Groningen is the capital city of the eponymous province in the north Netherlands. With a population of 201,865 as of 2016, it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands.
As a lively university city (about 55000 students from all around the world), Groningen has the youngest average population in the Netherlands. Although the city is not very big, it does have an important role as the main urban center of this part of the country, particularly in the fields of music and other arts, education and business. The large number of students living there also contributes to a diverse cultural scene for a city of its size.
Groningen has been called the “World Cycling City” because 57% of journeys within the city are made by bicycle. Getting from any place in town to the center will take at most 20 minutes cycling. This makes the bike a fast, cheap and easy way to travel in Groningen. Don’t get scared by the overwhelming amount of bicycles. The city center is both pleasant and interesting, with plenty of cultural heritage and a laid-back atmosphere. Together with the excellent Groningen Museum, it forms the main attraction for visitors.
Like many cities in The Netherlands, the center is surrounded by a canal. Several historic canals have been dried or filled and turned into streets. The heart of the city is formed around the two adjoining market squares. The Grote Markt (or Large Market) and the Vismarkt (or Fish Market). Standing tall on the edge of the Grote Markt is the Martini Tower, a true landmark for Groningen and one of its main attractions.
Groningen Airport Eelde is located 10 kilometers south of the center of Groningen, with scheduled and holiday charter services to European destinations like London, Copenhagen, and many other European countries.
The temperate climate is pleasant in Groningen, without extremes due to its coastal climate. Due to its location in the north of the Netherlands, during winter the average temperatures of this city are slightly lower than the average of the rest of the Netherlands. Snow and freezing temperatures are common in the winter and 30 degrees
Celsius in the summer is not exceptional. Most average daytime highs in summer are around 22°C.