About Groningen

The Province of Groningen

Groningen is situated in the North of Netherlands. Unlike the western part of the country with its densely populated urban areas, the province of Groningen is predominantly rural and quite unspoiled. As is the case in many parts of The Netherlands, a large area of the province lies below sea level, and land was reclaimed here until well into the 19th century. As a result, the coastal area (towards the "Wadden Sea") offers a limitless view in all directions. Groningen has a magnificent and varied countryside, with meandering rivers such as the Hunze River and the Drentsche Aa, which are home to lamprey, eel and other migratory fish species. Off the coast of Groningen is the Wadden Sea, which is named a world heritage site. There are also islands accessible from the coast, which are a special subject of interest for biologists and environmentalist, both nationally and internationally.

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The City of Groningen

Groningen is the largest city in the North of the Netherlands and is the capital city of the province of the same name. It is situated at the junction of the canalized Drentsche Aa and Hunze rivers and several canals. It has a population of approximately 195,000 and is considered to be the urban centre in a relatively undiscovered part of the Netherlands, thus giving Groningen a strategic prominence over a vast area.

Groningen is known as a university city, home to the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences. As a result, every 5th person in Groningen is a student. The city has a long and turbulent history, which is evident from the numerous historic buildings. It is considered as a charming city, with countless shops and boutiques and a laid back and spontaneous vibe that is unique to Groningen. The striking Groninger Museum opposite the central station is an absolute eye-catching example of modern architecture. The Universiteitsgebouw, the Town Hall and of course the characteristic tower Martinitoren or 'the Old Grey' are also remarkable city markings.

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Source: Groningen Congress Bureau & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groningen