Tours of the city's largest canals take approximately one hour and leave from out the front of the train station anywhere between one...
Groningen Bike Tours
Take a 2½-hour tour of the city. Prices include bikes; book online ahead of time to arrange a meeting place - it's generally near the...
Groningen's synagogue is one of the few working synagogues left in the country. It began life a century ago as a mosque (the light...
You can tell this gem of a brown cafe has been around a while; the bullet holes from the 1672 invasion attempt are a dead giveaway. Come...
Huis De Beurs
On a busy corner, this sidewalk cafe is a great place if you want to rubberneck for the inevitable speeding cyclist-dawdling shopper...
Groninger Museum information
Lonely Planet review
Arriving by train, it's impossible to miss the Groninger Museum. Occupying three islands in the middle of the canal in front of the station, the museum is, at the very least, a striking structure that will draw an opinion from any observer. The main collection is a eclectic mix of international artworks from throughout the the ages. Look for the oriental porcelain.
The colourful, oddly shaped museum was the brainchild of architect Alessandro Mendini, who invited three 'guest architects' to each tackle a section. This explains why, to many, the museum has little consistency and appears thrown together at a whim. Inside, things are quite different; bright, pastel colours add life to the large, square exhibition rooms, and natural light seeps in from all angles.
The large spaces below the waterline, which have flooded in the past, are used for temporary exhibitions; like the curatorial direction, they are a wonderfully eccentric mix.