Groningen is the largest, or as its inhabitants say, the only city in the northern part of Holland. It fulfills a central function in the region, and is easily accessible via Groningen Airport Eelde.
The Hanseatic city of Groningen has enjoyed a rich history. Many architectural highlights from the past can still be seen in the city centre, such as the old city walls and the ancient harbours surrounded by historic warehouses and authentic freight ships. Ancient facades in the city centre stand side by side with contemporary Italian architecture and buildings such as the striking head office of the Gasunie gas company, a landmark structure designed by architects Alberts en van de Huut.
The second-oldest university city in Holland, Groningen is home to about 40,000 students, approximately 4,000 of whom are from abroad. The mix of students and locals gives the city a very young feel. The average age of the Groningen population is a mere 34 years!
Groningen has so much to offer, from the Noorderslag Festival – a major music festival attracting over 150,000 visitors annually – to exciting exhibitions in the Groninger Museum, or a relaxing bike ride through the city and its lush surroundings. Groningen welcomes you to experience a taste of the north; there is no place like Groningen. And did you know the tower that leans the most in Europe is not in the city you’d expect, but in the small village of Bedum……