The city of Groningen is located in the province of Groningen in the Northern part of Holland. It is the sixth biggest city of the country and home to 30,000 of the 50,000 student that study here. Whether you are planning your meeting here or just want to explore the city, spending the day in Groningen gives you a lot of business and leisure options.
Groningen is the sixth largest city of Holland
Groningen is of origin a hanseatic city
Groningen has the second oldest (1614) University of Holland
Groningen is easy to reach by car, plane or public transportation. Groningen has a small airport (Groningen Airport Eelde) just 15 kilometres away from the city centre. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol you can take the train (142 minutes) or go by car (2 hours).
Meeting and business venues
The city offers a wide variety of meeting venues, hotels and inspirational conference rooms. With it’s characteristic architecture and mellow atmosphere it will be easy to find a venue that suits your business meeting or conference.
Groningen is host to venue spaces up to 2,500 people. They have extensive experience in organising big and small international conventions and can offer a great diversity of landscapes. Compared with the big conference cities in the West, the north is also 30-35% cheaper.
Staying in Groningen? You might want to consider NH Hotel de Ville or Mercure Groningen Martiniplaza. But there are many, many, many more options. How about Asgard Hotel Groningen or Hampshire Hotel Plaza Groningen?
After your meeting
Groningen is a great place to spend a day or two. They have a broad range of museums, shopping areas, restaurants and sights.
Groninger museum – Even the building itself is spectacular! Don’t miss this one.
Het Nederlands Stripmuseum Groningen – Home of many Dutch talented cartoonists.
Noorderlijk Scheepvaartmuseum – The history of the North Dutch shipbuilding and shipping from the Middle Ages to the present day comes to life in this museum.
City centre – The inner city of Groningen is a wonderful place for a shopping spree. You will find many fashion, vintage and shoe shops with something to offer for every budget.
Grote Markt – From tuesday till saturday you will find flowers, clothing and food at the big market.
Casual or haute cuisine? City vibe or intimate setting? A view at the lively, characteristic streets or going back to basics? Groningen has it all. Throughout Groningen you can find many restaurants. But these restaurants are very popular:
When you are in Groningen it is almost impossible not to notice the Martinitower. Walk the 323 steps and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the six story high tower. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view over Groningen and its surroundings with its distinctive farms of the Ommeland.
A day in Groningen..
With all these tips I am almost sure you need a few extra days of stay in Groningen. Have fun and let me know your favourite part of the city!