It was a very nice city with very friendly people. Since I was not familiar with their language, everyone nicely helped everywhere I was in this city. I'd love to visit it again.
I lived in Groningen for two years and would love to go back, but there were times I felt like an outsider. Coffee shops were my favorite thing and their love of music.
I was an exchange student in Groningen for six months. I can tell you that city rocked my world -- I gotta come back someday.
Since I am from Hamburg, Germany, Groningen reminds me of my old town Bremen, which is not really far away from Groningen. Groningen is a really, really friendly village. It has everything you need, it isn't that expensive, and you can chill the whole day in the silence of the city. If you want to party, Groningen is one of the biggest student cities in the whole Netherlands. You can party there in the middle of the week until 6 o'clock in the morning! The Village isn't that big, though full of beautiful blonde girls. I had a great week in Groningen and will be going there again in May. For people who where in Amsterdam, and thought that its a bit to crowded, go to Groningen and have almost the same enjoyments and it's not that crowded!
Mani / Germany
Groningen is a very good place for relaxing and for not much money.
I stayed in Groningen a couple weeks ago. I am 32 so the whole pubs / student thing doesn't do any thing for me anymore...
Q- Would I stay here again. A- Yes, for 2 days instead of 3.
3 stars...average if you're not picky.
I could have seen the same stuff anywhere else in Holland. It's fun if you're under 30 and drink, I am neither.
Groningen is a sweet town - definitely worth a 25 euro train ride from Amsterdam. Lots of Pubs, big student population, this town rocks until 6 in the morning.
Groningen is located in the northernmost borders of The Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of Groningen and has almost one hundred ninety thousand inhabitants. Officially, the city exists from the beginning of the eleventh century and used to be a major trading and cultural center for many centuries.
The city features a very traditional Dutch character in terms of style and architecture, particularly obvious in the city center, where most of the attractions as well as the Groningen hostels are located. Hostels in Groningen are not many and are by and large conveniently located within the area of the historic center, but prices are not that low. Still, the city is relatively small, so don’t hesitate to book a hostel outside the very center of it.
Around Grote Markt, the main square, and the adjacent Vismarkt, you will find the only three buildings of the area that survived the WWII devastation -- the old City Hall, the Goudkantoor (tax authorities in the old times and café/restaurant nowadays), and the beautiful Martinikerk (church), with its tower which was once the highest building in Europe. Climbing up the tower is a must and will provide you with some great views of the city.
The city of Groningen features the highest rate of student population in the country (it is home to two universities), guaranteeing that the city is one of the most vibrant and dynamic in The Netherlands, with restaurants, bars, and cafes. Nightlife is notable with many bars remaining open till 7 or 8 in the morning.
The main train and bus stations are hosted in a beautiful building located within a ten-minute walking distance from both Grote Markt and Groningen hostels. The city has been characterized many times as the "world’s most bicycle-friendly city," and this is the best way to move around; walking is fine as well because the city is not big. Transportation is also fine. And like most of the Dutch cities, Groningen is quite heavily canalized -- taking a boat tour or hiring a canoe is highly recommended.
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