Groningen

Parking in Groningen




Groningen is the bustling capitol city of a province also going by the name Groningen. With 185.000 inhabitants, it is the eighth largest city in the Netherlands. About 25% of inhabitants study at the Hanze University Groningen or the University of Groningen, which guarantees a nice crowd in town both during weekdays and in weekends.

The Grote Markt is the central square in town and is surrounded by many pedestrian friendly streets containing shops, bars and restaurants. Groningen has some very nice architecture, of which the Martini tower on the Grote Markt is probably most famous.

Groningen is famous for several festivals, such as the Noorderslag music festival in January, the Noorderzon performing arts festival in August, and the Noorderlicht photography festival in October. Luckily during the EULEVOTO weekend we will also be treated to a typical Groningen custom: the “Bloemetjesmarkt” – best translated as flower market, which takes places annually on Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). On this day our city center changes into one large flowerbed, attracting many flower-fond locals and tourists. Should you be able to, it is well worth arriving a bit early on April 2nd to enjoy the flowers and atmosphere, and perhaps buy some nice tulip bulbs as a souvenir.

Gay nightlife can be experienced in one of several gay and lesbians bars (e.g. El Rubio, Gay bar dancing Golden Arm, Towanda, Viva la Diva) or one of the gay-friendly bars (e.g. Drie Uiltjes, Bar Bubbles).

Additional information about Groningen can be found on http://toerisme.groningen.nl/english.




Parking in Groningen

Groningen has a very attractive historical centre, wich certainly contributes to the charm of the city. It also requires caution with regard to the traffic allowed, wich is why cars are kept out of the centre where possible. If you decide to travel to Groningen by car it's good to realize that parking in the city centre and surrounding areas costs around €1,50 per hour. However, P&R areas are available along all major roads entering Groningen. For only €2,- you can park as long as necessary and take the bus with a maximum of five persons. For an overview of the indoor car parks and the P&R area close to the city centre take a look at the following document:

Parking_2009.pdf

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