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Planning a short break to Groningen? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Groningen. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Groningen. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.


Martinikerkhof 3, Groningen. The Martinikerk, of which the oldest part dates back to the 13th century, is one of the biggest attractions in Groningen. The original church was in built in the Romano-Gothic style and of the 13th century church only the transept and crossing as well as the two vaults of the nave remain.

The church underwent a number of changes through the centuries. The tower was built with natural stone and dates from 1469-1482. It was built in a much richer Gothic style than the rest of the church. The tower has become the symbol of the city.

Open every Saturday from Easter to 11 November, 12 am to 5 pm. An accompanied tour takes place every day at 1.30 pm on the days that the church is open for the public.

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Grafisch Museum

Rabenhauptstraat 65, Groningen. This museum is dedicated to 550 years of the art of book printing, from the fist hand set books right through to modern word-processing. In the "Werkmanatelier" you will see the press and typographical material that was used by the Groninger printer/artist, H N Werkman. Regular workshops in this technique takes place in this studio. The museum has a book bindery and a lithographic department. Children are allowed to make their own prints under supervision. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission for adults is EUR3 and children up to 16 years of age pay EUR2,25.

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City trip through the ancient channels of Groni

This tour will take you on a trip through the channels of Groningen, on board of the "Pronkjewail" or "Goldenraand". You will be able to experience the history of this city and view the beautiful patrician houses and towers along the way. The boats depart daily right through the year, except if extreme weather conditions make it impossible to sail. Reservations should be made - visit the web site for more information A rel='nofollow' href=""> You will embark opposite the Central Station. The duration of the tour is approximately 75 minutes.

Reitdiep cruise

You will sail with the "Ommelaand" through the Reitdiep channel to a lake called the "Lauwersmeer". Don't miss this trip if you want to discover the countryside of Groningen. On your way to your destination you can sit back and relax in the sun while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. At "Zoutkamp", at the end of Reitdiep, lunch is provided on board. From here a qualified guide will introduce you to the Lauwersmeer area. He will point out many bird species and answer any questions you may have. Binoculars will be provided, so you will be able to see the birds up close. You will embark at Groningen opposite the Central Station at 8.30 am, depart at 8.45 am and arrive back in Groningen at 19.30 pm. The cruise takes place every Friday from June to August. It will cost you EUR42 per person.

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Westerhaven 71, Groningen. Visit the world of Comic Strips and Cartoonists. By using an interactive method, you will be shown how comic strips come about. This fun museum has much to offer for both young and old. You will meet Eric de Noorman, the well known cartoonist of the Netherlands and some of the famous cartoon characters. Comic strips have been around for very long time and this museum will take you on a journey through the history of this art form. From ancient hieroglyphics to modern computer animation programmes. The museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission for adults is EUR7, children from 4 to 11 years old pay EUR5,75 and children 3 years and younger go in for free.

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Golden Tulip Paterswolde

Groningerweg 19, Paterswolde. The Golden Tulip is not situated in Groningen but is uniquely situated on the banks of lake Paterswolde. Groningen is a stone's throw away so you will still be able to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. It is ideally located where you can discover the surrounding areas and the beautiful scenery of the North of Holland. The hotel has 63 luxury rooms and 2 suites, each equipped with an en-suite bathroom and a hairdryer. The Brasserie offers lunch or dinner daily from 10 am to 10.30 pm. 't Restaurant van Paterswolde is well known for its excellent cuisine. Lunch is served from 12 am to 3 pm and for dinner at 6 pm to 9.30 pm. The facilities of the new Health Club is free of charge for all guests. They offer a swimming pool, sauna and fitness facilities. The Health Club is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.

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Martinikerkhof 23. Groningen. This house was originally used as a fraternity house of a very strict order called "de Broeders des Gemenenlevens". They kept themselves busy with the translation and transcription of books. In 1568 it became the home of Groningen's first Bishop. After the surrendering of Groningen in 1584, Prins Maurits and Willem Lodewijk took up residence. From 1808 to 1916 the house was used as a military hospital and today it is home to Radio and TV Noord.

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Holland Casino

Gedempte Kattendiep 15, Groningen. The Holland Casino is one of the 12 legal casinos in the Netherlands. What is more exciting than to try your luck with the possibility of winning big? The Casino has the usual one arm bandits and American Roulette and Black Jack tables. Other games include Caribbean Stud Poker, Mega Jackpot, Punto Banco, Holland Casino Bingo en Derby Horse Race. The Casino has quite a few restaurants and bars where you can celebrate after a big win or wher you can drink away your sorrows after you've lost.

You have to be 18 years old to enter and you may be asked to provide proof. Open daily from 1.30 pm to 3 am. Admission is EUR3,50.

Restaurant Tijdloos

t Voormalig Klein Poortje 11, Groningen. The restaurant is situated on the corner of a canal with the difficult name of "'t Voormalig Klein Poortje". The statues of black musicians prominently adds to the Cajun theme of the restaurant. You will be entertained by relaxing Cajun jazz and Dixieland. Cajun cooking is known for its use of exotic spices and the combination of fish and meat in one dish.

Be sure to try Ichabod's Creole Mustard Soup, Mamou's Deep Fried Jalapanos and Red Mullet or Runaway Big Bird and Hot Peppered Picans - names that make the imagination take flight! Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5.30 am to 9.30 am.

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De Gulzige Kater

Kattendiep 33. Groningen. Directly translated the name of this cafe/pub is "the greedy cat". The name gives you an indication of the homey and relaxed atmosphere that resides in this warehouse style pub. It is situated opposite the Holland Casino and for convenience you can park your car in the parking garage of the casino.

This roomy cafe/pub is the perfect place to mingle with the locals. You are guaranteed to have lots of fun. The Gulzige Kater has been around for 6 years and the staff believe in good food and no nonsense service.

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