The city of Groningen is the largest city in the north of the country of The Netherlands and is also the capital of the province that goes by the same name. The population of the city is just under 200,000 inhabitants, so your holidays in Groningen will offer all the facilities that you should expect from such a large settlement. This is a lesser-known part of The Netherlands in which to enjoy a holiday. Although there are some hotels in the city, self catering accommodation in Groningen seem to be the order of the day; giving you total freedom to come and go as you please and really explore this part of the country.
Many of the things to do on your holidays in Groningen will be focussed on the fact that there is actually a huge student population in the city, especially when you consider its size. The nightlife is certainly the best in the north of The Netherlands and there are many bars, clubs, cafés and restaurants to enjoy. There is also a highly-regarded theatre in Groningen where you might like to catch the latest production - Stadsschouwburg. Other activities available include swimming, jogging, gym facilities and tennis. In the countryside surrounding the city it is possible to add walking, fishing, golf, cycling and horse riding to the list of activities.
If you fancy heading to the coast, during your holidays in Groningen, then you may be surprised to learn that the northern Netherlands coast is only around a 40 minute drive north of the city. Also, your drive will definitely we rewarded with some great sandy beaches once you get there and a number of small seaside resorts that offer a good range of tourist facilities. Turning our attention back to the city of Groningen itself, there are some attractions that you might like to find time to visit. These include a great choice in the way of museums, such as a maritime museum, a comic museum, a university museum and the main one in the city known as Groningen Museum - what else?
If you are wondering what sort of weather to expect on your holidays in Groningen, this is best described as temperate and similar to that of the north of England. During the peak summer months, average temperatures are around the high-teens degrees Celsius. In the winter, this is more likely to be between 4 and 7 degrees. Annual precipitation is around 900mm.
The city of Groningen does have its own airport (Groningen Airport (GRQ)) and there is a direct flight to Aberdeen Dyce Airport (ABZ) through BMI regional. For more in the way of choice, you might prefer to fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) which has numerous connections with the UK and from many airports.