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Would you like to travel to a place steeped in history and young at heart? Search for cheap air tickets to Groningen, get away from the typical travel destinations of the Netherlands and submerge into the beauties of the Dutch North. Radiant Groningen is the capital of the Groningen Province and the second largest student town in the country, after Amsterdam. Students are a main composite of Groningen’s population, determinant of the city’s character and charm and defining the lively atmosphere, booming arts, music scene and nightlife. Top class museums, exquisite galleries and a wonderful skyline with historic buildings lining traditional canals and picturesque bridges will make up the perfect backdrop for your dreamy vacations. Find your cheap hotel in Groningen, book your flights and accommodation and have a fantastic trip!
Traces of Groningen’s first human settlement have been shown as far back as the 3rd century AD, making Groningen one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities. Growing fast and developing at an exponential rate, the city soon became a primary port of Northern Europe in the Middle Ages, a fact that gave birth to some of the city’s most impressive historic buildings, still seen today.
Modern Groningen has now the capital status of the northernmost Dutch Province, sharing borders with Germany.
The university of Groningen dates back to 1614 and still attract a tremendous number of students from all over the world. It’s interesting that roughly one fifth of Groningen’s population consists of university students.
The trip to Groningen will offer you a unique cultural experience, taking you to a journey into arts, history and Dutch tradition and showing the way through the long history of one of the Netherlands’ most historic cities.
Not to be missed!
The airport of Groningen (Groningen Airport Eelde) is located 9 kilometres south of the city centre, but you will find more convenient travelling to Groningen through Amsterdam. The Schiphol airport provides fast and reliable connection to every Dutch city through bus and train services.
Getting around Groningen
Groningen’s public transportation network consists of buses, but practically everyone gets around the city by bicycle. You can rent a bike, take the bus – fares start from 1.00€ - or take a taxi – minimum fare costs around 7.00€.
Arriving in Groningen by train, it’s difficult not to notice the Groninger Museum, one of the country’s – and possibly the world’s – most important museums. Stretching across three isles in the middle of the canal facing the central station, this museum represents the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, to create a cutting-edge and radical building that has no rival.
To achieve this, he summoned a number of artists with different styles, who together, created the building you are witnessing today. Four wings of substantial style and character house contemporary art exhibitions of equal appeal. Collections include a fine selection of timeless art, archaeological collections, ceramics from the East and decorative arts. The whole work of the museum ranks among the world’s top contemporary art collections.
Continue to the central square of Groningen, the Grote Markt and head to some of the points of interest of the area.
Begin at the neoclassical city hall of Groningen (Stadhuis), dating back to 1810 and see the Renaissance Goudkantoor (Gold Office), once serving as a gold collection office and now housing a restaurant.
Head to the nearby 15-century Martinikerk and admire the monumental Martinitoren, the church’s bell tower that reaches 97 metres in height and is the fourth tallest building in the Netherlands. Construction began in 1469 and was completed in 1482, with some more recent additions in 1627. Climb up the top of the tower and you’ll be rewarded with a marvellous panoramic view of the city.
The two most interesting locations in Groningen await you now:
- The Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum is a double museum, housed in two medieval buildings. Focusing on the long maritime history of Groningen, collections include models, equipment, maps and other related historic memorabilia.
- The botanical garden of Groningen (Hortus Haren) dates back to the 17th century and features a fantastic collection of exotic plants and flowers, from alpine to tropical and from European to Chinese-styled gardens.
Finally, you could not miss the opportunity to reach the northernmost point of Groningen at the shores of the North Sea, to pay a visit to the 't Schathoes Menkemaborg. A fine example of mansions once belonging to the aristocracy, the so-called “borg”, the building has been extensively renovated and houses historical collections of antiques, furniture and paintings that date back to the 18th century.
The official language of Groningen is Dutch, but English, French and German are also widely spoken.