|Local cheese (1kg)||$11.75|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$6.78|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$3.80|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$2.71|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$12.20|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$1.95|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 807.91|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$9.49|
Groningen is located on the northeast part of the Netherlands. With a population of 193,000, it is the metropolitan heart of the region by the same name. The city’s identity has been formed by both its history and its remote location. Groningen was a Hanseatic city, part of the mercantile association that linked the cities on the Baltic and the North Sea. That resulted in an isolated culture, from its architecture and arts to its colloquial speech, something you have to experience for yourself in order to appreciate it.
Visitors who come to Groningen from Amsterdam need to change trains at either Amersfoort or Hilversum and the ride is about 2 to 3 hours. For better understanding and information, make sure to check out the railway’s Journey Planner.
Groningen is the urban center of the northeastern Netherlands, which provides it with all the facilities of the more populated Dutch cities. In Groningen, you will find the finest renowned museums and cultural attractions, beautiful restaurants and fine cafes, a respected university and much more.
When you book cheap flights to Groningen, you will be welcomed by some of the finest architecture in Netherlands. You should visit the Martinikerk (or St. Martinus Church) and hangon the corner of the Great Market (Grote Markt), with its crucifix going back to the 13th century. The St. Martinus Tower has seen a few incarnations between the 13th and up until the 15th century. The tower will give visitors a panoramic view of the city from a height of 96.8 meters.
To see another medieval church, just follow the pedestrianized Vismarkt until you reach the Aa-kerkhof. The church named after the Drentsche Aa River the cross Croningen and the region of Drenthe. The impressive Gothic cross basilica used to serve the city from the mid-13th century. However, it is now used for cultural and business events.
When you travel to Groningen, you will be impressed by the activities that you can try. The Croninger Museum is the crown jewel of the city. Its diverse collection is the finest in both modern and local art. The 17th century art shares the modern museum with modern expressionism of De Ploe. The museum was created by a mixture of several imaginative minds, ranging from Philippe Starck to the chief architect Alessandro Mendini.
Groningen has its local specialties, whether it’s drink, food or both. For instance, the well-known branded raisins and apricots are consumed all over the country.
Ontbijtkoek (breakfast cake) should be one of the foods you need to try as soon as you book flights to Groningen. You should also try the local mozzarella di bufala, made from the water buffaloes that can be found just a little bit west of the city. Brussels Lof, located between the Aa-Kerk and the university, draws many tourists with its pescetarian food. Thau Jasmine is famous for its pan-Thai dishes, while the famous Doppio bar offers very good coffee and some delicious cakes. Its successful recipe has been replicated nationwide and it is a good place to eat sandwiches, snacks and drink coffee.
People with some more time on their hands should visit The Tea Factory (De Theefabriek). Tea lovers must visit also the tea museum in Houwerzijl. With over 275 varieties of tea, De Theefabriek declares to have the widest tea menu from any other country in the world. Visitors will be very much informed about their tea choices when they visit the museum, where the whole process starting from the plantation up until the finish product is documented.
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