Flights to Groningen
Groningen – the Dutch university town
Groningen, in the north-eastern Netherlands, is a renowned Dutch university city. The city’s student population alone is over 55,000, making Groningen a very youthful and lively place. It has everything a pleasant, comfortable living environment needs. The canals you will find in Groningen are quintessentially Dutch, locals tend to be helpful and kind, and the architecture provides insight into the city’s history – just some of the reasons why people keep on coming back to Groningen.
Kids & families
Wonderwereld Ter Apel
A fantasy world for adults and children right in the middle of Ter Apeler forest, where fictional characters and real animals meet. At Wonderwereld Ter Apel, every character from your favourite fairy tale comes to life. If you’re hungry, the jungle-themed café is the right place to rest and refuel, as the scenery will keep the little ones enthralled.
A truly exciting visitor experience where children cannot just watch and listen but pet, hold and touch the animals. Doe Zoo has over 700 m2 of space, where one can hold a small tortoise in one’s lap, let various reptiles to slither on one’s body or examine grasshoppers close up. Come and watch children enjoying and learning from nature through hands-on experiences.
There’s no country in the world where the kids aren’t interested in comics – vice versa! The world comics have created and beckon us to join is so captivating that no other genre of book has been able to exceed it. Nederlands Stripmuseum, which was picked as the best museum of 2016, is famous all over Europe for its collection of comic books. It has books, magazines, board games and video games, and workshops teach the art of making one’s own comics.
Groninger Museum is one of the most distinctive in the entire region. The building’s architecture is special, consisting of three different pavilions designed by Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, French architect Philippe Starck and Coop Himmelb(l)au’s architects. The museum’s collections and exhibitions are mainly centred on major works of modern and contemporary art. It is a repository for works by local photographers, illustrators and painters from all over the world.
If you’re buying tickets online, it’s important to actually print out the tickets.
One of the major sights in Groningen is the 13th century St. Martin’s Church (Martinkerk Groningen), whose 96-metre-tall Martin’s Tower is one of the heavily touristed architectural monuments. After ascending 250 stairs, the tower provides a view of the entire city of Groningen. The ringing of the bells is performed by a musicianlive.
Find time and climb the church steeple for an amazing view of beautiful Groningen.
Food, drink and nightlife
Since the city is full of students, the vibrant nightlife and buzzing cafes and bars are one of the city’s calling cards. Groningen has no citywide closing time, so it’s fun to visit many establishments in one evening.
Osteria Da Vinci
The Italian restaurant Osteria Da Vinci is beloved by locals, its tasty pastas and pizzas and salads are known citywide. It’s a great option for both lovers of Italian food and newcomers to cisalpine cuisine, as the wide selection and fresh-sourced ingredients give reason to become a convert to la cucina italiana.
The Groningen city centre restaurant ‘t Feithhuis is famous for its beautiful courtyard and genuinely delicious fare and superb coffee from the city’s best roasters.
The beer drinkers’ paradise De Pintelier, with a line-up of over 80 bottled beers and 20 drafts. The bar, which also has genuinely friendly service, is right in the city centre and is open every day until the early morning hours.
A real favourite for design aficionados is Stardust. Here you will find new clothing, footwear, jewellery and other accessories, and also prized vintage products from trademarks like Dior, Gucci and Ralph Laurent.
Kaashandel van der Ley
The cheese shop Kaashandel van der Ley in the heart of the city has the best selection in the Netherlands, mostly offering products only for sale on the domestic market. To get an idea of the best that Dutch farmers have to offer, we recommend making a separate trip to this particular shop.
A genuinely cute shop with a fairy-tale atmosphere, Droppie, carries an assortment of over 300 confections.
Combine Netherlands and college town and you know bikes are going to figure in the equation. It’s the most popular conveyance for getting around town.
Groningen has city buses, a Metro, tram and train lines within town and connecting the city to other points in the Netherlands. Public transport is convenient and the timetable has frequent stops.
Did you know...
- Bicyclists make up 57% of the city transport users
- One of five residents is a student, so bars and nightspots are allowed to stay open 24 hours straight
- A large part of the city’s population is between the ages of 20 and 24
- Nordica’s direct flight from Copenhagen to Groningen takes 1 hour and 5 minutes
Copenhagen (CPH) - Groningen (GRQ)
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