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The B&B is located in the western quarter of Groningen's city centre. This is the address:
Hoge der A 7, 9712 AC, Groningen
The address of the back entrance (for guests traveling by car) is Lutkenieuwstraat 18-20. Please use the 9712AZ postal code, if using satnav.
Traveling by car: from Assen or Drachten, take exit 36 Ring West (at the Gasunie headquarters). Then take the second exit Centrum/ Schilderswijk/ Hoogkerk. Turn right towards the city centre, cross the railway and turn left after approximately 400 metres, when you get to the 'Gezondheidscentrum/ Apotheek', turn left into the street Friesestraatweg. After 150 metres, you turn right at the traffic lights. Follow this street, the Kraneweg, and continue to go straight on at the cross roads with traffic lights onto the Verlengde Visschersstraat, and cross the bridge, the Vissersbrug. Then turn right into the Hoge der Aa, and, after about 150 metres, turn left into the Turftorenstraat. Then turn right after 100 metres into the even narrower street Lukenieuwstraat. After 100 metres, turn right, into the Kuipersplaats. Between number 18 and 20 you will see two green garage doors and a doorbell. You can either ring the bell or inform us of your arrival by phone:
+31 6 22 38 50 87.
Traveling by train: It is a 10-15 minute walk to the B&B from Groningen's central train station. Walking directions: Cross the Werkmanbrug bridge, outside the museum opposite the to the train station, and continue to walk straight on through the Ubbo Emmiusstraat. Cross the Zuiderdiep, and continue through the Folkingestraat. Turn left when you get to the Vismarkt, into the Akerkhof Noordzijde, which continues into the Brugstraat. Turn right into the Hoge der A, just before you get to the bridge.
Groningen is the main administrative centre as well as the capital city of the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. The city is sometimes described as the 'metropolis of the North'.
With a population of 202,567 (in 2017) it is one of the 10 largest cities in the Netherlands. Groningen is a centre of diverse trade and industry. Groningen is also a university city: more than 40.000 students study at either the University of Groningen or the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. For this reason Groningen is considered a 'young' city: Groningen is a popular place to live for both students and families with young children.
The city did not escape the devastation of World War II. In particular, the main square, the Grote Markt, was largely destroyed in April 1945 in the Battle of Groningen. However, the Martinitoren, its church, the Goudkantoor, and the city hall were not damaged.
The Vismarkt is located to the west of the Grote Markt. The south end of this square includes a number of fine buildings. On the west side of the square you will find the Korenbeurs (originally a corn exchange). This fine building is an indication of the wealth of the province in the 19th century, that was based on the grain crops raised on the fertile sea clay soils.
Behind the Korenbeurs, you will find the Der Aa-kerk church, the second parish church, after the Martini church, in the historic city centre of Groningen. If you walk on further west, you will find a number of fine (former) warehouses alongside the water, on the Hoge der Aa, as well as at the Noorderhaven.
Groningen is well known for its 'hofjes'; complexes of small alms-houses around enclosed courtyards, like the Pelstergasthuis and the Pepergasthuis. The central station of Groningen, located just outside the inner city centre, dates back to 1896, and is one of the finest train stations in the Netherlands.
Groningen has a fine selection of sculptures in the public space, including a number made by the artist Wladimir de Vries. A project of the University of Groningen contributed to this large number of sculptures. You will also find a sculpture or installation on every main road, leading out of Groningen, which were realised as part of the project 'Stadsmarkeringen' in 1990.