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Groningen is the capital city and main municipality of Groningen province in the Netherlands. It is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. As of December 2020, it had 233,218 inhabitants. It has a land area of 168.93 km², and a total area, including water, of 180.21 km². Its population density is 1,367 residents per km². On 1 January 2019, it was merged with the municipalities of Ten Boer and Haren. The Groningen-Assen metropolitan area has about half a million inhabitants. Groningen is a university city, and students comprise an estimated 25% of its total population. Groningen was established more than 950 years ago.

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1 - Haren

   6 km away

Haren is a town and a former municipality in the northeastern Netherlands located in the direct urban area of the City of Groningen. Haren is a typical commuting municipality with many wealthy inhabitants. It lies on the northern part of a ridge of sand called the Hondsrug.

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2 - Prinsentuin

The Prinsentuin or, Prinsenhoftuin is a garden built in renaissance style that is located in Groningen, behind the Prinsenhof. This Garden consists of a rose garden, a herb garden, a part with berceaus and a sundial on the wall above the entrance.

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3 - Tours & Sightseeing | The Jetty

Get ready to cruise around the beautiful Paterswoldsemeer on a floating terrace while enjoying a drink with friends. Things start on the right foot with a welcome glass of sparkling red wine, then you'll start sailing a special route that your captain's planned out. Your ticket includes thee drinks per person (choice of beer, wine, sodas, and water).

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4 - Groninger Forum

Forum Groningen is a cultural center in the city of Groningen in the northern Netherlands that houses a library, cinema, and parts of the Groninger Museum. Forum Groningen opened in November 2019, and is expected to receive 1.6 million visitors annually.

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5 - Ideal neighbor

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6 - Meerstad

   6 km away
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7 - Café De Sigaar

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8 - Winsum

   13 km away

Winsum is a town and a former municipality in the northeastern Netherlands. On 1 January 2019 the municipality merged with the municipalities of Bedum, De Marne and Eemsmond to form the new municipality Het Hogeland.

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9 - Warfhuizen

   17 km away

Warfhuizen is a village in province of Groningen, located in the northern part of the Netherlands. It is part of the municipality of Het Hogeland.

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10 - Noordpolderzijl

   24 km away

Noordpolderzijl is a hamlet in the Dutch province of Groningen. It is located in the municipality of Het Hogeland, about 4 km northwest of Usquert. Noordpolderzijl is named after the zijl in the dyke of the Noordpolder. The original sluice was built in 1811, when the Noordpolder was made dry. The hamlet is located on the land side of the sluice.

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11 - Beetsterzwaag

   36 km away

Beetsterzwaag is a village in the municipality of Opsterland in the east of Friesland in the Netherlands. It had a population of around 3,485 in January 2017.

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Groningen is a Dutch city, capital of the province of Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands. Groningen is one of the oldest cities in the country. Founded in 1040, it became an important commercial center in the Middle Ages before founding its university, which is one of the most important in the country, which contributes greatly to the dynamism of the city.

The city center is almost entirely pedestrianized and small enough to do everything on foot, but it is highly recommended to rent a bike to adopt the local lifestyle.

Groningen has a remarkable heritage, which mixes gracefully with contemporary achievements built on the wastelands left by World War II. Its courtyards & gardens hidden behind ordinary doors are real treasures to discover during your walks.

If you come to Groningen by train, you will be amazed as soon as you arrive. This neo-Gothic & renaissance train station has been voted by travelers as the most beautiful station in the Netherlands.

As in many northern cities, Groningen's Grote Market is the place to be and is lined with a bunch of lively cafés. On one side, is the impressive town hall. On the other side, the beautiful Martini Tower is a true emblem of the city. The brand new Cultural Center Forum is also just a few steps away. The Martini Tower, 60 miles (97 meters) high, is the highest building in the city for 500 years. It is a landmark that can be seen wherever you are.

For a visit in the middle of nature, the marvelous garden of the former Palace of the Prince of Nassau, now transformed into a hotel restaurant, is the ideal place. Long abandoned, this garden was meticulously reconstructed in 1939 with period drawings. It has a magnificent garden as well as immense tunnels of greenery where one walks under vegetable arches. Coming from the center, you pass by Martinikerkhof, another green space a few steps from the Grand Place.

This Dutch city is full of hidden gems, come and discover its canals, its many museums, the architecture of its colorful houses full of charm, and its hidden gardens, you will not be disappointed by your visit.

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How to get from Amsterdam to Groningen?

Groningen and Amsterdam are 2 hours away by car and bus, the intercity train takes almost 3 hours to reach its destination.
By car, depending on the traffic, it is advisable to drive from the south (A6) or from the north (A7), crossing the large dike that crosses the Ijsselmeer.
To park in Groningen, the easiest way is to go to a private underground parking lot, but beware that these are not free.

The city is full of restaurants and cafes where you can eat, it's up to you to choose what you prefer, there is cuisine of all kinds, Asian, Australian, typical Dutch, French, you will be spoilt for choice. We recommend Tekinev, Block & Barrels, and Bistro 't Gerecht, all three are located in the city center.

Getting around Groningen is very easy, the bus network is very well served, there are many cabs at the station, and otherwise, the easiest way to get around is on foot or by bike because the city is small.

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