Things to do in Groningen

Visit the medieval downtown of Groningen

Groningen is a city located in the northern part of the Netherlands. Its downtown still contains amazing architecture, some of which even date back to the medieval times. All throughout the city are bustling shopping streets, interesting museums, and quaint restaurants. You can surely have an extraordinary Dutch holiday in Groningen.


Things to do in Groningen



If you’re spending your holiday in Groningen, take time to explore the different shopping streets in the city. The main pedestrianized shopping district is the Herestraat where you can find an assortment of clothes and souvenirs to buy. Folkingestraat is also a picturesque shopping street full of gift shops and bookstores.



Museums abound in the city. The Groningen Museum is highly acclaimed for its extensive collection of contemporary art. Then there’s the Het Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum which has documented the history of water transport in northern Europe. The Dutch Cartoon Museum is a child-friendly attraction where kids can see plenty of Dutch cartoons and learn how to draw one.



You can spend the night watching a rugby game or bar hopping through some of the hippest nightlife venues around town. Being a university town, the entire Groningen has a youthful vibe which becomes more apparent at night because of the different parties hosted here and there.


Travel to Amsterdam

Although there’s a lot of things to do in Groningen, sometimes it is nice to mix it up. Why not head to Amsterdam for a day or two. You can easily go there by train if you want to explore the bustling capital of the Netherlands.


When to go to Groningen

The city of Groningen has an oceanic climate defined by cold winters and warm, slightly humid summers. The average daytime high temperature in the summer season is around 22 °C (72 °F) while average lows in the winter season usually fall a little below freezing. The city also receives adequate rainfall throughout the year.



The famous Eurosonic Noorderslag music festival is hosted in Groningen annually. If you want to take part in this huge event, plan your trip in January.

Groningen Facts

Population198 108
AirportEelde, Netherlands (GRQ)

Groningen average temperatures

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