15 Best Things to Do in Groningen (the Netherlands)

Groningen was once one of the most powerful cities in the Netherlands and now serves as the capital of the Groningen province in the north of the Netherlands.

With a population of approximately 200,000 it is one of the largest cities in the country.

The Hondsrug area where Groningen is situated has seen some form of settlement for many years, right back to 3950 BC, however the city didn’t develop hugely until the 13th century.

During this period it became a large trade centre and had a city wall.

During the 1600’s the University of Groningen was built and the city became increasingly focused around education.

As with many other Dutch cities, Groningen was devastated during WW2 but many of its iconic buildings remained untouched.

Today Groningen’s combination of historical architecture, fantastic museums, culture and nightlife make it a fantastic place to visit.

Lets explore the best things to do in Groningen:

1. Martinitoren


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The Martinitoren is an immense church steeple that towers over the city of Groningen and servers as the bell tower to the Martinikerk.

Standing at a colossal 97m this is one of the tallest buildings in the city and is considered a fine tourist attraction.

Constructed originally in the 1300’s, the tower has seen several iterations due to destruction and lighting storms.

The tower is built in a Romanesque style and has many similarities to the Dom Tower in Utrecht.

As one of the premier tourist attractions, you can climb the 260 steps to the top of the bell tower and take in the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the city of Groningen and the surrounding landscapes of the Netherlands.

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15 Best Things to Do in Groningen (the Netherlands):

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