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Groningen is a city in The Netherlands with 180.000 inhabitants and is the capital of Groningen. Since 1614 the city has its university: the `Rijksuniversiteit Groningen'. The city Groningen was founded around 1100 A.D. and has a rich history, which can clearly be told from the old medieval buildings in the down town area.
Groningen has two train stations, the central station (Centraal Station) and the northern station (Station Noord). Most trains arrive at the central station. There is a direct connection from Amsterdam and from Schiphol airport to Groningen. The direct train ride from Schiphol/Amsterdam takes about 2:30 hours. Utrecht - Groningen city takes exactly 2 hours by train and puts you in the middle of the city.
All buses going to Groningen go directly to the central Station. So only a bus that is going to another direction do not go the the central station.
Driving in the old city is not the best option; parking is not always easy to find, none of it free.
There is a P&R facility to the east of the city, near the sports fields/hall. It is clearly marked when driving on the ring road. Parking there is free, and for a couple of euros a regular bus service takes you right to (and from) the Grote Markt, the heart of the city, within a couple of minutes.
Getting from any place in Groningen to the centre will take at most 20 minutes by bike. This makes the bike a fast, cheap and easy way to travel Groningen. Don't get scared by the overwhelming amount of bicycles. The city houses tens of thousands of students, whose primary means of transportation is the bike. Be advised though; bicycle theft is pretty high so use a good lock.
The centre of Groningen has many nice little cafes or restaurants where you can eat. Groningen is a real university city, so there are plenty cafe-restaurants where you can eat for less then ?10,-. Pizzeria Contini at the Hereweg at the south of the city is the best Italian restaurant in town.
Because Groningen has many students, the city centre features great places to drink. In summer, there is a nice terras in a rose garden. It is called de Prinsentuin. Highly Recommended. At the Grote Markt, there are several terasses and pubs including the largest pub of the Netherlands: The Drie Gezusters. The Kostery is located in a corner of the Grote Markt, next to the Martinitoren and serves drinks and light meals and snacks. Het Feithhuis is next to the Martini Tower and is popular place to go for lunch or dinner. A trendy city restaurant is Humphrey's which is at The Vismarkt. Bars in the down town area do not have fixed closing hours. Theoretically they can stay open for 24 hours a day, which a few bars do.
Groningen also has a few excellent coffeeshops, where you can buy and smoke cannabis products at a reasonable price.
The Glory, just off Zuiderdiep, Dee's (Donkergang), above which is a cool bar, de zolder (where you can smoke) and Oasis on Meeuwwerderweg (only open till 7pm and not on Sundays) - the best shop in town and also check out de vliegende hollander on Zuiderdiep opposite the cinema. Alcohol is not served in any of the coffeeshops.
Camping Stadspark is a camping ground in the Stadspark. In Europe, the English verb 'camping' has become a noun, so look for this on signs. Groningen also has a few hotels which differ in price and quality.