Old Groningen Churches, Krewerd, Middelstum, Midwolde, Pieterburen

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The Mariakerk in Krewerd was built around 1280. All that time ago, yet the church still has a serene, mystical, medieval aura. The interior is very big for a small village church. Its most eye-catching feature is the sixteenth-century organ in the middle of the church. The pipes have discoloured a bit through age, but the instrument is still played.

Please note: The church will be closed on the 29th of September until 13.30 due to an organ recording.

Open daily from 10.00-17.00

Kerkpad 8
9904 PE Krewerd




The Sint-Hippolytuskerk in Middelstum was built in the fifteenth century by a knight called Onno van Ewsum. Colourful paintings of biblical scenes were added on the vaulted ceiling soon afterwards. One of them is of Adam and Eve in Paradise. The beautiful details in the paintings are testimony to the skill of the anonymous artist.

The Church is closed, but there is a key available at the neigbours at the backside of the Church. Telephone number 0595-551324

Concordiaplein 1
9991 BB Middelstum




The Adelskerk in Midwolde is an elegant church. The aristocratic families that lived in nearby Nienoord turned the village church into their court chapel. They went so far as to install an imposing marble tomb made by the sculptor Rombout Verhulst. It has kept the memory of those families alive for centuries.

Open 11.00-17.00 from Thursday to Sunday (1 April to 31 October).

Tour guides are present from 13:00 - 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hoofdstraat 134
9355 TD Midwolde




The Petruskerk stands in the middle of the botanical garden of Pieterburen. The interior is ornately decorated with superb wood carvings. You will find yourself in the midst of a mass of plants, flowers and animals. The woodcarvers and furniture makers give you the feeling that you have entered a heavenly paradise on earth.

01-01-2023 until 08-01-2023 daily 11-16 hours

09-01-2023 until 30-03-2023 Saturday & Sunday 11-16 hours

31-03-2023 until 29-10-2021 daily 10-17 hours

30-10-2023 until 07-01-2024 daily 11-16 hours

Hoofdstraat 74
9968 AG Pieterburen



Contact: T. Stuyling de Lange
Address: Kerkpad 1
Telephone: +31 (0)596 850 180

Contact: Fam. Bos
Address: Kerkpad 23
Telephone: +31 (0)595 551 324

Contact: H. Nienhuis-Stol
Address: Hoofdstraat 125-I
Telephone: +31 (0)594 513 080

Contact: I. Diakonoff
Address: Hoofdstraat 80
Telephone: +31 (0)595 528 401


There is no charge to visit the old Groningen churches.

The old Groningen churches have generous opening hours. If you find the church closed you can collect a key from someone nearby and let yourself in.

Sint-Hippolytuskerk, Middelstum, SOGK. Foto: Janna Bathoorn.

Viewing guide

Discover the hidden treasures

We have selected the highlights of the old Groningen churches in Krewerd, Middelstum, Midwolde and Pieterburen for you. There is a remarkable story behind each one. Ask for the viewing guide to guide you around all the highlights.

Information viewing guide

We ask for a voluntary contribution for the use of the viewing guide. In this way you will be helping to preserve the interior of this church.


How do you get to the old Groningen churches?

By car

If you go to Groningen by car, combine your trip with a visit to all the churches. They all have parking spaces outside the door. Plan your route at google.nl/maps.

By public transport

You can also get to the old Groningen churches by public transport. We advise you to plan your visit in advance at 9292.nl.