Watertoren West view, Groningen, Netherlands
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Netherlands Watertoren West view, Groningen

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The water tower on the Hofstede de Grootkade, also known as "Watertoren West," in the Dutch city of Groningen, was designed by the city architect J.A. Mulock Houwer and was built and used in 1912.
The tower, on the corner with Herman Colleniusstraat, is one of the highest water towers in the Netherlands, with a height of 56.30 meters. It originally had one suspended bottom reservoir of 1000 m3. In 1925, a second reservoir of 782 m3 was built underneath. The upper reservoir was irreparably damaged by Canadian artillery fire on April 15, 1945, during the liberation of the city of Groningen. Nowadays, it is a hotel that offers incredible views over the city.

Photography Tips

Since I stayed in the tower for my weekend getaway, I had a concise walk over the bridge to capture the tower with the channel in the foreground. I waited for the late afternoon light to hit the tower to take my photo. At this time of the day, the channel also calms down for a good chance of a reflection.

Travel Information

Groningen itself is hard to explore by car and also unnecessarily. You should visit by train or park your car at one of the Q-park stations around. The city center is easy to explore on foot or by bike.
Spot Type Outdoor
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Sunset
Sunrise & Sunset 05:21 - 21:57 | current local time: 04:17
Photo Themes historic Historic building historical building Historical City Historical site

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