Groningen City

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As a lively university city, Groningen has the youngest average population in Holland. The city centre boasts numerous historic buildings and countless shops and boutiques. The city centre was once elected ‘Holland’s best’ because of its unique charm and atmosphere.

  • Discover the university city of Groningen and enjoy its art, culture, and pleasant atmosphere.
  • Try the Groninger Koek with a cup of coffee.
  • Climb the Martinitoren (Martini Tower) for the best view of the city.

Highlights in Groningen 

The city centre of Groningen is perfect for shopping. There are countless markets and antiques and fashion shops. The Groninger Museum lets you dive into art and culture. Relax in one of the cafes or restaurants on Grote Markt. You can climb the Martinitoren for a view encompassing the entire city. 

Visit Groningen 

Try to combine your visit to Groningen with the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival. This international art manifestation is held in August and draws over 125,000 visitors every year. The Groninger Koek is a culinary treat from the region. Other highlights in the province, like Bourtange, Hortus Haren, and Pieterburen, are within easy reach from Groningen.

Accessibility and parking in Groningen

Groningen, the northernmost province of Holland, is about two hours by car from Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. You can also get to Groningen easily by public transport (train). If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. There is free parking in the so-called P+R areas!


Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre or on the outskirts of the city, Groningen has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

To discover nearby

Other beautiful cities are not far from Groningen, such as Leeuwarden, Heerenveen, and Assen. You can also visit Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen. Definitely worthwhile!

Editors’ tip:

Would you like to get away from the city bustle? Visit the unique medieval fortress of Bourtange and spend the night in the centuries-old but beautifully renovated barracks.

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