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.
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.
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!