Groningen it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands and nationally known as the "Metropolis of the North". The city has a picturesque city centre, dating from the early Middle Ages, with many beautiful old buildings and canals. Between 2005 and 2007, Groningen’s old center was elected "best city centre" of the Netherlands. Grote Markt square, with the famous Martinitower, the fourth highest tower of the Netherlands, is the beating heart of this vibrant city.
In the great atmosphere of the historic centre of Groningen, you will find a broad range of shops for clothing, shoes, gifts, art and accessories, as well as many cafes and restaurants. Close to the Grote Markt, lies Vismarkt and Herestraat. These shopping streets are home to various large chain stores and exclusive boutiques. Folkingestraat lies within walking distance of Grote Markt square and is home to many lifestyle shops, boutiques and galleries, as well as multiple little eateries that serve a great lunch. Kromme Elleboog (Bent Elbow) consists of two small streets, Kleine Elleboog and Grote Elleboog and offers a range of enjoyable, somewhat more exclusive shops and restaurants.
Groningen main train station terminal, one of the most beautiful stations in Europe, has regular services to most of the major cities in the Netherlands. The following services call at Groningen once every hour by fast intercity trains to: Rotterdam - Gouda - Utrecht -The Hague - Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam. To Amsterdam, the journey will take about 2.5 hours.