attractive region with lots of cultural, historical sites and beautiful landscapes. Two parts of the region are National Park and National landscape. The bordering shallow Waddensea is UNESCO worldheritage. In the eastern part of Hoogeland we find a deepsea harbour with different kinds of industry. The main use of the region is agriculture. Lauwersoog is an important harbour for shrimps. Spread over the region there are a few towns and some 175 (small) villages. There are many chances for development in the field of tourism, regional products, innovation, renewable energy etc. The large number of (very) small SME, the shrinking population and the limited (financial) resources are aspects to take in consideration.

The projects

De Diek'n, Zeerijp

Farm De Diek’n (the dykes) is an typical Groningen farmhouse build in the 17th century. The present owners turned it over to a nice quiet en inspiring place to stay overnight, have a meeting or a meal. Furthermore it is a nice starting point for trips in the region.


Verhildersum, Leens Bouwe Ruiter

Verhildersum is becoming a key location in the development of regional products, information about local fruit species and ancient crops.


Het Informatie Paviljoen (HIP), Lauwersoog

Here visitors can find information about the harbour, the national park Lauwersmeer etc.


Visserijmuseum, Zoutkamp

The Fishery museum is located in the former buoy shed, wich was used to store and repair buoys. The crane on the quay, the lorry and the rails are still there and form part of the museum. Information is given about the (shrimp) fishery history in the regio.


Sloepenloods, Zoutkamp

This building was created to build replica’s of ancient fishing vessels as part of a LEADER project. Unemployed people are trained here and the ships are used for touristic activities.


't Schathuys, Verhildersum

Verhildersum Manor and Estate is an important link between the present and the past of the area. The estate tells the story of the nobility in relation to the farmers and the labourers, the story of blooming and withering,  of sowing and reaping.


museum Wierdenland, Ezinge

Before dykes were build inhabitants created floodhills to protect themselves and the cattle against the water. There are Hundreds of ‘wierden’ as they are called in dutch. The museum gives an overview of construction, use, archeology.


church, Hornhuizen

The church was build in the 13th century and burnt down in 1247. Soon after the church was rebuild. The tower was build in the 15th century. The yellow paint is called ‘Gronings gold’ abd served as a beacon for ships.

Wongema, Hornhuizen

This ancient village inn was prevented from demolition turned in a multipurpose center. One can eat, stay, work, meet etc. it is still an important placet o meet in the village but very different from before.


Het Klooster, Kloosterburen

The Hotel het klooster is located in the ancient monastery in the villages Kloosterburen, traditionally a Catholic enclave in North Groningen. Klooster is dutch for convent. The complex was built around 1924 was originally a convent with a school, kindergarten.