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Groningen is the capital of the northern province of Groningen. It is a student city and counts about 60000 students of which 40000 live in the centre. The city's symbol is the Martini Tower, also called the old grey.
To park your car in Groningen can be challenging during the weekend because of the many visitors and German tourists. Almost everywhere is paid parking except on Sundays. Groningen has several large car parks, but these can be full during the weekend, so it's advisable to reserve a parking space in advance via Parkimeter.
Free parking used to be easier than now; outside the city centre, you could sometimes park in the suburbs. Due to the increasing interest in the city, there is a growing demand for parking spaces. The municipality has now introduced paid parking outside the city. Residents of Groningen can apply for a parking card for various zones in the city, but there is a waiting list of up to 9 months.
Groningen is a popular city for students and starters. Therefore, Groningen has an abundance of excellent restaurants and bars. When the weather is nice, it can be impossible to find a place on a terrace because everyone wants to enjoy the sun. On the Grote Markt, you will find the Martinitoren, which symbolises the student city and an indispensably beautiful building that lends itself to the town hall.
Next to the Grote Markt, you also have the Vismarkt, the name says it all; the Vismarkt has a fishy smell because there are all kinds of market stalls on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Residents and tourists pick up nice fish or other delicacies from the market during their weekend, and at the end of the day, everything is cleaned up, and nothing is left of the market except its fish smell.
Around the Vismarkt and the Grote Markt, there are many beautiful buildings and lovely streets to visit. One of these streets is the Zwanestraat, which was named the best street in the Netherlands a few years ago. Furthermore, a visit to the Groninger Museum is recommended, and during nice weather, you can rent a boat to enjoy the canals.
You can enjoy the city carefree by reserving a parking space via Parkimeter. Park your car and walk straight into the beautiful city centre or take public transport to visit other parts of the city.
Groningen is a real student city; students come from all over the world to study at the Hanzehogeschool or Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG). With around 35000 students and 6000 staff, the RUG is one of the largest and oldest universities in the Netherlands. Because of the many Dutch and international students, the city is truly characterised as a young, hip and enterprising city.
In 2019, the Forum was completed, and the building received many comments because it would not fit within the streetscape of Groningen. The building is enormous and serves as an art and culture centre, tourist office, cinema, library, study place for students and rooftop with a view over the province. To enjoy all this carefree fun, reserve a parking space in advance via Parkimeter.