Be a tourist in GRO

The city of Groningen and its countryside (De Ommelanden) offers lots of places to discover. From the tranquil Wadden islands to romantic farm houses and dwelling hill villages. In this ‘under-the-radar gem’ you can live the Dutch life as nowhere else.

Groningen city and countryside (Ommelanden)

Groningen city

The tourist office about Groningen: “In Groningen, each nook and cranny has its own story. You can feel the city’s energy in the stunning views from the highest Martinitoren or when walking through the centuries-old streets. This is where oases of peace and quiet blend in seamlessy with lively student spots, hip shops and friendly market squares.”

Visit the tourist office official website for a myriad of activities and highlights in the city.

The Lonely Planet about Groningen: “Looking at a map of the Netherlands, Groningen seems a long way from anywhere – but this vibrant, youthful city is among the country’s most progressive urban metropolises, with a 40,000-strong student population injecting bags of creative zest into its buzzing cafe culture, hedonistic nightlife and rampant cultural scene.”

Visit the Lonely Planet guide website to get more experiences


Check out the programme of VERA, our world famous Club for the International Pop Underground. Tickets will sell fast, so buy well in advance!

Check out the programme of our main theater / concert organizers SPOT-Groningen. The week before the conference you could even enjoy Green Day and Weezer!

On the Grote Markt, the Grand Theatre offers non-mainstream events.

Simplon is another pop-music venue just 10 minute walk from the city center.

Groningen Ommelanden (countryside)

The tourist office about De Ommelanden: “Groningen is one of the oldest man-made landscapes in Europe and borders a UNESCO World Heritage site. Groningen in 1 day? No way. The province comprises seven regions, each with its very own character, places of interest and countryside.”

To learn more about the Groningen province, please visit the tourist office website.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands (occasionally referred to as “Holland” as well) has much to offer, both for city breaks and nature. You can easily find more information on various tourism sites. Please do note that the most popular places can be quite crowded (like Amsterdam, Giethoorn).