City profile

With a population of around 188,000, Groningen is by far the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. It is a university city, inhabited on average by about 50,000 students.

Groningen has been called the World Cycling City, since 57% of journeys within the city are made by bicycle.

The city centre features narrow cobbled streets and old buildings full of character, including an eclectic range of shops and eateries.Groningen has its own big theatre and concert venue called Martini Plaza.Several cafes feature live music, a few of which specialize in jazz music, including Jazzcafe De Spiegel on the Peperstraat.

Groningen's nightlife depends largely on its student population. Its cultural scene is vibrant and remarkable for a city of its size. In particular, the Grote Markt, the Vismarkt, and the Poelestraat and Peperstraat are crowded at night, especially on Thursdays and Saturdays when some bars do not close until 7 in the morning. In 2006, Groningen was elected the best city centre in the Netherlands


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City Travel

Flights to Amsterdam from: Belfast, Cork, Dublin,
Train Amsterdam to Groningen: 2hrs

(Also, 6 flights a week directly to Groningen, from London Southend)