Groningen Central Station
Photo by: The Wolf, Creative Commons

On the northernmost part of the Netherlands, you will find the city of Groningen. The city was founded in 1100 A.D, it’s in this city that you will be able to catch a glimpse of the old world merging in with the new. This city is considered to be a university town so you can expect to find a younger crowd roaming the city streets. If you can, try to plan out your Groningen holiday in time for their annual festivals dedicated to the arts, film, music and theatre.

Going on a bike tour is probably the exciting and economical way that you can experience the city of Groningen. Simply join a guided tour in English and you will get to see all the important sights in the city and at the same time have an intensive work out as well. Though it’s easy to get intimidated by the huge amount of bikes that you will see on the streets, you should make sure that you keep your own bike secure, as bike theft is quite rampant in this area.

As soon as you enter the city of Groningen, the first thing that you should do is visit the Martinitower. The church dates back to the 12th century and has miraculously withstood the most devastating wars of the past century. Be sure to climb up all the way to the tower so that you see a spectacular view of the whole city.

Because the city of Groningen plays host to thousands of students from major universities such as Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the city’s nightlife is always alive and kicking, no matter what time of year it is. Clubs, pubs and coffee shops are abundant in this city so be prepared to make friends with some locals and party all night. You will be able to find some good eating and drinking places that will fit your budget. Just head on to where the crowd is going and you’re bound to find the coolest places to hang out in the city.

Groningen may just be the Netherlands’ equivalent to the city that never sleeps. So start planning your getaway to Groningen.

One response to “Groningen”

  1. susan says:

    Visiting my daughter for 2 days, after touring Amsterdam. What are some things to do? My daughter is 29, and we’re in our sixties, but very youthful minded. We are NOT ultra physical, but are capable of walking several blocks at a time. Should we get a car? Please give us some advice. Thanks so much! Susan

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