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An increasing number of people are “learning” about the secret of Groningen. Within 2 hours from Amsterdam by train. This is a city where people – once they have been there – like to return to, as a visitor to the famous Groningen Museum, as a lover of the numerous attractive shops in the city centre, or simply for an enjoyable weekend break.

Groningen is a hospitable city. Our natural amiability seems almost un-Dutch and makes for everyone feel at home right away. People greet each other in the street and take the time to chat, which gives a feeling of familiarity. In Groningen, we know how to take life as it is. On the street cafés, in numerous restaurants from all corners of the world, or the various pubs. And all of themextremely close to each other.

When walking through Groningen, you can see the air from every point where you are standing. This provides an enormous feeling of quiet, space, and freedom. Every time you see the north-westerly wind blowing the clouds along the Martini tower, you once again realise that this is the reason why Groningen is a great city.


Of course the Martini Tower is the city’s main attraction! But there is much more to see both in and around Groningen. Nine man-made, artistic landmarks characterise the access roads to the city. The tenth marker is situated in the city, on the beautiful Martinikerkhof (the former churchyard of St Martin’s Church). Another eye-catching monument in the centre of town is the renovated Goudkantoor, built in 1635, which is a balanced counterpoint to the modern Waagstraat. The renowned Peerd van Ome Loeks (Uncle Luke’s Horse), the topic of a popular Groningen ditty, should also be seen; it is located opposite the entrance to the Central Station, on the Station square. The late 19th-century station building, a mixture of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles, has just recently been restored to its former glory, and forms a magnificent entrance to the city. Plans are currently afoot for the redesigning of the square. A smaller version of Uncle Luke’s Horse, called Lutje Loeks (small Luke’s) can also be seen (on the Radesingel).

On the edge of the city, there are three windmills that are still in operation. These are certainly worth a visit. Do you know how a polder (reclaimed land) windmill actually works?

The Martinitoren (St Martin’s Church Spire) has towered high above the city for more than 500 years. For almost all visitors, this tower marks the most conspicuous point of the city. In recent years the pride of the city has undergone a facelift and has been returned to its original glory, with the addition of the latest information devices. In this way, you can use your own mobile phone to talk with the tower.



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