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Full of life and booming with culture, Groningen is the capital city of the eponymous province in the country. The largest city in the north of the Netherlands, most of the lively and gripping environment can be attributed to its students, which form almost 25% of its population. From the breath-taking architecture, to surprising events, great shopping districts and excellent restaurants, Groningen provides something for everyone to take back.

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City Overview, Groningen        |        Image by guillermo gavilla

A historically important city, the origin of Groningen dates back to 1040, where it was founded in the Hondsrug area. It transformed into a significant trade centre in the 13th century and the Martini Tower, which is the most important piece of architecture in the city, was built at the end of the 15th century. In 1614, the University of Groningen was founded and brought with it an influx of students which would bring a whole new change. The onslaught of World War II damaged the main square and the Grotke Markt but the remaining structures escaped damage and they provide a rustic charm now.

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City Overview Night, Groningen        |        Image by konferenzadhs

With a good book and a warm cup of coffee from the adjoining cafes, explore the vibrant Grote Markt. The market hosts the Martini Tower and make sure to enjoy the breathtaking view of the skyline of the city from the top of the tower. Spend a moment with your family and friends on the countless terraces on the Grote Markt and take in the pleasant vibes of this bustling centre.

Enthralling music and idiosyncratic performances take place in August at the annual cultural summer festival which attracts people from all over the world. Have the best time at Eurosonic Noorderslag, a four-day music fest and rave all night. The Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary is a favourite among families. Learn about the life-cycle of seals and how the seals are welcomed, healed and then released back into the wild. A visit here is a unique experience for all.

For the peace and nature-lovers, Groningen is the perfect holiday destination. The Middag-Humsterland National Landscape is the best spot to admire the gorgeous coastline and discover the varied flora and fauna available. Bird watchers absolutely adore the Lauwersmeer National Park for the unique specimens of birds there.

This combination of nature and atmospheric attractions makes a trip to Groningen extremely exciting. A visit here is definitely an ideal proposition!

 

Travelling within Groningen is extremely convenient while using public transportation. With an extremely organized system of buses, trams, metro, trains and cycles, one is subjected to a completely different point of view of the city.

To avail these facilities, a valid public transport card is required. The OV-Chipkaart is the general public transportation card which is commonly used for transfers from Groningen and you can register for it online.

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Bus, Groningen       |        Image by Alfenaar from flickr 
 

Take a bus ride if you want easy and memorable travel.  Due to the numerous bus connections running over the city, you can always find a bus line which can take you to your destination. For ease of the passengers, a door to door journey-planner is available online which gives you the fastest way of travel. Easy intracity transfers are provided by the direct bus routes to cities like Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich.

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Cycle, Groningen        |        Image by Dick Aalders from flickr
 

The city’s main railway station is the Groningen railway station and it connects most of the country’s cities to Groningen. There are additional two railway stations, Europapark and Noord. Taking the train to and in Groningen and transfers from the city are very easy due to the presence of excellent rail services and the six railway routes provided.

Yet the most popular way of reaching your destination is either by cycling or walking. Groningen being a compact city makes it extremely easy to get around using your legs. Majority of the public is seen strolling through town.

Popularly referred to as the “World Cycling City’, an in-depth network of motorcycle paths placed everywhere makes the ride to your destination more convenient and enjoyable. Put your pedal to the metal and feel the wind breezing past you. The dykes, the churches, the beautiful gardens, the huge estate houses and even the old fortresses: Groningen is perfectly sized for wonderful themed cycling tours.

Taxis can be handy when you want to avoid crowds and travel without any waiting time. For easy, stress-free travel, Rydeu provides private transfers in and around the city. Rydeu strives to make every journey safe and enjoyable.

The major international airport of Groningen, Groningen Airport Eelde welcomes you as soon as your trip begins. Your journey begins at the airport itself and a lot depends on the method of airport transfers chosen.

The airport is situated 15 km from Groningen. You can easily reach the cities of Groningen and Assen by car using exit 37 of the Motorway A28.

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Groningen Airport Transfer | Image by Jeroen pijper photography from flickr 
 

Transfers from the airport in Groningen are straightforward when using the bus. The shuttle bus service 100 exclusively connects the centre of the city with the airport. Apart from the shuttle bus service, a bus line operated by Qbuzz connects the village of De Punt to Groningen Noord railway station via the city centre and the airport. Enjoy the view and switch over to rail services using line 9 which connects Assen railway station to line 50. Both these lines operate every half an hour in the morning and afternoon and every hour during evenings.

Another adventurous way of reaching your destination from the airport is by using a bicycle. Separate bicycle paths are placed parallel to the A28/E232 motorway and specific riding infrastructure is built on the way from Groningen to the airport. Put your pedal to the metal and feel the wind breezing past you.

Taxis are a convenient choice from travelling from the airport especially at night when there is no public transportation and you have a lot of luggage. Rydeu provides an easy solution for all your travel woes with easy airport transfers. They are cheap, affordable and leave you hassle-free to enjoy the journey to your destination.

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Groningen_PSSentury        |        Image by amcgore

 Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary -

 The Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary is a favourite among families. Learn about the life-cycle of seals and how the seals are welcomed, healed and then released back into the wild. The sanctuary has special activities for children and organizes numerous programs over the summer. A visit here is a unique experience for all.
 

 

 

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Groninger Museum        |        Image by Zachtleven

 

2. Groninger Museum

Admire the bold design of the Groninger Museum uniquely designed by the Italian architect Mendini. One of the city’s top attractions, the museum hosts gorgeous permanent collections of porcelain and De Ploeg paintings, along with temporary exhibitions ranging from fashion, photography, design and paintings which is worth a look.

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