IWCN’s summer recommendations

Cucumber time is upon us once again, and auto reply is on many a Dutch email inbox for the coming months. Summertime is here (even if the weather doesn’t always seem to reflect that), so our team here at IWCN wanted to share our recommendations for some fun ways to spend those long days in the north!

If you head to any destinations in Groninger or Drenthe, you can take advantage of the QBuzz Broezz’n summer deal: in July and August, you and a friend (or family member) can travel by bus all day.


Why not rent a BBQ boat and float along the Paterswoldsemeer?

Discover the Hongerige Wolf Festival in the village of Hongerige Wolf (Hungry Wolf).

Explore the province and city by water on a SUP adventure!

Lose yourself in the wildlife garden, Heemtuim Muntendam.

Dig your toes into the sand and enjoy a cocktail at Beachclub Vifero on the Meerwijckstrand.

Enjoy the great outdoors at Camping Marenland in Winsum.


Wildlands is always a great destination for animal lovers!

Travel back in time at the Orvelte museum village.

Vincent van Gogh activities are happening all across Drenthe this summer in honour of the world-famed artists’ residence in the province 140 years ago.


Visit the charming town of Hindeloopen during the Skûtsjesilen sailing race in August!

De Alde Feanen is perfect for walking and bird watching

Relax on a nice terrace and take in the view at STEK in Leeuwarden.

Sneekweek is a festive tradition full of boats and street parties!

Family-friendly outings in the north:

Groningen has plenty of great ways to spend the day with your kids.

Find your very own Frisian adventure for all ages!

Discover the natural wonder of Drenthe with your little ones this summer.

Beyond the north:

One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Zutphen, is just a couple of hours away, no matter where you live in the north.

Get on your bike and cycle along the Fietsknoppunten network in the Netherlands