Canal boat tour

The city centre of Groningen is surrounded by the beautiful canal belt. Even though it will be cold in January, renting a boat or going on a canal tour is a great way to get to know the city from a different angle. Be advised to tuck your head in when passing underneath one of […]

Forum Cultural Centre

Groningen’s landmark cultural centre – home to the city’s tourist office, library, five cinemas, exhibition spaces, the Nederlands Stripmuseumand a fabulous pavement cafe – will open its doors in 2019. Towering 10 storeys high on Nieuwe Markt, the eye-popping trapezoidal building is downtown’s most striking piece of contemporary architecture and an icon of the new […]


The most famous tower of the Groningen skyline. A climb of 251 spiraling stone steps to the summit of this 96m-tall medieval tower (1482) rewards with grand views – and worrisome proximity to its giant bells, which ring every 15 minutes most days.

Noordelijk Scheepsvaartmuseum

This engaging tour of the lives of seamen and the ships they sailed unfolds through the set of buildings that once made up a 16th-century distillery. Going through the labyrinth of 18 rooms is an achievement in itself. Highlights include an intricately carved replica of the church at Paramaribo – the capital of former Dutch […]

Groninger Museum

Those arriving by train can’t help but notice the Groninger Museum. Occupying three islands in the ring canal in front of the station, the museum is, at the very least, a striking structure that will draw an opinion from any observer. Within is a mix of local and international artworks from throughout the ages.