The northernmost tip of the mainland

Nothing tops Groningen, and this particularly applies to the Noordkaap. Noordkaap is the northernmost tip of the Netherlands mainland. ‘De Hemelpoort’ work of art marks this place, which provides an unobstructed view of the water and the infinite skies above the Wadden.

De Hemelpoort (Heaven’s Gate)

‘De Hemelpoort’ is an impressive 2.5-metre high corten steel gate. It has turned a rusty-brown colour as a result of exposure to the elements. Groningen artist René de Boer named his gate ‘Poort Kaap Noord’, but it has become ‘De Hemelpoort’ in popular speech. Once you’re standing on top of the dyke and looking over the sandbars, you can only agree.