One of the top bike cities to pedal around, Groningen, a fair trade town is literally awash with students (every 5th person in the city is a student) due to having the University of Groningen (founded in 1614) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The largest city in the north of the Netherlands, Groningen is the economic capital of the north with the largest natural gas-field in Western Europe, the largest sugar factory in the world and one of the largest shipbuilding centers of Netherland. Founded in 950 AD on the site of a Roman camp, it is cloaked in old medieval buildings with a rich history and has the youngest population (20-24 years old) of any city in the Netherlands.
The inner city dating back to the early Middle Ages is rocked by the urban culture and antics of its student population. Think vibrant nightlife where bars that never close overflow with bodies. If you want to hear alternative music such as Nirvana, you should head to the underground pop club, Vera. Annually the Eurosonic Festival is held in Groningen, that is the largest European showcase festival. There are museums about anything you can imagine, from comics to tobacco, to explore when you don't have a hangover. A hot bed of talent, it was the birthplace of artists Jozef Israels and WH Message. If you happen to be in Groningen during August, you will get the chance to go to the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival that draws up to 150,000 visitors.
Grab a bike and ride on the extensive trail of riding pathways, especially at Nooderplantsoen with its meandering trails where old earth ramparts, moats and ponds are incorporated into the landscape. The Old Town of squares and winding alleys is the historic core of the town where you can see Neoclassical or Renaissance architecture in its buildings, such as the Town Hall, the Gold Office and the Provinciehuis building. The former 15th Century monastery, Prinsenhof, has a stunning 17th Century rose and herb garden to stroll around.
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