Delfzijl (Groningen), Netherlands
The fifth largest seaport in Holland, Delfzijl offers visitors an authentic Dutch main street shopping experience and plenty of opportunities for native treats such as Dutch Apple Cake and locally-brewed beer. Near the Damsterdiep canal, a 10 minute walk from the city center, there is a small statue of the literary character Maigret. 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 is situated in an old World War II bunker, and contains a small museum and sea aquarium near the dyke.