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Home to the youngest average population in the whole of the Netherlands, Groningen is a lively university city with something for visitors of all ages. Lined with picturesque canals, and with a car-free centre perfect for cycling, this is a city where rich heritage meets a youthful creative scene and vibrant nightlife. If you’re seeking a cool, comfortable place from which to explore the city, look no further than the Apollo Hotel Groningen.
Get your bearings
What better way is there to get a sense of the city than with its best view? That’s what you’ll find at the top of the Martinitoren or Martini Tower, a 96m-tall medieval tower that has stood in the city centre since 1482. In stark contrast, the Groninger Museum is a riot of colourful modern design dreamt up by architect Alessandro Mendini. A group of three pavilions sitting in the canal opposite the city’s train station, it houses a range of international contemporary art.
Folkingestraat and Zwanestraat are both past winners of the ‘best shopping street in the Netherlands’ award, and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by markets, independent boutiques and fashion outlets, visitors can spend hours exploring here. Cheese fans should head straight for De Kaaskop, said to be the best cheese shop in the whole of the Netherlands.
While you’re there
As a student city, it’s not surprising that Groningen is well known for its nightlife. There’s a multitude of bars and clubs that never seem to close their doors, so you won’t struggle to find somewhere that matches your vibe, but if you’re after something a bit more laid-back, the city is also home to some fantastic coffee houses and restaurants. And don’t miss DOT, a distinctive waterside geodome in Ebbingekwartier, which houses a bistro and film and theatre hall, and even stages planetarium shows.