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Tips for a city trip to Groningen

If you are coming to see Groningen for a city trip, there is no better place to stay than our friendly and comfortable University Hotel. You can walk to the theatre, to sidewalk cafés and restaurants (in fact, there’s one in our courtyard), to museums and to all kinds of events in the city. We are the ideal Groningen hotel for a city break.

Do you like cycling?

You can hire a bike in the basement of the library in Oude Boteringestraat, a 2-minute walk from our hotel. Or at the main station, which is easy if you are travelling by train or bus.

What’s on in Groningen?

Here are some tips for outings in the city. Follow us at Facebook University Hotel , and you will always be up to date. The full programme of Groningen city events is at Uit Groningen.

Tips for trips in Groningen

• The Groningen University Museum, just around the corner from the hotel, has regularly changing galeries beside the interesting permanent galleries, such as the anatomy room and the office of Aletta Jacobs. She was the first female doctor in the Netherlands and studied at the University of Groningen. There is a bronze bust of her in front of the Harmonie building, also around the corner from the Hotel.

• Groningen has always been a city of printers and graphic designers. Hendrik Werkman is one of the most famous. He was a member of a group of artists called De Ploeg (The Plough). The Groningen Graphics Museum (GRID), behind Martinikerk, shows old and new designs, prints, books, printing presses and other machines used in the graphic industry.

• Groningen is always full of music. Listen to pop music at places like Simplon and VERA, attend a concert of the Noord Nederlands Orkest, or enjoy live jazz in a pub. In the listings of Uit Groningen you will always find something to your taste. Last-minute theatre and cinema tickets are sold online at half price every Friday from noon onwards.

• Groningen is a Hanseatic city. Hundreds of years ago, there was a lively trade route connecting our city with others in northern Europe. Visit the old warehouses and commercial offices along the canals. We call a canal a ‘diep’, because it’s deep. Long-distance trade depended on shipping and therefore shipbuilding. In a beautiful 900-year old building on Brugstraat you will find the Maritime Museum: Scheepvaartmuseum, which is worth a visit. Temporary exhibitions are held in the basement.

• Talking about ships - how about boarding a boat for a Canal trip? The boats leave in front of the main station.

• Do you prefer walking? You can also join an interesting guided tour (English) through the city on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon at 3.00 PM. They start and end at the Tourist Information Office at Grote Markt and take about 1.5 hours. The Tourist Information Office advises to book beforehand by calling + 31 50 313 97 41, or by e-mail to, or stopping by. 

You will love Groningen. Enjoy your stay!