Queen's day was in April in 2004. It was a HUGE party in groningen's city square. A lot of beer, concert's and what seemed like a girl/guy ratio of 4:1 (in favor of the guys). I "heard" it's because of the women's colleges around the area. Anyway, Drei Swesters (3 sisters) is an awesome club with what seems like 2 million different clubs inside itself- Deffinately a good time... unless there's a fire (the place is so big it's even hard to find your way out of).
P.S. Wear orange on queen's day
This is the main office of theGasunie.
This is the main office of the Gasunie. It is just outside theGroninger city between Groningen and Hoogkerk. It is the highest building here. The architecture is very modern and i like this style.
Here in this small bakery.
Here in this small bakery they make the Groninger honey cake, there are several kinds of honey cake here, with raisons, ginger, almonds and a tipical Oude Wijven Koek. There is a little hop in this bakery where you can buy fresh cakes.
The City-arms of Groningen.
The City-arms of Groningen
The city Groningen is the metropole of the North and, with a population of 175.000, the seventh largest city in the Netherlands. Groningen's attractiveness - the 'secret of Groningen' if you like - relies on a combination of factors: a historic city centre with elegant shops, lively markets and varied entertainment facilities. There is a very large student population and a wide range of art and culture venues. All these activities and energetic people come together within one square kilometre in the shadow of the Martini Tower: the 'Grote Markt' and its immediate vicinity. This combination makes Groningen a vital city at all hours of the day and night. Groningen boasts a level of amenities which can only be found in major cities. Institutions such as the University and the Academic Hospital make Groningen the regional centre for more than half a million people. Over the years, it has developed to become a modern network city, the centre of a dynamic and exciting region. Around half of those who work in Groningen live outside the city itself. Through excellent public transport, ongoing attention for the quality of the outlying area (the 'Ommeland') and through listening to the wishes of the people themselves, Groningen intends to strengthen its network function yet further.
Groningen has some very interesting shops, just go outside the main center a few streets, like the 'Oude Boteringestraat', and 'Zwanestraat' Because in the Herenstraat (which is the main shoppingstreet) there are only shops you find everywhere else in the Netherlands, and to me that is not the charm of Groningen.
In Groningen there is a fairly new contemporary art museum, it is a funky looking building. I remember the many comments this building got right after it was finished. People hate it, others love it. I love this building, maybe because I love colors, and outside and inside this museum is filled with bright colors.
Sometimes the walls have too much color which is [to me] not always doing right to the art that is hanging on them or standing in front of it. Because the walls have an influence on the artworks.
But the museum is interesting and also has a pleasant library inside where you can indulge in art magazines from all over the world. One part of the museum is a permanent collection with displays of ancient relics, this makes the museum interesting even if you do not like all the contemporary art.Related to:
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Cityhall dates from 1810 dand is dominating the Grote Markt.
At the end of the 18th century cityhall was a collection of old buildings. They were not practical and too old. In 1774 a competition was announced to design a new cityhall.
The competition rules told where the building was going to be, it had to be a rectangle building of about 35 by 32 meter, built around a courtyard and 3 story high. The facade had to have a row of columns and stairs. Also it had to be in natural stone.
In 1775 35 entries were judged. Jacob
Otten Husly(1738-1796) won the contest. But was told his design would be modified. Some other designs were used for this modification. The original design was a bit more playfull and not so static. In 1777 the new design of Otten Husly was approved. Cityhall of Groningen was completed in 1810, 36 years after the competition was announced.Related to:
When the main building of the university burned down in 1906 they only needed a short time(1907-1909) to built a new Academie gebouw. Because the university became larger and there were seperate instutes built the main building had a more representive function.
The design of J.A.W. Vrijman gives it a more representive look then the older much more static building. There are 5 figures in sandstone: Minerva, Scientia, Historic, Prudentia and Mathematica. They are depicting different studies: art, science, history, law, mathematics.
When arriving in groningen by train you immediately see one of the nicest building of the city: the trainstaion.
It was built in 1896 and designed by L. Gosschalk. Its Jugendstil- and renaissance styles are not be missed. In the 60s the building was renovated and rebuilt to the standards of that time. But they did not value the beautifull styles and much of it could not be seen for years. Years later the building was restored to its original splendour. The mainhall, 20 x 20 m and 14 m high, has a lot of woodcarvings and monumental tiles.
On a regular workingday 30.000 people use the trainstation.Related to:
Another statue you will find behind the Martini church is this one of St. Joris. He stand on a big concrete block in which the dead dragon is carved. St. Joris doesn't seen to be in a victorious mood after having slayed the dragon. He looks more timid to me.
Peerd van Ome Loeks
This statue is the most famous statue in Groningen. The location is perfect too. Right in front of the train station. The statue was made by Jan de Baat. He got the inspiration from a Gronings folk song called 'Het Peerd van Ome Loeks is dood'. Which means 'The Horse of Uncle Loeks in dead'. Kinda strange song to sing about or not? Wait untill you hear what it's about!
The song is about Loeks who wanted to get rid of his horse, he wanted to scare him away with a hay fork, but he stabbed the horse with it and thus the horse died of an infection!
Kinda morbid or nor, especially considered that these type of folk songs are mostly sung by children!Related to:
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The garden next to the museum. When we visited, water poured down from the roof and with the sun shining in front of me that gave this photograph.
The entrance gate you see is part of the exhibition, I forgot the name, something with Landscape inside out.Related to:
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The natural history museum sure is worth a visit, especially kids do like it.
The building was designed by Cornelis Hendrik Peters (1847-1932) and it first was home for the Groninger Museum of City and Province. In 1995 a new Groningen museum, designed by Mendini, arose in the canal in front of the station, and the Natural Museum of History moved into this building.
Open on: Thuesday - Friday: 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday and Sunday: 13.00 - 17.00
Closed on MondayRelated to:
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Should you find this place, don't forget to open the door and take a look in the courtyard. This used to be a medieval hospital, and behind this 18th-century facade there is a Gothic chapel. It's only a small thing, but oh so nice.Related to:
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The Academybuilding or main building of the university replaced an earlier building which was destroyed by fire in 1906. In 1907-1909 this building in neo-Renaissance style, designed by J.A.W. Vrijman, was built. The town hall of Bremen (Germany) was taken as an example for this design.
The Groninger poplation donated the clockwork for the tower.
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