The center of the city is quite compact (1 or 2 sq. km)
Everything is within walking distance, and you get to spot more hidden secrets that way.
It's by walking around that the same-sex and red light district locations were pointed out to me (not that I ever seemed to see anything interesting so far)
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If you come to Groningen by train you will for sure notice the beauty of our train station. In the 60ties the station was re-styled to modern age but luckily now it is restored to the old grandeur.
The construction of a permanent main train station only was started in 1893 and in 1896 the grand opening took place.
This monument is one of the most beautiful 19th century train stations of The Netherlands.
It was designed by an Amsterdam archtitect named I. Gosschalk in a neo renaissance style with Jugendstil elements.
The frontage is designed in a mixture of 16th century motives and because of it s lively and elegant lines very rare on a building.
The station is supposed to be a festive entrance to the city which can be seen in the higher mid part where main entrance and a large hall are.
A structure attached to the exterior of the building forming a covered entrance to the waitingroom is another unique detail.
In the top stones of the arches of the galery are sculptered heads of a farmer and his wife symbolizing agriculture as source of Groninger prosperity.
Above the entrance to the house of the stationmaster you can see roosters, sign of being alert.
In the framework of the service entrance in the west galery realistic heads of a postman and a conductor.
The roof over the train platforms are moderate and show a clear meaning of use, this in contrast to the main building.
The best way of transportation is cycling. The Dutch are known for their fondness of cycling. Even elderly people keep doing it!
By train is very comfortable! Groningens' beautiful railway station is near the city centre. More in my TRAVELOGUE.
When travelling by train, one must certainly have a look at the ceiling of the trainstation in Groningen. It's one of the remarkable elements of this historic building.
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