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Groningen: Small City, Full of Life

Groningen market

Economic and cultural capital

The city of Groningen is located in the northern part of the Netherlands. As the economic and cultural capital of the north of the Netherlands, the city of Groningen enjoys a bustling atmosphere, while retaining a safe community character. What will probably strike you most when entering this lively university town is its youthful population. More than a quarter of the city’s 200,000 inhabitants consists of students. You will find them everywhere: studying in the park, having a drink with fellow students in one of the many pubs, or riding their bicycles.

Hoge der Aa

Old and new

The oldest document referring to Groningen's existence dates from 1040. The city centre is a mixture of fine, historic buildings, many of which belong to the University of Groningen, and modern architecture. The Groningen Museum and the University Medical Centre Groningen are examples of ground-breaking architecture. The city is a strong supporter of the arts and invests generously in creative talent. Groningen encourages research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It attracts many young, creative entrepreneurs and invests in outstanding IT infrastructure.

Students on bicycle

Pro-cycling policy

Groningen combats traffic congestion through a strict pro-cycling policy, and it is considered one of the best cycling cities in the world. Restrictions on auto movement through the city and investments in cycling infrastructure have made the city centre a safe and comfortable environment for pedestrians and bikers.

The Groningen countryside

Beautiful countryside

With the city’s many bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and sports facilities, you will never get bored. If you do feel like leaving the vibrant city life however, the countryside is never far away. Take a breath of air and clear your head while enjoying the flat landscape and limitless view in all directions when you get nearer to the ‘Wadden Sea’.

Location Groningen


Groningen is located 2 hours from Utrecht; 2.5 from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport; and 3 hours from The Hague and Rotterdam. Located close to the German border, Groningen is also only 2 hours from Bremen and 3 hours from Hamburg.

Last modified:07 November 2018 09.17 a.m.