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Martini Toren (Martini Tower)

Since I live not far from the Netherlands border I'm a frequent guest there. One of my favorite cities is Groningen which is only a 45 minutes drive away.

Groningen is the biggest city in northern Netherlands and quite old. The oldest archaeological traces found are believed to stem from the years 3950 BCE–3720 BCE, although the first major settlement in Groningen has been traced back to the 3rd century CE. The oldest document referring to Groningen's existence dates from 1040 (Source: Wikipedia) but nowadays it's a young city. More than 50,000 students visit the Groningen University which has been founded in 1614.

Groningen has an amazing architecture and a great mix of very old and ultra new buildings. The Martini Toren (Martini Tower), a 127 m tall building, dominates the main place Grote Markt (great market) and was built in the 15th century.

Martini Toren (Martini Tower)
You can climb up the stairs and have a wonderful view from up there (unfortunately the wind was too icy to survive up there ;)).  The city hall is located across the Martini Tower at the Grote Markt. Behind the Martini Toren / Martini Kerk (Martini church) you find the Provinciehuis (Provincial building) from 1594.

I loved the Prinsentuin (Prince's garden) which is built in renaissance style in 1626. It's a calm place in a busy city. The garden consists of a rose garden, a herb garden, a part with bereceaus and a sundial on the wall above the entrance.

On several days a week different markets take place at the Grote Markt or the Vismarkt (Fish market). Saturday is the main day though. At the markets you find everything from fish, veggies, fruits, bread and of course cheese and flowers.

All and all Groningen is always great for a trip. No matter if you stay there for several days or just for 1 day.

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Martini Toren (Martini Tower)
Martini Toren (Martini Tower)
Martini Toren (Martini Tower)
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Martini Kerk
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Martini Kerk
Martini Kerk (Martini church)
Martini Kerk (Martini church)
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Martini Kerk
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial Building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial building)
Provinciehuis (Provincial building)
Houseboats on the gracht (channel)
Houseboats on the gracht (channel)
Houseboats on the gracht (channel)
Houseboats on the gracht (channel)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
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Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
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Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Prinsentuin (Princess garden)
Prinsentuin (Princes's garden)
Sint Walburgstraat
Sint Walburgstraat
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
City Hall
Buildings at Grote Markt
Buildings at Grote Markt
Buildings at Grote Markt
Buildings at Grote Markt
Tiny building at Grote Markt
Tiny building at Grote Markt
Buildings at Grote Markt
Buildings at Grote Markt
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Goudkantoor (Gold office)
Vismarkt (Fish market)
Vismarkt (Fish market)
Mobile Cafè
Mobile Cafè
Cheese
Cheese
Bread
Bread
Fish
Fish
Crabs
Crabs
Mussel
Mussel
Fruit
Fruit
flowers
flowers
tulips
tulips
De Korenbeurs
De Korenbeurs
Entrance
Entrance
Bikes to buy
Bikes to buy
Bikes to buy
Bikes to buy
dutch trucks ;)
dutch trucks ;)
dutch trucks ;) (to rent for € 1…
dutch trucks ;) (to rent for € …
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
Aa-Kerk (Aa-church)
unique car
unique car
unique car
unique car
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
Akademie (The Academy)
PeugeotS never die ;)
Peugeot'S never die ;)
Groningen
photo by: liekevo