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Delfzijl [1] is a city of around 20,000 inhabitants located in the north-eastern part of Groningen Province in the Netherlands.


The city has a large industrial area, a busy port, a tiny beach and a few attractions to entertain the (mostly accidental) visitors. The place is not recommended for a longer stay, but has plenty of shops, a few hotels and a well stocked public library with internet facilities.

Delfzijl gained national notoriety in 2005 and 2006 because of political turmoil caused by its bickering local politicians. One of the last mayors to leave town in a hurry (Ms. Marritje Appel), bitterly denounced the city as "Sicily of the North".

During the local elections of 2006 30% of all voters in the city of Delfzijl submitted an "abstain vote".

Get in[edit]

Take a train from Groningen (every half hour). There are also bus connections to and from Winschoten, Uithuizen and villages in the area.

Get around[edit]

Walk or cycle, otherwise you need a car. From the train station, some regional buses run through the city's neighbourhoods on their way to Winschoten or Groningen. Generally there is en short connection to the train.

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  • Near the Damsterdiep canal, a 10 minute walk from the centre, there is a small statue of Maigret [2]. Georges Simenon created the character of the sleuth Maigret while staying in the town in 1929. He based his story "A Crime in Holland" in Delfzijl.
  • The Aquariom contains a small museum and sea aquarium near the dyke (situated in a World War II bunker).
  • The windmill Adam (exhibition centre) in the city centre.

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Delfzijl offers the usual Dutch main street shopping experience (Blokker, Hema, Zeeman, etc.).

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Get out[edit]

There is a ferry service for people and bicycles (but no cars) to Emden in Germany. The boat runs only Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and only from May to September. Reservation is possible, but not necessary. [3]

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