Welcome to Groningen


Groningen was already an independent city-state and key trading centre by the late Middle Ages; the iconic Martinitoren stands as a reminder of this Golden Age, miraculously surviving fierce fighting here late in WWII before Groningen's liberation on 17 April 1945. Groningen's highly regarded university dates to 1614 and its refreshingly car-free centre is a result of zealous town planning in the 1970s that saw the city controversially get rid of motorised traffic from its old town. Dozens of Dutch cities subsequently followed suit, but it is pioneering Groningen that remains one of the country's most brilliant cycling cities.


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$35.01 Private & Custom Tours

Groningen Private Guided Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Groningen starts at your hotel or if you travel to Groningen from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town.  Groningen is known as a lively university city. The city has the youngest average population in the Netherlands. It has a long and turbulent history, which becomes evident from the historic warehouses, courts and buildings.Groningen is also a city with nerve, with the most numerous examples of innovative architecture within its boundaries. In addition, it was once proclaimed as the city with the best city centre in the Netherlands because of its charm. Experience all of this and explore Groningen with your personal guide. During the tour you will climb the Martini tower, Groningen’s landmark for over 500 years and offering a splendid view over the city.The Martini tower is the highest church steeple in the city of Groningen and the bell tower of the Martini Church. The citizens of Groningen call their tower d'Olle Grieze, meaning the old grey one in the local dialect.Discover the city of Groningen with your own eyes and walk through this lively university city.

$61.71 Transfers & Ground Transport

Low Cost Private Transfer From Eelde Airport to Groningen City - One Way

Don’t exhaust yourself with delays and problems in public transport. Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will bring you to your location in Groningen quick and safe. After a long and dreading flight, we want you not to have to deal with language barriers and all other kinds of struggles you can endure in a foreign country. Therefore we will make sure that your private driver is awaiting you in the arrival terminal of the airport. He will make contact with you, assist you and your luggage to the car and immediately take you to your final destination in Groningen city. While you are relaxing don’t forget to look out the windows: you might even pass by the famous Martinitoren or the beautiful Martinikerk. To make sure that your transfer progresses smoothly we ask you to provide us with your flight number and the address of destination in Groningen when you confirm the booking. As soon as you booked you will receive a transfer voucher to present to your private driver.

$141.22 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour to Giethoorn, Enclosing Dike & Bourtagne

Meet your guide/driver at our central meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destinations. The journey takes you through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea, and most of the land where you drive through today was a sea until the 1950-ties. Your first destination will be Giethoorn, definitely one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands. The town has been one of the most popular tourist villages in the country and is nick named the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking. No cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the middle ages. During a short walking tour trough the village, your guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. You'll also experience Giethoorn from the water in a 1 hr boattrip. After that you will enjoy a one course meal of high quality. After that you will depart to Bourtange. Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1593 under the orders of William the I of Orange, to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by the Spaniards during the time of the Eighty Years' War. You will be guided through the highlights of Bourtange. Late afternoon you drive back to Amsterdam via the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), one of the most famous waterworks of Holland!

$189.87 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Nickerie and Bigi-Pan 2-day Tour

8.30 hr - Departure @ 't VAT (Klein Waterstraat / Kleine Dwarsstraat) - pickup and departure in small airconditioned minivansThe first stop we make is at Groningen, the main town of District Saramacca. The guide will tel you the history of this town.The ride will than continue further to the coconut city, Coronie, there you see many palm trees, small wooden houses and little white churches.The next stop will be in New -Nickerie. We will have a walk through the town, which have +/- 8.000 inhabitants.The night will be spent in one of the hotels.The following day after breakfast we will sail to the Bigipan nature reserve in a small boat. There you will spot different birds and various other animals. After the tour through Bigipan we will start our journey back to Paramaribo.

$141.22 Tours & Sightseeing

Full day tour from Amsterdam to Giethoorn, Bourtange & Enclosing Dike

Meet your guide/driver at our central meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destinations. The journey takes you through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea, and most of the land where you drive through today was a sea until the 1950-ties. Your first destination will be Giethoorn, definitely one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands. The town has been one of the most popular tourist villages in the country and is nick named the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking. No cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the middle ages. During a short walking tour trough the village, your guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. You'll also experience Giethoorn from the water in a 1 hr boattrip. After that you will enjoy a one course meal of high quality. After that you will depart to Bourtange.  Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1593 under the orders of William the I of Orange, to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by the Spaniards during the time of the Eighty Years' War. You will be guided through the highlights of Bourtange. Late afternoon we drive back to Amsterdam via the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), one of the most famous waterworks of Holland! Highlights: Instant Confirmation All entrance fees included Pickup from a centrally located meeting point Informative, friendly and professional guide Explore the canals of picturesque Giethoorn Enjoy the highlights of Bourtange Drive across typical Dutch "polders" (land reclaimed from the sea) Enjoy some free time to explore Giethoorn on your own Drive over the Enclosing Dike

$41.53 Private & Custom Tours

Groningen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

With our customized walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it’s like to be a true local. The more notice, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.