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Introducing Groningen City

Looking at a map of the Netherlands, Groningen seems a long way from anywhere – looks can be deceiving.

This vibrant, youthful city is very much part of the comings and goings of the country, and has all you'd expect of a progressive metropolis. Its student population (which has been around since 1614 when the university opened) of 20,000 ensures a healthy, hedonistic nightlife exists alongside the museums and other culture its more mature, established residents (think professors) demand. And like everywhere in this waterlogged country, you'll find gabled houses reflected in still canals.