This is the bustling cultural heart of the province with attention for art and architecture, design and the Hanseatic trade league. There are friendly cafés and restaurants, wonderful theatres and high-profile festivals. The city centre has charming shopping streets and historical buildings tell their own particular story.
For centuries Groningen has been popular with students, both prospective and ex-students. Groningen has approximately 50.000 students in higher education and university out of a total population of 200.000. With around half under the age of 35.
Since the Groningen World exhibition in 1903, Groningen has remained a festival city, whether sports, pop music, classical music, or theatre, the international Film Festival Rotterdam in Groningen or Noorderlicht is concerned.
The Grote Markt
The Grote Markt square has a daily market except for Sunday and Monday, and with a large general goods market on Tuesday and Saturday. The Grote Markt square is also the starting and finishing point to wander through various lovely streets.