Groningen is a dynamic city in the Netherands, renowned for its university, Martini Tower and museum. Its city centre is historic with many medieval buildings in the downtown area, but it now plays host to a variety of busy bars, restaurants and major shops.
The airport is served by Arriva bus number 52 and 53, which connect to the Groningen Central Station twice an hour on weekdays, and hourly on Sundays (only number 52). Various private bus services also run shuttles, and there are plenty of taxis available.
Schimmelpennick Huys Hotel in the heart of the city is one of the ten most important historical monuments of Groningen. The elegantly restored patrician’s house is close to the market square, in the shopping and entertainment district. www.schimmelpenninckhuys.nl
The Hampshire City Hotel is a modern hotel in the historic city centre of Groningen. It offers a cosy hotel bar and is close to numerous restaurants. www.hampshire-hotels.com
Thai Jasmine is a popular choice for large portions of tasty Thai food that offer good value. The restaurant is spacious and well-lit with an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work. www.thai-jasmine.nl
Fresh, French cuisine awaits at Voilà, which serves a daily changing five-course dinner menu for €35.00. Credit cards are not accepted. www.restaurantvoila.nl
Climb the Martini Tower for spectacular views over the city. At 127 metres tall, this building (named after St Martinus and not the drink!) was the tallest in Europe at the time of its construction.
The Groninger Museum is located opposite the main central station and is renowned for its striking design by Italian architect Mendini as well as its leading contemporary art exhibitions. www.groningermuseum.nl