Martini Toren - Martini Tower, Groningen
The Martini Tower is the main attraction of Groningen and the most famous too. The tower is 96 metres high and was finished in 1469. By the Groningers the tower is called "d'Olle Grieze" which is slang and means in english "the Old Grey one", this because of the colour of the Bentheimer sandstones that were used to build the tower.
The church is located on the Grote Markt. The square was heavily bombed during the second World War, but somehow the tower survived and could be restored, and didn't need to be rebuilt completely.
Entrance into the tower is € 2,50. Tickets can be bought at the Tourist Information desk (VVV) opposite the Martini Tower.
If you want to see Groningen from above you have to climb all the steps of the Martinitoren. For 2,50 euro you can buy a ticket at the vvv office opposite the tower.
Or just go to this website:
In 1482 the building was finished and the tower stood 127 meter high. When the walonian troops backed off in 1577 it was celebrated with fireworks on the tower. It burned down to 69 meter. In 1627 it was restored to 96,80 meter.
It is called d'Olle Grieze, the old gray one, by the locals.
1 april - 1 november :11.00 - 17.00
1 november - 1 april :12.00 - 16.00
When climbing the Martinitower you get a great booklet to explain everything. And if you speak dutch there are phonenumbers you can call on your mobilephone to get dutch explanation of the point you are standing.
The Martini Tower is the eye-catcher at the heart of the town of Groningen.
From april 1 till november 1 from 11AM to 5PM the tower is open daily.; entrance fee € 3.00.
More info at the Tourist Office, telephone: 0900-2023050.
Guided tours of the tower, call +31-50-313571350 to reserve a guide.
This church was build in the 15th century. The tower can be seen from a big distance, as it is 97 meters high. The church and tower have been build in different centuries, so there are different styles in the building. The church is now used for concerts, weddings and church services.
Martinitoren (Martini tower), to Groningers it's d'Olle Grieze (the Old Grey One), is a definate must do. Spectacular view of the city from the top.
Here are a few dates in its history:
1465 Tower was hit by lightning and severely damaged
1468 Tower collapse completely
1469 Construction of the tower in Gothic style began
1554 The Spire was completed with a height of 118m
1577 The Spire went up in flames as a result of bonfires being lit on the tower as send off to a Walloon soldier garrison. Loosing at the same time its carillon.
1627 The tower did not get a new spire until 1627 and is identical to the current one.
1661 New carillon was ordered at the Hemony firm, the Hemony brothers are the most famous bellfounders. Today a few of those bells are still part of the 53-bell carillon. One of those bells has a bullet hole from World War II. Although a crack in a bell can make a bell unfit for a carillon as they loose their tune, somehow the bullet hole has not changed the resonance of the bell.
You get your entry ticket at the Tourist Information Office Shop opposite the Martini Tower. They give you a great booklet that explains a lot about the tower.
Ultimately, the tower became 97 metres high. This height includes the wind vane, the horse of St. Martin, the church’s patron saint. So it is a good climb to the top. But don’t worry there are several levels during your climb to the top.
In the tolling chamber (1st level) they allow visitors to pull the cord to ring the bell. When you really get the bells going, you can hang on to the rope and be pulled with it.
You can climb to the top of the grey part. When it is not too windy, which we were fortunate to have a calm day, they open the carillon, the first green portion. We were actually able to stay up there while the bells rang.
Haha, though you better be prepared for some serious climbing up winding narrow steps ... works quite claustrophobic lol
But once you get up the tower and if you have the luck of a clear day, the view over the city and the surrounding countryside, well, just fabulous.
Oh and if you were brave enough to climb up and suddenly get caught by an attaque of virtigo ... bring a friend who doesn t suffer it to take photographs! That s at least how I did it last time I went up.
The Martinikerk is a part Romanogothic, part Gothic church with a tall Gothic tower, which has become the symbol of the city. The church was once the cathedral of the short-lived diocese of Groningen, but has been in protestant hands ever since 1594.
Here a picture of the Martini Tower (on the left in the back), from which you have a great view over the city. Since the city has mostly low builidings, you can see far away, and discover all the towers.
In May there is a fair going on for a few days. Normaly there is a market three days a week on that square.
The Martini tower is the most well known building in Groningen. When you visit this town you can't miss this tower with a height of 96 meters.
This is the third highest tower of The Netherlands and is already for more than 500 years the eye-catcher of Groningen.
It is possible to climb the tower to the second gallery. It is a good walk but the view over the city and its surroundings is great (al least when the weather is good). It is really worth doing it.
In the center of the City Groningen is 'The Martinitoren', The Martinitower. Build in 1469 and later and is 96 mtr high. You can climb the tower ask the Groninger tourist office