Those coming to Groningen for the first time will stumble from one surprise into another. Groningen is an amazing, compact city with a world of culture, art, history, shops, restaurants and bars, all within walking distance of each other. Upon arrival, train passengers will be greeted by Groningen's most famous inhabitant: The Horse of Uncle Luke, situated right in front of the stunningly restored Railway Station. You'll pass the colourful building of the much-talked about Groninger Museum on the Museum Bridge. On the Grote Markt are beautiful historical façades such as De Drie Gezusters, the Goudkantoor and not to forget, [i]d'Olle Grieze[/i], that is the Martini Tower. The student city of Groningen is always moving with lively events such as Eurosonic Noorderslag, Swinging Groningen and Noorderzon theatre festival.
Dubbed 'stadjers', the inhabitants of the city of Groningen are down-to-earth, friendly people who will take their time with you. Whilst shopping you can easily take a seat in a cosy café or restaurant. Groningen is great for party animals; and there are many good pubs and bars in the city centre. A bike is an ideal mode of transport in the incredibly bike-friendly city of Groningen. From Groningen, you can easily take a day trip to the Frisian island of Schiermonnikoog; you'll be on the island within two hours by bus and boat.