A Day at the Lake
Spring has finally arrived! Despite the fact that there are still a couple of days left, the sun graced us with its presence several times the past weeks. I welcomed these rare occasions with childish joy and went out to explore Groningen. In this article I will tell you about one of my journeys, which led me to Paterswoldsemeer and Hoornsemeer.
These two lakes are arguably the loveliest, most beautiful, or as the Dutch would say the most ‘gezellig’ lakes in Groningen. They are located in the south-southwest region of the city, about 5-10 kilometres away from the centre of the town. This means that depending on the part of the lake you want to explore, you would have to cycle about 15 to 30 minutes from the University Library.
The Hoornsemeer is separated from the Paterswoldsemeer by a dam, and it offers several outdoor activities. It has a beach, the Hoorse Plas, where you can swim in the lake – although it is definitely not recommended in February unless you love a dip in a cold lake –, or just lie down on the sand, sunbathe, read a book, or talk to your friends. If you bring some food with you, you can also have a picnic with your friends; but if you don’t, you can also go to the nearby restaurant and eat something there.
You don’t want to lie down and chill, you say? That is also fine! You can also play beach volleyball, football, badminton, etc. – just don’t forget to bring the kit! There is also a playground and a sort of rope wall for climbing that you can try. Another option is to walk around the lake but be warned it takes more or less 2 hours to go around. If you don’t want to walk that much, you can always just walk on the beach, explore the picturesque landscape, and enjoy a sunny, warm day outside.
If you are looking for outdoor recreation, then you should definitely visit these lakes!