Hello everyone. As you already know, our adventure in the Netherlands continues but each time with a different place. Who is ready to find out where are we today? Let’s see it!
Let’s start by saying that Groningen, and its surrounding region, is an important agricultural area (so we only expect the best from the typical dishes, right?). The city is considered the most important place of the north of the Netherlands. Why? For its cultural life and because of its known universities. An ideal city for students (in fact, heavily populated by them). Do you know what is the other reason why Groningen is known? Well, it is one of the cities that best promote the use of bicycles. Most of the streets are closed to the cars and one of the reason is due to its shape (so expect many bike paths in the surrounding area). In addition to this, the city center is surrounded by a series of canals. Groningen is also an easily accessible via train line.
To know more (what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, what to visit…) continue to read.
We have already mentioned the importance of the cultural life of the city and so now we just have to give a look. Let’s go!
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
- Martinikerk: is the oldest church in the city, located in the main square of Groningen (Grote Markt). It is in Gothic style and on the inside it contains a valuable monumental organ. The building is flanked by a high bell tower, the Martinitoren. This is one of the main tourist attractions of the city (and the symbol of Groningen) as it offers a spectacular view of the city and it has a fantastic lighting by night. Inside the bell tower there is a carillon that contains 62 bells and the stairs that will take you to the top. It must be said that there are many stairs, about 260 but we assure you that they are worth every effort.
- Der Aa-kerk: is a medieval church in the center of Groningen. Also this church is flanked by a high tower.
- Synagoge: the city’s synagogue. This is a very unique and interesting place of worship to visit and that very nice looking. Unmissable opportunity to learn something new and get in touch with a different culture from yours (if that is not already your culture!)
- Groninger Museum: is a museum of art, history and archeology and is located on the Verbindingskanaal (canal). The museum also houses a collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and different kinds of art, including those of the local De Ploeg group. Nothing to add to the very special and colorful architecture of the building.
- Grafisch Museum Groningen: is a museum dedicated to the craft graphics and graphic arts. You will know every curiosity this world through the different periodical exhibitions.
- Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum: museum entirely focused on the maritime history of the city and particularly on the boats. The museum is located on Brugstraat and will be easy to recognize it, as the entrance the first thing you will see will be a model of an old boat (a sign that will make you realize that you have arrived in the right place).
- Het universiteitsmuseum: is a museum, in the city center, that offers a wide range of different kinds of collections (ethnographic collection, botanical and psychological collection…) and periodic exhibitions.
- Strip Museum: we call here all the comic strip lovers. Exactly what you are thinking, this is a museum entirely dedicated to the amazing world of the comic strip. You will not miss out such a beautiful opportunity, right?!
- Noorderlicht Photogallery: is a permanent photographic exhibition. It features the work of young local talent, but also those of the greatest masters of photography (Mathieu Keuter, Anders Petersen…).
- Art Gallery Erik Zwezerijnen: art gallery with lots of paintings full of life.
- Stichting Museum Canadian Allied Forces: is a museum dedicated to the time when the Dutch North countries, and in particular Groningen, got their freedom during World War II. You will find war machines, weapons and much more.
As in any city, Groningen has its theaters as well. Let’s see which ones.
Stadsschouwburg (located in Turfsingel), Martini Plaza (theater but also concert hall), Oosterpoort, Grand Theatre ( located in the main square of Grote Markt).
And in the end here are the two most famous concert halls: Vera and Simplon.
There is lots of fun in Groningen… so let’s start!
- De Prinsentuin: is a renaissance garden in the city center. It includes flowers (roses), hedges, sculptures, trees and there is also a map of the city of Egbert Haubois. Here you can attend the outdoor poetry reading by known and unknown authors (maybe if you have some works ready to read, why not to try?!)
- Battlefield Tours: walking tour of the city.
- Alternative Groningen Tour: yes “alternative” beacuse it is a tour a little different from the others. It goes to the discovery of the unknown places of Groningen. An ideal tour for those who prefer to do something new and different.
- Groningen City Tours: another tour of the city, but this time by a bike. We remind you of the many trails and bike paths that you will find there, that will allow you to have lots of funny moments. Jus for this Groningen was called “World Cycling City”.
- The autonomous “tour” among the two main squares and several streets of the city: the Grote Markt, the main square (where take place several markets). Needless to say, here you will find everything, shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and so on. Vismarkt, another important square. Then there are the Herestraat, the Kromme Elleboog or Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat and the Folkingestraat (the jewish area. This is the palce where there is the synagogue).
- Klimcentrum Bjoeks: “the great climbing” as we liked to call her us. It is an outdoor climbing wall. Unfortunately it is not suitable for everyone because the wall in question is really high. So it’s a no for those who has fear of the height because you have to be brave and you have to love the view from above. However for all those who haven’t all this courage, there’s something for you too. The building has also interior walls easier to climb. Just don’t forget to bring a sport outfit and go!
- Zeilcharter Willem Jacob: here there are organized fantastic boat rides to enjoy the magnificent colors of the sky from the water.
- Rondvaart in Groningen: the evergreen (but always well welcomed) tour around the canals.
- ‘t Peddeltje kanoverhuur: this is also a tour around the canals with the difference that you will be the real protagonist. How? Just rent a canoe and done!
- Catcafe Op z’n Kop: yes, we have decided to including a cafè in this category, because this is a special cafè. You can have your order with the kittens at your feet. There is something more beautiful than this and that make you feel at home?!
- Groninger Forum cinema/Pathé Groningen: two of the most famous cinemas of the city for an alternative evening.
- Euro Kartracing & Bowling: go-kart path.
- Goldberg Escape/The Escape Hunt Experience Groningen: escape room.
Nightlife in Groningen is very present also beacause there ara lots of students that reside in the city (in fact the city has been chosen as “best city center” of the Netherlands). The most populated places are the two squares: Grote Markt and Vismarkt. Next we can find the Poelestraat and Peperstraat. Groningen has a red-light district in the Nieuwstad areas (not far from the city center).
The city is also home to several festivals, including the Eurosonic Noorderslag. An annual music festival with the participation of bands from all over Europe.
Now let’s see some famous locals in the city of Groningen.
- Club Kokomo Groningen: night club.
- Vera: local with live music.
- Shadrak: night club.
- Twister Groningen: night club.
- Ocean 41: cafè.
- &ZO Nightclub
- Paradigm: night club.
- De Smederij: cafè with jazz music.
Below we will list the hotels that you can find in Groningen.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=QYT&aid=960457 – hotels next to the airport.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-2145032&aid=960457 – hotels in the city.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=451&aid=960457 – hotels next to the station.
Continue to page 2 to find the typical dishes and restaurants of the city.